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Wood Floor Finish2023-12-07T23:06:23+00:00

Finding the perfect finish for your hardwood flooring project is easy with Rustic Wood Floor Supply’s selection. Rustic wood floor supply offers a variety of wood flooring finishes from the top brands in the industry. Rustic offers wood flooring finish in water-based, oil-based, Swedish, acid cure, penetrating, and decking oil. Each finish has unique benefits and drawbacks as well as aesthetic attributes that draw customers to these fantastic products. All the wood flooring finish offered at Rustic Wood Floor Supply features excellent durability, ease of use, and top-quality support. Our store isn’t just here to sell you materials. We also have on-the-job experience with many of the finishes on the market and can help with finish selection from the contractor’s perspective.

Wood Floor Waterbased Sealers

Water-based sealers make a great first coat when finishing hardwood flooring. Sealers can significantly impact the look of the floor, and many flooring sealers offer unique finished looks. Water-based sealers are designed to dry quickly, create good adhesion with the top coat, and have excellent durability ratings.

Wood Floor Waterbased Finish

Water-based wood flooring finish is an ideal option for many floors. Water-based finish has its own unique set of characteristics. Water-based wood floor finish allows homeowners to use their new flooring quicker, with dry times being only a few hours. Waterbased finish cures much faster than oil-based finishes. Water-based finish allows for different pallet tones than other materials and can provide tones like neutral and white. Additionally, these waterbased finishes can pop the color out of the wood and give it a unique look. Waterbased wood flooring finish meets VOC laws for most sates and is a great option for nearly any hardwood flooring project.

Wood Floor Oil-Based Finish

Oil-based flooring finish is an excellent option for finishing your wood flooring. Wood flooring finish comes in many varieties, and oil-based products are a popular choice for many contractors. Oil-based flooring finish adds depth to the floor and can bring out the color. Typically these types of finish dry very clear and look great for years. While some other types of finish can look like a film or a sheet of plastic, the oil-based finish looks warm and adds depth to the floor. Unfortunately, oil-based wood flooring finish has become less popular recently because of VOC laws. Flooring finish off-gasses, and many oil-based products have higher VOC contents and a more potent smell than a water-based flooring finish. In addition, oil based finishes dry slower than water-based finishes. Oil based finish takes 7-14 days to dry and cures even slower. Many oil based finishes have a cure time of 30 days.

Masterline Polyurethane oil based finish

Duraseal Masterline Polyurethane

Wood Floor Swedish Finish

For years, Swedish wood flooring finish has been touted as the king of finishes. Swedish finish is a two-component flooring finish that you mix like an epoxy product. These finishes dry quickly; however, the curing process takes between 30 and 60 days. During the curing period, the finish continues to off-gas and can impact the air quality in a home. Swedish wood flooring finish has a crystal clear clarity, fantastic durability, and adds beautiful color to your flooring. Unfortunately, finishing products always have a downside, and the yellowing due to sunlight exposure is a big downside for Swedish products.

Wood Floor Penetrating Oil Finish

Penetrating oils or European style oils are a newer type of wood flooring finish being utilized in America. These products are far from new but they have just started to make their name in the US. These products have spread across the US and are becoming more common on flooring projects. These finishes do not have the film build you see in a traditional wood flooring finish. Penetrating oils penetrate the flooring fibers creating a layer of solid protection in the wood. Penetrating wood floor finish is surprisingly strong even without the film or build of a regular finish. Penetrating oil does need to be maintained every 2-3 years but can look great for decades with the right upkeep.

Hardwood Flooring Finish FAQ’s

What finish scratches the least?2022-10-25T02:24:44+00:00

Usually it seems like your finish scratches, most likely it is the flooring that “dents”. Finish is malleable and will move with the dent so it appears the finish dented, but it really is the flooring under the finish.

Will any finish repel water forever?2022-10-25T02:23:21+00:00

NO finish, material or flooring product will repel water forever. All finishes are meant to let the products breath to a certain extent. Oil repels water, but if the product moves at all (which it will) you will have a crack where water can penetrate. LVP and engineered wood have the same issues as both products can move due to enviormental changes. That includes waterproof flooring!

Is the durability of the different finishes really that different?2022-10-25T02:05:30+00:00

All the finishes are pretty comparable between the different categopries, waterbased, penetrating, swedish etc. The main difference is the color/look of the floor after.