When choosing a finish for your floor you actually have several options. Although most new flooring sold today is pre-finished, if you are purchasing an unfinished floor, re-finishing a floor, or just want to know a little more about the finish of your new floor, here’s some information:
With urethanes being the most popular, oil-modified urethane is generally the most common surface finish and is easy to apply. It is a solvent-based polyurethane that dries in about eight hours. The finish both ambers with age and is available in a variety of different sheen levels.
Moisture-cured urethane is a solvent-based polyurethane that is more durable and more moisture resistant than other surface finishes. It is non-yellowing and comes in both satin or gloss. However, this finish is difficult to apply and carries a strong odor. It is generally used by professionals only.
Water-based finishes produce a durable surface that is also moisture-resistant. These finishes are clear and non-yellowing and are available in different sheen levels. They have a milder odor and they dry in about two to three hours. Water-based urethanes, while slightly more expensive, continue to gain in popularity because they are easy to use and easy to clean up after. They’re also more environmentally friendly.
So when finishing your new or old floor, do a little research on the best options for your home. Investigate what is in your home currently and the area and wear you anticipate. If you need more solid advice, as always ask the pros at Harman.