Benefits of Wood Floors

  • No other flooring offers the warmth, beauty, and value of hardwood. Wood flooring enhances the décor of any room, and provides timeless beauty that will increase in value throughout the years. Engineered multi-ply Hardwoord flooring is the next evolutionary step in this tradition offering better stability and climate-neutrality than conventional solid hardwood. In fact, in a national survey of estate agents, 90 percent said that houses with wood flooring sell faster and for higher prices than houses without wood floors. That's money in your pocket!

Natural-Oiled Floors vs. Polyurethanes

  • Natural oils have been used to finish wood for hundreds of years. Our natural oils are made up of linseed oil, thistle oil, sunflower oil, carnauba wax and soybean oil. Polyurethane is the new kid on the block, developed about 50 years ago and its primary design purpose is to make furniture shiny. Polyurethane is a plastic made from petroleum, a flammable liquid often used in chemical energy sources such as gasoline and diesel, and which gives polyurethane its distinct "chemical" scent.

Bond and Strengthen vs. Surface Coatings

  • The natural oil used to finish Wooden oiled floors is not a surface coating, but is designed to become part of the wood by penetrating, bonding and hardening with the first layer of wood.
  • When wood is finished with natural oil, it will dent, it will scratch, and it may be repaired. To bring your Wooden Oiled floor back to a fresh state: first, lightly sand the desired area of the floor, then apply a coat of natural Refresher maintenance oil. It is not necessary to treat the entire floor, only the effected area. Typically, only spot sanding on extreme wear marks and scratches would be necessary, and a total wall-to-wall sanding is normally avoided.
  • It's a much more laborious and disruptive process with cured surface coatings such as polyurethane. Polyurethane is a plastic coating that sits on top of your wood, and acts as surface coating. The purpose of a surface coating is to separate wear and tear from the wood, which polyurethane can achieve, however, a polyurethane floor will never look better then the day of the final finish application. Immediately polyurethane finishes begin picking up small and large scratches - abrasions that defuse the light and pick up dirt - and quickly become visible from all angles. The end of the life of a polyurethane floor is not because it is worn out - it just becomes ugly. This process is accelerated when the floor is damaged by scratches that penetrate the surface coating and expose wood, which happens when dents penetrate the soft wood (NOTE: all wood is soft enough to dent and scratch). Unfortunately, all too often polyurethane floors must be maintained by sanding again and again.
  • Recoating a polyurethane floor is the recommended maintenance option. When should this be done? It has to be a joint effort, as soon as you have a scar that penetrates the surface coating, or when the floor looks dirty after you wash the floor. This "dirty" look means there is an abundance of surface scratches holding dirt. Scuffing and recoating will remove most of the dirt and provide a smooth cleanable surface.

Living With vs. Living On

  • The vast majority of my polyurethane customers live on their floors. They take off their shoes at the door, they have floor protectors under all furniture, and care to have nothing foul left on the surface. A normal expectation of a polyurethane floor is that it is maintenance free. Homeowners with natural oil finished floors live with their floors. They seem to recognize that wood expands and contracts with the seasons. Some believe this movement is a sign the wood still thinks of itself as being a tree. Feeding wood natural oils supports the notion that you are living with your wood and in turn, the wood responds to appropriate care that's given.

Reparability vs. Durability

Wood is very durable on its own. Natural oils enhance the durable nature of wood, and allow the floor to be easily repaired if damaged. While polyurethanes provide a durable barrier, this barrier also consumes a layer of wood each and every time it is applied. At best there are three to four sandings in a floor's life before the floor must be replaced. Over time, reparability is more important than durability.

Ease of Maintenance

  • Maintenance of today's wood floors is easy! New technology in stains and finishes call for regular cleaning that takes little more than sweeping and/or vacuuming, with occasional use of a professional wood floor cleaning product. You will want to use a cleaning product recommended by your flooring manufacturer, installer, or other wood flooring professional. This will ensure that you use the proper cleaner for your type of flooring and finish.