Applying a finish to your hardwood floors will keep them well protected against heavy traffic, dirt, and dust. Finishes add another layer to your raw wood, thereby sealing it so dirt and other external elements that are detrimental to your wood cannot easily penetrate it.

If you have hardwood floors at home or are planning to install them, there is a wide variety of finishes you can choose from to help protect them. The key is, not all finishes go well with all kinds of wood species, so it is important to know which type of finishes are viable options and which ones should be avoided. You can consult a professional if you prefer, but you can also research them on your own.

Generally, there are two kinds of finishes: surface finishes and penetrating finishes. Surface finishes are the kind that only add protection on the surface of your wood and simply create a thin sealant.

Penetrating finishes, on the other hand, permeate your wood, so not only the surface is well protected, but also the grain. Penetrating finishes are normally applied in thicker coats, so it’s best to understand the proper application of these finishes before you begin if you choose to apply them yourself. In addition, there are products that are not advised for your floors once they are covered with a penetrating finish, so it is important to familiarize yourself with those as well.

Here is a brief summary of some of the different finishes that are available for hardwood floors:

  • Water-based urethane. This type of finish is a surface finish since it does not penetrate into the grain of the wood. However, unlike other types of finishes, water-based urethane is easier to apply and has a faster drying time.  The main con is that it is considered to be one of the most expensive types of finishes.
  • Oil-modified urethane. This is the most commonly used finish for hardwood floor. It is petroleum-based with durable features and is moisture resistant. Many choose this type of finish because it is easier to apply.
  • Moisture-cured urethane.  This is a solvent-based solution that is known for its non-yellowing feature, meaning you can be assured of long-lasting color on your hardwood floors. It is also more moisture resistant than other finishes and is stronger overall. The downfalls are that it leaves a strong odor and is difficult to apply.
  • Wax. This type of finish has been around the longest, is the easiest type to apply, and is quick to dry.  It is used for added protection to your hardwood floors and is also the least expensive option available.

At Superior Hardwoods & Millwork, we actually offer several finishes for your reclaimed hardwood and hardwood flooring.

We offer two waterbased products made by Bona-Kemi: Traffic– which is a commercial grade finish and is our most durable. Mega– is a residential finish and what we find to be the one most people go with. We also provide a polyurethane finish made by Bona-Kemi as well! As well as a penetrating finish we offer from Rubio Monocoat.

Contact us today and we will get you set up with the finishes you need to maintain your hardwood flooring for years to come!

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