Type of floor finishes
It is one of the oldest methods of protection for wood flooring widely used in Europe for hundreds of years. By combining different natural oils from linseed or flax seed and other additives the wood is moisturized and the wax provides stain-resistant capabilities. Since it is an all natural formula, will not pollute the environment, does not contain any toxic solvents and it is free from VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) emissions. Hard-wax oil is the optimal choice for a clean environment because is compose from vegetable oil and natural wax. Wood floors treated with hard-wax oil will retain its original grain and porosity allowing it to breathe, penetrating deep into the wood grain enhancing its beauty. This finish will not blister or peel, will not crack or flake and it will become one with the wood grain. Scratches and dents are easy to repair simply by re-sanding the damaged spot and re-oiling.
It is a form of polyurethane finish only available with prefinished flooring. It offers a very clear layer with higher gloss where the beauty of the wood is enhanced. It’s very durable thanks to the addition of aluminum oxide crystals increasing durability by 20 to 30 years; this small particles are added to the polyurethane finish to increase the abrasion resistance of the wear layer. It has become very popular on most hardwood floors in use since 1970. By contrast is not easy to repair and if the thickness of the wear layer allows it, the floor would have to be re-sanded in its entirety.
UV Cured Lacquer
UV (ultraviolet) lacquer finish is applied to the wood and cured with ultraviolet light instead of heat, creating a protective layer able to resists abrasion, water and wearing from daily traffic; with the important benefit of providing UV protection against sunlight. If the room has a predominance of natural light and is partially covered by furniture or rug, UV cured finish will insure that all the unexposed areas will not darken unevenly with the rest of the floor. UV lacquered finish flooring is ready to go and requires no maintenance. UV cured lacquered finish flooring is a smart choice when the floor is medium to dark tone and specially for exotic species like Brazilian cherry.
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