If you are lucky enough to be able to have a natural wood floor you need to spend a little time choosing the finish you have applied to it. Here we explain, briefly, why the finish is so important and give you some tips to help you to make the right choice.
Why the Finish Matters
There are two main reasons to take your time and choose the right finish. The first reason is that the finish is what provides protection for your wooden floor. If you choose the right finish, your floor will look good for decades.
The other reason is aesthetics. How your floor looks will be greatly affected by the finish you choose. That is why professional firms like Victorian Woodworks offer such a wide range of finishes to their customers.
Traffic Type and Volume
Where your wooden floor is located is a big consideration. If your floor is in a high traffic area, you may need to protect it with a commercial finish. Good quality water borne polyurethane finish works best for this kind of situation. On the other hand, if your floor is in a low traffic area you can go with a more natural wax finish or a simple stain.
Environmental conditions also play a big role in the type of floor finish you choose. If your floor is in a kitchen or hallway where water can get onto it you will need a waterproof finish. Heat and cold are other environmental factors that need to be borne in mind.
Ease of Maintenance
It is also important to consider how easy the finish is going to be to maintain. If you choose a stain, you may have to have it re-done after a few years, if you are not going to be able to afford this that finish will not work for you.