Wood Floor Finishes On The Market
With the vast variety of flooring finishes nowadays, it is vital for contractors to weigh up the different options and decide on the best for each application at the earliest stages of planning.
For hardwood floorings, there are three coatings available: lacquer, UV oil or natural oil. Alternatively, the solid boards can be supplied unfinished to be finished in situ, while the textured or ‘craft look’ can be added to the boards with a brushed or a hand-scraped finish.
Lacquered finishes are a perfect solution, as they will provide a protective, hardwearing layer that can be applied in production. This is making fitting a quick and simple task. On the other hand, lacquered finished floors cannot be spot cleaned, meaning that the volume of footfall should always be considered, as every scratch or mark will show and the floor must be sanded again and re-lacquered.
The natural oil finish is definitely more time intensive, with two separate coats being applied as part of the process, which is more durable and longstanding. This finish, however, must be regularly maintained and re-oiled to keep the original stunning look.
The UV oil finish is always applied in the production process and is quick and easy to install. The oil sits in a thin flexible layer on the very surface of the wood, quite similar to a lacquer, meaning it is more difficult to scratch or flake, and with the low gloss level the scratches are harder to be noticed.
For customers who want a more natural finish, the brushed and hand-scraped finishes can also be useful to bring out the natural look of the wood. This finish is a perfect solution for more traditional projects, that are aiming at the look of an aged floor, without the years of wear-and-tear.
Have questions? Do not hesitate to contact our London flooring specialists. They will help you select the perfect finish and achieve the desired look and feel of flooring.