Water-based urethane finishes are becoming more popular for hardwood floors. If you’ve never used one before, you’re sure to appreciate the low amount of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and your clients will love the more natural look. During application, you can also expect water-based urethanes to dry faster, level easier and foam less, and they clean up with water instead of solvents.
With a drying time between coats of about two hours, you can apply four coats of water-based urethane in a day, and a full cure typically takes 24 hours. Faster drying does mean you need to work quickly—especially in warm, dry weather—so you will need some experience with finishing floors before you attempt to use them.