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When opening a retail store, you may have to make a decision about the flooring being installed. If you are fortunate enough to get to plan the design of the interior of the building, you have quite a few great options to consider. Our blog is all about commercial flooring for retail spaces. You will learn about the different types of flooring available that will help to reduce the amount of noise that is carried through the building, how to find easy to care for flooring and what you can do to make your decision a little easier on your mind and your budget.


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Finishing Hardwood Floors: Considering Your Options

by Vanessa Douglas

If your hardwood floors need refinishing, it's important that you consider your options before making any decisions. There are several methods for finishing hardwood floors, and the right one will vary depending on the look that you want, the type of wood that you have, and the traffic in the space. Here are some of the options that you can consider to refinish your hardwood floors. 

Polyurethane Coating

Hardwood floors often have a polyurethane finish, whether you opt for a water-based product or an oil-based variety. Water-based solutions are the most popular because they are cost-effective, quick to apply, and dry to a shiny, clear finish without any yellowing. Unfortunately, the clear, vibrant, shiny nature also magnifies any scratches or surface flaws in the hardwood floors.

Oil-based polyurethane coatings are more durable than water-based solutions and they resist moisture damage. These finishes are easy to maintain, but they are known to take on a yellow tint over time. Not only that, but they take much longer to dry and cure because of the oil base. You must have adequate ventilation when applying an oil-based product because the fumes can be hazardous.


If you're looking for an easier solution, you can consider wax for your hardwood floors. In many cases, homeowners choose wax after applying a stain to the wood. When you want to enhance the natural color of walnut or maple wood but don't want to apply a polyurethane product, consider a stain and then finish the floors with wax. 

You won't get the same shine with a wax finish, but it is faster, cheaper, and dries in a fraction of the time. Not only that but when you choose wax, it actually penetrates the wood. This can help protect your wood floors from damage caused by exceedingly dry air in your home. 

Penetrating Oil

When you want a natural finish on your wood floors, penetrating oil is the way to go. These oils actually soak into the wood, bringing out the natural beauty of the wood fibers. You can choose from many oil products, though tung oil is one of the most common. You will need to allow a day or two for the oil to soak in and the surface to dry.

These are a few of the most common finishing methods for wood floors. Consider your ultimate goals as you decide which one is the right choice for you. Contact a local hardwood flooring service to learn more.