Water and Oil Based Finishes

Regardless of the type of wood you choose, hardwood floors are a big investment. That’s why it is essential to take the necessary steps to keep them looking their best for years to come. At Good Ol’ Boy Hardwood Floors, we provide hardwood floor refinishing to Kansas City residents that helps restore and protect the beauty of their floors. Our team can use either a water or oil-based finish depending on our client's needs. Read more about the differences between these two finishes, then contact us to take advantage of our finishing services!

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Benefits of Finishing a Hardwood Floor

Hardwood floors add a touch of beauty and elegance to any room, however, over time everyday wear and tear can begin to take its toll on the wood, leaving it looking dull and full of blemishes. This is why it is important to have a finish applied to your hardwood floors. This can help provide protection from scratches, wear, dirt, and water damage, as well as enhance the appearance of the floor and add a layer of protection against stains. Sealing the wood also helps to minimize expansion and contraction due to changes in temperature and humidity, making your floors last longer and look better.

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Water-Based Finish

A water-based finish for hardwood floors offers a number of benefits over traditional oil-based finishes. Water-based finishes dry faster, meaning they can often be finished and walked on the same day, while oil-based finishes will require the area to be blocked off for several days while it dries. Water-based finishes also dry clear, allowing you to enjoy the natural color of your hardwood floors versus the slight amber tint that comes with oil-based finishes. A water-based finish also has less of an odor and fewer volatile organic compounds, making it safer for the environment.

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Oil-Based Finish

Oil-based finishes for hardwood floors offer a number of benefits, including a warm and rich appearance that can enhance the natural beauty of the wood. By taking longer to dry and cure than water-based finishes, oil-based finishes can be sanded more evenly, resulting in a smoother and more even finish. While it may take several days for this finish to dry, it only requires a single coat while water-based finishes require several. Overall, oil-based finishes offer a more traditional look, and they are best for wooden floors exposed to high traffic, moisture, and UV light.

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Which Finish is Right for You?

When it comes to choosing the right finish for your hardwood floors, whether it be water-based or oil-based, it is important to consider the look and feel you are trying to achieve, as well as the amount of protection needed. Oil-based finishes are better for high-traffic areas, while water-based finishes are better for areas that are not exposed to direct sunlight or moisture. At Good Ol’ Boy Hardwood Floors, our team can help you decide which finish is best for your floor, and provide the necessary refinishing services to make your hardwood floors look their best.

Hardwood floors require special care in order to stay looking their best and last for years to come. Applying a finish to your hardwood floors can help provide protection from scratches, wear, dirt, and water damage, as well as enhance the appearance of the floor and add a layer of protection against stains. At Good Ol’ Boy Hardwood Floors, we can help you choose the right finish for your floors, whether it be water or oil-based. Contact us today to learn more about our hardwood floor refinishing services!

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