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Is Water Based Finish as Durable as Oil Based Poly?

For anyone considering a new hardwood floor, or considering a refinish of their existing hardwood floor, one of the questions that you will have to answer is “what type of finish do you want”? You will typically have a few options to choose from. The most popular selections come down to a water-based finish or an oil-based polyurethane. There are advantages and disadvantages to each. Most generally, one of the biggest concerns among customers is the difference in durability.

Water-Based Finish vs Oil-Based Finish

Most people can quickly recognize an oil-based finish because of its amber color. This amber color continues to get deeper over time. Water-based finishes go on clear and stay clear throughout the lifetime of the floor.

Another major difference between the two is the drying time involved after application. As my might guess, oil-based finishes take much longer to cure than their water-based counterparts. In and of itself, that does not mean a lot but when you consider a patient homeowner that needs to get their life back on track after the flooring project, water-based becomes a little more obvious choice.

The durability between the two are very similar depending on the number of layers applied. The water-based finish is a little thinner so it will require an extra coat. Other than that, the two finishes are very similar in durability.

Trust a Roswell Hardwood Floor Installer

When it comes time to install that beautiful new hardwood floor, trust a local contractor in your community. A Roswell hardwood floor company knows the ins and outs of all thing’s hardwood. This is especially important if you are considering an exotic type of wood or anything out of the ordinary. Not all wood is suitable for all regions. Trust your local hardwood experts!

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