There Are 8 Standard Hardwood Finishes: A Discussion on Water-Based Polyurethane

In today’s world, homeowners are increasingly seeking additional protection for their homes, particularly if they have recently installed hardwood flooring. While it may require some extra investment, they understand that it’s a worthwhile endeavor for the long-term benefit of their family.

Allow me to introduce you to one of the most environmentally friendly coating options, one that you can even apply yourself: Water-Based Polyurethane. This coating option boasts several advantages—it dries quickly, emits less odor, and though its texture may appear slightly milky at first, once evenly applied, it delivers a clear gloss finish. Furthermore, it effectively resists moisture and prevents yellowing of the floor over time.

For those considering a DIY approach, it’s important to note that you should allow at least four to five hours between coats. After applying the final coat, allow a full 48 hours for it to completely dry and set on your floor before moving furniture back in. Then, you can sit back, relax, and admire the sleek, shiny finish of your water-based polyurethane.

Still not convinced about water-based polyurethane? Let’s briefly mention some alternative coating options: Oil-Based Polyurethane, Moisture-Cure Urethane, Wax, Shellac, Penetrating Oil Sealer, Acid-Cured Finish, and Aluminum Oxide.

By understanding the characteristics of each coating option, homeowners can make an informed decision based on their preferences, budget, and the specific needs of their hardwood floors.

In conclusion, whether you opt for water-based polyurethane or explore other coating options, the key is to prioritize the protection and longevity of your hardwood floors while ensuring a beautiful finish that enhances the overall aesthetic of your home.

Elegant Floors is a 25-year family-run businesses that’s proud to take great care of the hardwood flooring needs’ of homeowners and businesses alike throughout the entire South Bay area such as Sunnyvale, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Palo Alto, Cupertino, Saratoga, Los Gatos and San Jose.                                                                                                                                                                 For Questions & Quotes Ask for Teri or Scott : (408) 773-8624



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There Are 8 Standard Hardwood Finishes: A Discussion on Water-Based Polyurethane