Types of floor finishes

types of floor finishes

Today, home owners are becoming more meticulous when it comes to the look of their floors. They want more than just the usual sand and finish job—they want a floor that will perfectly fit the overall design concept of their home. Lucky for them, there are now many ways on how they can achieve the design that they wish and choosing the right floor finish is one of them.


There are different types of floor finishes available today

So it can be overwhelming for you to find the right floor finish for your home. With a bit of research, you can be able to familiarize what are the differences of each finish and you can find the perfect floor finish for your needs. To help you out, here are some information that you need to know:

• Shellac

Shellac is derived from the resin secreted by a lac bug. Because of its natural origin, it is considered to be a natural looking and environmental friendly alternative to synthetic floor finishes. In addition to its health and eco-friendly benefits, it is also easy to maintain, remove and dries easily. However, this type of finish is not as durable as other floor finishes.

• Wax

Wax is the most commonly used floor finish for centuries. Now that antique looking floors are starting to resurface, more and more contractors are recommending the use of this floor finish. Given the fact that wax is naturally derived, it gives the floor a softer look and allows the fibers of the wood to age and breathe in the most natural way. It also has no chemical odors which makes it the finish of choice by eco lovers. It is also very easy to apply at it is quick drying and one can just easily remove it if a mistake has been committed during the application process.

• Lacquer

Lacquers are more commonly used as sealers in floor installation but it can be used to enhance the look and color of a wooden floor. This can be used to create different unique stains when combined with universal tinting bases. The use of this finish helps to create a whitewash effect on the floors. Just be reminded that lacquers are not compatible with oil based and water borne stains.

• Bleach

Before, pastel and white floors are all the rage and that trend is achieved using this floor finish. Today, bleaching is no longer commonly used since there are already light colored flooring in the market but if you wish to achieve a distressed driftwood flooring, this is remains to be the finish of choice. When applied in excess, bleach has the tendency to damage the fiber of the wood. Because of this, it is important that you practice caution in applying this finish.

• Aniline Dye

This dye is made from coal tar derivatives or aniline oils and are applied as powder form. This is perfect for creating an antique and distressed look or in creating unique colors in borders and medalions. It can be used on its own or it can be mixed to an already existing stain in order to make its color a lot more vibrant. However, this type of floor finish is quite difficult to work with and it can highlight the flaws of your floor, even the small sanding imperfections can be easily noticeable. Lastly, this dye is not totally colorfast and it easily fades when exposed to direct sunlight.

Whatever type of floor finishes you wish to have, Wood Floor and Beyond is here to provide you what you need. Call us now to know more about the different types of floor finishes that we offer and experience a one-of-a-kind flooring services that you can only get from us!

phone (212) 751 9570

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