Water Based Wood Floor Finish
The water based wood floor finish, another popular floor refinishing product in Chicago, is perceived as stronger than polyurethane, softer than the Swedish finish and cleaner than both.
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Let's analyze this hardwood floor finish, from the same criteria we did the others and see where it stands…
One of the strongest points of the water based wood floor finish it's found in its look.
The water based floor finish has a clear look that enhances the natural look of the hardwood floor, bringing out the entire beauty of the wood.
If you are looking to refinish your floor and want to keep the natural look of the hardwood, without staining it, water based floor finishes along with the Swedish floor finish are your best bets.
Staining the Wood Floor
The water based floor finish and most stains don’t go together very well.
While waterbased finishes can be applied on top of oil based stains, it requires a completely different approach that polyurethane floor finishes, in order for it to work properly and not peel off. Allowing the stain to dry for at least 24 hrs, prior to applying the floor finish is one of them.
However, if you are a DIY-er, I would strongly suggest that you don't apply waterbased floor finish on top of a stain, since your chances of success will be drastically reduced.
So, if staining the floor prior to finishing is something that you have in mind, I suggest you go for either polyurethane floor finish or monocoat.
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Polyurethane is probably the most used type of floor finish when it comes to wood flooring stains, while monocoat has its own line of flooring stains therefore you won’t have any incompatibility issues there.
The Swedish floor finish would be another option for floor stains, but this finish is a little tricky when applied on top of a hardwood flooring stain.
Odor and Toxicity
Just like I said in the beginning, the water based wood floor finish is a much cleaner finish than both polyurethane and Swedish finish, making it a top choice for many Chicago homeowners.
But, if you are looking for a really green product that is completely free of VOC and other harmful chemicals, monocoat is the option to go for.
Odor, while there, is really not an issue with most of the homeowners choosing water based wood finish.
Synteko, one of the most used floor finishing products it is believed to be so toxic that in some states, like Massachusets, its application is illegal.
Time Away From Home
There are people that prefer to leave the house during a floor refinishing project, while others would stay in and deal with the inconveniences. In some cases staying is not even an option…
Regardless of how you prefer to do this, the duration of the project is an important aspect to have in mind.
You want to deal with this problem for as short of a period as possible.
Fortunately, in the case of water based finishes timeliness is not an issue.
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Being a dry fast finish, the water based wood floor finish will dry within 60 minutes after the application, allowing for the floor to be rebuffed, vacuum and recoated.
If getting it over with is your priority the water based finish is definitely a good option.
One piece of advice though: do not ever apply three coats of finish in the same day. Doing so it will, very likely, have consequences later on…
Is Waterbase a Pricey Option?
Pricewise, the water based wood floor finish is a bid of a paradox.
Even though it is so highly regarded, there are many water based finishes available for a fairly low price.
The reason for that…?
Well, the reason for that is pretty simple. As soon as a product establishes itself on the market, the imitators will pop in hoards.
And of course, since their product is not nearly as good as the original, the only way they can differentiate themselves is through lower prices.
Unfortunately, the water based floor finish makes no exception to this rule.
My piece of advice here: if you decide to go for water based wood floor finish, spend the extra money and but a good material. Or, if you are on a limited budget, stick with polyurethane. It is, most likely, better than the “affordable” water based product.
If you are going to refinish the hardwood floor yourself, stay away from the water based finish. I cannot stress this enough. Water based finishes are for professional application.
As a matter of fact I know many Chicago flooring contractors that will go out of their way trying to sell you on any other product besides water based floor finish, simply because they are not comfortable applying it themselves.
So, if you are going to sand the hardwood floors yourself, use polyurethane instead. It is more suitable for DIY-ers that water based finishes.
On the other hand, if water based is what you need, hire an experienced Chicago hardwood flooring contractor.
Resistance to Wear and Tear
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The water based wood floor finish it’s strong and durable.
So, if you are looking for a finish that will offer you strength comparable to the strength of the Swedish finish and is less toxic than this finish, water based is a good choice.
Just remember, don’t go for the products found in the big home improvement chains.
You will be disappointed!
Touch ups are one of the biggest issue when it comes to the water based wood floor finish and you should be aware of this aspect.
If your floor will be damaged after the completion of the project, touching up a water based floor finish is not much of an option.
If you feel that you won’t be able to protect your floor too much, if wood floor maintenance is not on your priorities list, a product like monocot is probably a better option since it is the easiest floor finish to touch up.
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