water based varnish vs oil based varnish
The most notable difference between the two types is simply the appearance of the wood after the final coat. Water-based polyurethane goes on virtually clear and will not alter the appearance of the wood to which it is applied. Oil-based polyurethane, on the other hand, will impart an amber glow to any hardwood floor. Whether you want to preserve the natural color and look of your wood floor might be the main deciding factor when choosing between the two. Below, we break down the other differences between the two finishes:
*Dries quickly, within 2 hours of applications
*Low odor emissions
*Easy cleanup, using just water
*Preserves the color of the wood (clear finish)
*More expensive than oil-based
*Requires multiple coats
*Because of fast drying time, difficult to correct mistakes
*Slower drying time allows for corrections
*Requires fewer coats
*Imparts an amber glow, adding depth
*Leave really shiny
*Less expensive than water-based
*Long wait between coats (5-12 hours drying time)
*Stronger odor (though VOC amounts have been drastically reduced in recent years)
*Requires mineral spirits or a paint thinner for cleanup
*Will darken over time
How many times can an engineered floor be sanded and refinished?
An engineered floor with a 1mm wear layer cannot be sanded and refinished to remove deep scratches, it can only be recoated.
*Approximate lifespan 20-30 years
An engineered floor with a 2mm wear layer can be sanded and refinished approximately 1 to 2 times over the lifetime of the floor.
*Approximate lifespan 30-40 years
An engineered floor with a 3mm wear layer can be sanded and refinished approximately 2 to 3 times over the lifetime of the floor.
*Approximate lifespan 40-50 years
An engineered floor with a 4mm wear layer or thicker can be sanded and refinished approximately 3 to 5 times over the lifetime of the floor.
*Approximate lifespan 50-100 years or more
*Lifespan depends on the quality of maintenance and the number of times the floor is sanded and refinished. It has been stated that the average homeowner has their hardwood flooring sanded and refinished every 15-20 years. We have seen many homes with hardwood floors that are 30 years or older that have never been refinished and still look new. Hardwood flooring still has the greatest value for its longevity when compared to other types of floor covering.
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PRE-FINISHED AND UNFINISHED HARDWOOD FLOOR: DIFFERENCES
What is the difference between pre-finished wood and unfinished hardwood?
The difference between prefinished and unfinished hardwood flooring is simple.
Prefinished hardwood is already coated with polyurethane and ready to be installed. Unfinished hardwood panels are raw wood that need to be sanded and polished. Here are some advantages of both:
-Unfinished hardwood has several benefits, including smooth edges. Prefinished hardwood often has a slightly beveled edge that can create slight grooves in the floor. The other benefit is that it can be color-matched to existing hardwood within the home.
-A plank of prefinished hardwood floor plank is coated with five to six coats before it leaves the factory. As such, these planks do not need to be sanded or refinished as often. As an added benefit, when installing it, you don’t have to worry about sanding or finishing the floor. You can install the flooring and walk on it the moment you finish.
When it comes to installing hardwood flooring, the decision between prefinished and unfinished hardwood flooring is completely a matter of preference. One thing is for sure, a hardwood floor is preferable on the housing market and you can’t go wrong with a hardwood floor for your home.
What do you clean your wood floors with?
Avoid using water and vinegar, soap-based cleaners, wax or steam cleaners on your hardwood floors. Vinegar and water actually dull the floor’s finish over time, while soap and wax leave residue. Steam cleaners put heat and excessive water on your floor, which can lead to cupping and long-term damage.
Bona products come highly recommended in the industry! Taking good care of your floors is important, as they add value to your home.
With all the abuse we put on our hardwood floors, consider giving your floor a deep clean or a sand and refinish every 3-5 years. Sanding and refinishing your floor completely removes the old protective finish and replaces it. If your floor has some deep scratches or gouges, sanding and refinishing can repair this damage, leaving you with immaculately clean hardwood flooring.
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Open living spaces are definitely becoming the norm for connecting and sharing. With these growing lifestyle trends, some types of flooring are growing in popularity.
Textured hardwood flooring is definitely ideal for a more active household. It is a lot more forgiving than its smooth counterparts when it comes to the hazards of everyday life with family, friends, pets and home-sharing newcomers.
Gaining popularity in recent years, a low sheen hardwood floor is best at enhancing the natural look of wood while hiding marks, scuffs and scratches. Low sheen hardwood floors are usually excellent for high-traffic areas and homes with kids and pets and make a perfect combination with texture.
3.-Sophisticated Complex Colours
With the openness to the world comes a quest for richer, deeper and more complex, as well as personalized and unique colours. Traditional colours are fading away, leaving room to more complex multi-tonal and rich colours that brings an interesting deepness to your décor.
4.-Long and Large
What better way to create unity in open-concept homes than long and large floor planks? Larger and longer hardwood floorboards add visual interest to a room and perfectly bring together the open concept. They make any room in the house look larger, and because fewer boards are needed to cover a given area, there are fewer visible joints, yielding a spectacular, even look.
How to clean my new floor?
1.- SWEEP OR VACUUM to remove dust and abrasive dirt. the wheels of the vacuum cleaner should be in good condition, and its cleaning accessories must be free of all abrasive particles that could scratch the finish.
2.- LIGHTLY SPRAY the cleaner on a section of the floor or on the mop cover.
3.- SWIFTLY WIPE the floor surface with the mop, using a to-and-fro motion across the lenght of the floorboards. Finish cleaning one section before starting on a new area of the floor
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We recommend you, use these products:
*Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaner. (Recommend to clean your floor once a week).
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*Bona Low-Gloss or High-Gloss Hardwood Floor Polish. (Recommend to use every 1-2 months to keep floor fresh.
*Mirage Hardwood Floors eco-friendly choice.
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We hope these tips and recomendation, makes your wood floor looks as always new and impeccable. Remember we are always at your services and any questions do not hesitate to call us!