Find in-depth information here about all aspects of wood flooring, from environmental benefits to the positive impact wood floors can have on your home.
Wood Flooring Finishes Are Environmentally Safe
You've spent weeks working with a wood flooring professional to select the right wood for your home, but did you know that selecting the finish for your floor is as important as the flooring you choose?
Chesterfield, MO - July 19, 2012
Selecting the finish for your floor is just as important as selecting the wood itself.
Different wood flooring finishes will have a big impact on how you care for your floor, as well as how your floor will look in the years to come. And technological advances in recent years mean that wood flooring finishes are low in volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, so they are more environmentally friendly than ever before.
Surface finishes are very popular because they are durable, water-resistant, and require minimal maintenance. Surface finishes are blends of synthetic resins. These finishes most often are referred to as urethanes or polyurethanes, and remain on the surface of the wood to form a protective coating. There are several types of surface finishes available: water-based, oil-based, acid-cured, and moisture-cured.
Wax finishes soak into the pores of the wood and harden to form a protective penetrating seal. The wax gives a low-gloss satin sheen. It generally is maintained with additional thin applications of wax. Only solvent-based waxes, buffing pastes or cleaning liquids made specifically for wax-finished wood floors should be used.
Acrylic impregnated finishes are injected into the wood to create a super-hard, extremely durable floor. Acrylic impregnated finishes rarely are used in residential applications. They most often are used in very high traffic areas in commercial settings such as malls and restaurants.
Each of these types of finishes will help protect your flooring from normal wear and tear, and you can be assured that all are environmentally safe.
Learn more about the types of finishes available here.
The National Wood Flooring Association is a not-for-profit trade organization dedicated to training wood flooring professionals throughout the world. Contact us at 800-422-4556 (USA & Canada), 636-519-9663 (local and international), or on-line at www.woodfloors.org.