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Finishes are a crucial element for your timber flooring for two main reasons. First, they are supposed to be functional enough to conserve the wood flooring by protecting it from external compounds. Secondly, your choice of finish is supposed to either enhance the natural appeal of the floors or embellish them to bolster their appearance. Before the finishing is underway, the flooring specialist will start by smoothing the floor surface through planning, scraping, or sanding. Once this is done, any flaws such as cracks and gaps are filled to create an even surface. But before you can choose a finish to apply, you need to know what options will work best with your type of timber flooring. Here are some finishes you can choose to preserve and beautify your timber flooring.
Stains comprise a colorant that has been dissolved in a solvent. The solvent is usually in the form of petroleum distillate, water, or alcohol. However, stains can also be mixed with other finishes such as varnish, shellac, and lacquer. It should be noted that your timber flooring would not absorb stains that are dissolved in non-penetrative finishes, so the coloration on the wood will not be permanent.
Stains are a popular finish for timber flooring that has a distinct grain pattern. Thus, instead of camouflaging the wood, the stain accentuates the grain and makes your flooring stand out. With that in mind, stains may not be a suitable finish for timber surfaces that are unattractive.
These types of finishes are in essence a liquefied plastic substance that has been suspended in a solvent-based carrier such as oil or water. Although most people associate varnishes with shiny finishes, you can also get this coating in either a stain or a gloss. Water-based polyurethane varnishes are not as pungent as their oil counterparts are which makes them a preferred choice for households that do not want a lingering smell in their home.
Furthermore, the water-based varieties are clear on the surface of the wood. This transparency makes them great for unique grain patterns. The main notable drawback of the water-based varnishes is that they are not resistant to either heat or chemical exposure. Oil-based polyurethane varnishes, on the other hand, are long-lasting. But they do take much longer to dry than water-based varnishes. Moreover, it is never advisable to apply oil-based varnishes on your own. The application of oil-based varnishes requires the use of specialized breathing equipment because of the high toxicity levels.
For more information, contact a wood floor refinishing company.Share