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Hardwood floor finishes are essential for protecting and prolonging the life of your floor. Whether we’re talking about oil-based finishes or oil-based sealers, water-based sealers, stains, or cleaners, they’re all meant to increase the floor’s resistance to scratching, staining, and any other types of damage.
Water-based polyurethane is known for providing a clear finish. It slightly intensifies the character of the wood without giving it the amber tint of an oil-based product. The light species of wood – maple hardwood floors, for example – look best with a water-based poly.
It also fits hardwoods that have a yellowish tone to them naturally, such as Ash, Pine, or Fir. There are other advantages, as well; water-based polyurethane dries in less than 2 hours, it has a low odor, and can be easily cleaned up with water.
The brands you will find at First Atlanta Flooring include Bona, Pallmann, DuraSeal, Basic Coatings, and Absco, and you can choose from a wide variety of finishes: satin, semi-gloss, gloss, matte, extra matte, ultra matte, satin-matte, or flat. Browse through our online shop and discover the products that suit your project best. Reach out to our team for further inquiries!
What type of polyurethane dries faster? Oil-based or water-based?
When it comes to the differences between water-based and oil-based products, you need to know that water-based polyurethane dries much faster – in less than 2 hours – and can be walked on with socks in about 4-6 hours after the last coat has been applied. This makes it possible for users to apply up to 4 coats in one day, so if you wake up early enough, you might even be able to sleep in the same room you’ve been refinishing that day. Oil-based products need at least 24 hours before applying a new coat.