Types of Finishes
Oil-modified Urethane is generally the most common surface finish. It has a petroleum base with a blend of synthetic resins, plasticizers and other film forming ingredients that produces a durable surface that is moisture-resistant. It is solvent-base polyurethane that dries in about eight hours. This type of finish ambers with age. Oil modified urethane is available in satin, semi gloss and gloss sheens.
Water-based Urethane is a water-borne urethane with a blend of synthetic resins, plasticizers and other film forming ingredients that produces a durable surface that is moisture-resistant. These finishes are clear, non-yellowing, and are available in satin, semi gloss, and gloss sheens. They have a milder odor than oil-modified finishes and dry in about two to three hours. Water based urethane is available in both residential and commercial grades.
Penetrating Sealer/Stainis a finish that soaks into the pores of the wood and hardens to form a protective penetrating seal. It is then waxed to give a low gloss, satin sheen. It is maintained with paste wax, specifically made for wood flooring. This finish requires maintenance of additional wax applications as necessary.
Tung Oil urethane combines tung oil, resin, mineral spirits, and other ingredients to produce a complete wood finish that gives you the look and feel of a naturally-oiled wood, that stands up to foot traffic, and protects against household spills .Tung oil gives a low gloss, satin sheen. This finish requires maintenance of additional coats of tung oil as needed.
Moisture cure urethane and conversion varnishes (Swedish finish) are not used by Accent Hardwood Flooring, Inc. We do not use these finishes due to their high VOC content, the presence of formaldehyde, their high flammability, and the extremely noxious fumes that they leave behind. These finishes are unhealthy for our employees, and for our environment.