All wood floors require finish, which protects against everyday wear and tear. It is important to consider what type of wear your floors will experience based on your lifestyle. A wood flooring specialist can help guide you in determining which finish will work best.
Surface finishes are film-forming finishes that remain on the surface of the wood to form a protective coating. There are several types of surface finishes available.
Penetrating finishes include natural oil finishes, which can be penetrating oils or hard wax oil finishes. They penetrate the pores of the wood, hardening to achieve a durable, long-lasting finish. Hardwax Oils attach to the microfibers on the surface of the wood.
Information provided by the NWFA - National Wood Flooring Association.
With factory-finished wood floors, the finish and color are applied at the factory, long before it reaches your home. You will be able to walk on the floors immediately after installation.
A site finish is applied at the job site, in the room where the flooring is being installed. This offers the most customization, with an unlimited palette of color and finish options, but also requires drying time during which you will not be able to walk on the floor.
The sheen of your wood floor finish is a matter of personal preference and lifestyle.
Gloss finishes offer the most shine and reflect the most light. Semi-gloss finishes offer some shine and reflect some light. Satin finishes offer less light reflection. Matte finishes offer the least shine and reflect the least light.
The less sheen, the less you will notice small scratches and other normal wear.
The natural colors of wood are often highlighted within each wood floor.
These natural colors may be toned up or down to create darker or lighter versions of the wood itself.
With the help of stains and a variety of color recipes, the color options for your floors are endless
This information has been reproduced from the NWFA - woodfloors.org