Whether you're considering a new installation or checking out hardwood floor refinishing colors, there are many different finishes to consider. While some drastically change the appearance of your planks, others determine the complexity of your surfacing material maintenance. At Delair's Carpet Barn, our East Montpelier, Vermont showroom experts are on hand to answer any questions pertaining to how homeowners can prepare for a wood floor refinishing service. From ultra modern to classically traditional, check out our 3 top picks!


#1: Polyurethane
Polyurethane comes in two varieties: Oil or water-based. Oil-based is less expensive, but it does take longer to dry than its water-based counterpart. As well, water-based polyurethane is easier to apply. Oil-based poly is widely known for its durability, however, it's equally known to have a high VOC and strong smell. On the other hand, water-based poly has low VOC, and much less of a smell issue. While oil-based poly displays an amber tint once dry, the water-based poly dries clear and has a reputation for being much eco-friendlier than its oil counterpart. If you're leaning towards a long-lasting, durable, high-gloss finish, then either water or oil-based polyurethane is likely your best option. 


#2: Wax
Most floor refinishing service teams will tell you that wax is undoubtedly the "grandfather" of all finishes since it's essentially the longest one in use. Although it's not as durable as present-day polyurethane blends, it does produce an organic, muted feel, instead of those more modern high-gloss alternatives. Perhaps, the most popular feature of wax is how it can be applied and often reapplied, typically to cover small areas that were faded or damaged. As such, it's a very low-maintenance option, though it may require frequent applications. 


#3: Penetrating Oil Sealer
Similar to wax, oil sealers are another traditional kind of finish. While an oil sealer is easy to apply to any surfacing material and cabinetry, you'll find it isn't as durable as a polyurethane blend. On the plus side, it has a mellow sheen, more so than poly finishes. So, if you like the wax look but not the whole labor-intensive way of applying it, this is a good choice. Also, you may appreciate the end tone that an oil sealer gives as it tends to deepen color, resulting in a beautiful, rich finish.