Many considerations come into choosing the proper finish for a hardwood floor. Does the homeowner want a quick-drying product that also protects the surface of the wood? An oil-modified urethane that creates a warm, amber hue? Or a penetrating oil that soaks deep into the fibers for a natural look? We spoke with manufacturers in the segment about the pros of cons of each type of finish, what to expect when working with these products and what new technologies are available.
Heather Lindemann, Bona US public relations, said that waterborne finishes offer several benefits over traditional, oil-modified urethanes (OMUs). “The main advantages for choosing waterborne finishes are the low odor, non-flammable qualities as well as the ability to apply multiple coats in a day, faster drying (two to four hours) and curing (seven to 14 days; Bona finish cures in three days), low VOCs, no need to abrade between coats and non-yellowing.”