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Refinishing

There are two finish methods available for wood floors today: job-site finished or factory finished. Each method has its own benefits and advantages, and choosing the right method for your home will depend on the level of customization you want to achieve.

A job site-site finish is on that is applied on the job site, in your home. With a job- site finished floor, you can choose the type of finish to be applied to your floor, which will impact maintenance, as well as the stain, if any , and sheen of the final product. In other words, a job-site finished wood floor offers you unlimited possibilities for customizing the final appearance of your floor. However, because your floors will be sanded and finished in your home, you should expect noise, dust, and some disruption to your home. In the past few years, many dust containment systems have been developed to help control dust and debris, so ask your contractor if one can be used in your home. You also will need to allow time for the finish to dry on-site, during which time you will not be able to walk on your floor.

With Factory wood floors, the finish is applied in the factory, long before the wood reaches your home. While many options are available with factory finished floors, you will not be able to achieve the same level of customization as you can wit job-site finished wood floors. A major benefit of factory finished floors, however, is that there is minimal dust and noise during the installation process.

Wood Flooring Finish Types
When choosing the right type of finish for your wood floors, it is important that you consider your lifestyle and maintenance preferences. All wood floors will require minimal routine maintenance, such as sweeping or dust mopping, to keep them looking beautiful and new, but different wood flooring finished will have a big

impact on how you care for your floor long-term, as well as how your floor will look in the years to come. Surface finishes are very popular because they are durable, water-resistant and require minimal maintenance. Surface finishes are blends of synthetic resins. These finishes most often are referred to as urethanes or polyurethane's, and remain on the surface of the wood to from a protective coating. There are several types of surface finishes available.

Water-based finishes appear clear and will resist turning yellow, or ambering, over time. They have a mild odor when applied, and are fast drying. Water-based finishes are very durable.

Oil-based finishes appear amber in color. They have a moderate odor when applied, and are fast drying. Water-based finishes are very durable.

Conversion varnish finishes appear clear to slightly amber. They have a very strong odor when applied, and will dry fast. Conversion varnish finishes are extremely durable.

Moisture-cured finishes appear clear to amber. They have a strong odor when applied, and will dry slow or fast depending on humidity. Moisture-cured finishes re extremely durable and are more moisture resistant than other surface finishes. To maintain a surface finish floor, simply use the manufacturer's recommended cleaning product, avoiding wax-based products and petroleum-based cleaners

Wax finishes soak into the pores of the wood and harden to form a protective penetrating seal, which will appear low luster and amber in color. You will need to follow the manufacturer's directions carefully to determine how long the cleaner should remain on the floor, nd will need to apply a new coat of wax to the floor after it is cleaned.

Acrylic impregnated finishes are injected into the wood to create a super-hard, extremely durable floor. Acrylic impregnated finished rarely are used in residential applications. They most often are used in very high traffic areas in commercial settings such as malls and restaurants.

Each of these types of finishes will help protect your flooring from normal wear and tear. Deciding which finish to use will depend greatly on your needs and expectations.

Wood Flooring Finish Sheens

Three different finish sheens are available for wood floors: gloss, satin, and matte. Each sheen has a different level of shine and luster, which will impact the final appearance of your floor.

Gloss finishes offer the most shine, and will reflect the most light. This finish also is sometimes referred to as semi-gloss.

Satin finishes offer some shine, and will reflect some light.

Matte Finishes offer the least shine, and will reflect the least light. This finish also is sometimes referred to as flat.


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