For an unfinished timber such as engineered oak, or a solid timber floor, you will have decided on a colour and coating prior to signing off your job. These are descriptions of what coating you can choose from and how it is applied.
A natural and environmentally safe choice, Oils are an alternative to Polyurethane. A matt, velvety surface is achieved when using Oil products.
Oils are used in private homes and large commercial projects and everything in between. Oil’s are a rapid drying option, and therefore largely suited to the catering industry, hotels, business premises and offices. Oils contain no solvents and are based on natural ingredients. So it is equally safe to use and safe for the environment. Isolated scratches or damaged areas are much easier to repair with oils than other coatings. There is more colours available in oils than you can imagine - from natural to blue!
Oils will be trowelled on to the floor, and then buffed into the the fibres of the timber - which pushes the oils into the timber. Oils are an amazing natural way of coating and protecting your timber floorboards by absorption and has become very popular in recent years.
Oiled timber flooring will require slightly more maintenance than a polyurethaned floor and we will provide you with all the necessary instructions to ensure it’s long life. Make sure these are passed on to your cleaners.
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Environmentally friendly water-based Polyurethane 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 and non-yellowing and are different sheen levels. They have a milder odor than oil-modified finishes have and they dry in about two to three hours. Water-based Polyurethanes are generally more expensive. Varying brands with three sheen levels to choose from.
If you prefer a colour finish, your floor will be stained by trowelling your colour on to the floor with a water based stain, buffing the colour into the floorboards and coating 3 coats of polyurethane over it.
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Moisture-cured Polyurethane is a solvent-base Polyurethane that is more durable and more moisture resistant than other surface finishes. Moisture-cured Polyurethane comes in non-yellowing and in ambering types. Curing of this type of finish is by absorbing minute quantities of moisture vapor from the air, which causes them to dry and harden.
Your solvent based polyurethane floor will be applied the same way as waterbourne colour and coatings. However this type of coating has become far less popular as more environmentally friendly products have been brought to market.
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