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:

Water-Based Polyurethane

*Dries quickly, within 2 hours of applications
*Low odor emissions
*Easy cleanup, using just water
*Preserves the color of the wood (clear finish)
*Long durability

*More expensive than oil-based
*Requires multiple coats
*Because of fast drying time, difficult to correct mistakes
*One-dimensional look

Oil-Based Polyurethane

*Slower drying time allows for corrections
*Requires fewer coats
*Imparts an amber glow, adding depth
*Leave really shiny 
*Less expensive than water-based
*Long durability

*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


Rosewood hardwood has very unique grain patterns and has a range of colors -- from yellow to purple. This is a relatively newer type of hardwood on the market -- but it has been used for lifetimes in furniture making.


One of the most popular looks in hardwood floors is oak. It's timeless and and is highly resistant to wear. It comes in a variety of colors so oak truly looks great in any home. And, because of its durability, it's a great option for homeowners who aren't big on area rugs.

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Ash is a great option if you're looking for a very hard wood that is usually less expensive than other hardwoods. There are about 45-65 different types of ash trees so it's important to do your research on your ash flooring options before you have it installed into your home.


While it's not exactly hardwood, most people consider it as such. Bamboo is actually a form a grass and comes in a variety of colors. But, one thing to keep in mind is where you live -- bamboo is not suitable for humid or damp areas. It tends to scratch easily, but can be sanded and refinished.


Hickory floors are durable and rustic which is a great combination if you're looking for flooring with a distressed look that can withstand a lot of foot traffic. Many people believe hickory floors go well with every type of decor.



While slightly less strong than it's relative Brazilian cherry, cherry floors still create an elegance to any room in which it's installed. When installed, it has a pink hue that deepens in color over time. Cherry floors tend to scratch more easily than other hardwoods, but with upkeep and refinishing, it can be a long-lasting option.

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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.


Contrary to what many believe, pine is not actually a hardwood. Pine is a character wood, or softwood. That doesn't mean it's "soft" but that it's more susceptible to dings and dents. Many people believe pine looks better as it ages -- it creates a look that is reminiscent of the South due to its rustic nature.


Less common than other wood flooring options, lyptus warms rooms and is great for small or large spaces. Designers like to use lyptus because of the exotic look. And these floors are also durable and have a great value.

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.
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*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!
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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.


Birch hardwood flooring is a great decorating choice for any home. It has the same benefits as other hardwoods while also offering an attractively unique appearance. Birch floors are beautiful, durable, and surprisingly affordable. You can purchase unfinished, solid birch forms or prefinished, engineered birch planks. This species is not as easy to find as maple or oak,


Often picked for its elegance and beauty, mahogany is classic and often improves with age. It's slightly more expensive than other hardwoods but because of its many pros, the value is worth it.


There are different species of walnut hardwood floors. The floors generally have a dark, exotic look, which is versatile and looks great in most homes. It is extremely hard -- it's one of the strongest hardwoods on the market -- great for high-traffic areas with kids and/or pets.


Maple flooring is one of the most popular hardwood flooring choices. Maple has a very subtle grain pattern that works well in both large and small spaces. It's also extremely durable which is great for high-traffic areas. Maple is less porous than other types of wood, which means that if you're looking for a very specific stain, this might not be the type of wood for you as it's harder for it to absorb stains.


These floors have a very distinct look and are quite elegant. With the reddish brown tone it can add a richness to any room. This is another very durable floorthat works well in high-traffic areas.

Overall, there isn't a bad option when it comes to hardwood flooring in your home. Take into consideration your lifestyle, but hardwood flooring is proven to add value to any home and improve a home's resale value. We have expert teams of installers who can install your floors. 

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.

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.

2.-Low Sheen
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.