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The Four Types of Flooring Finishes

There are different types of floor finishes that help to maintain not only the natural look but also the aesthetics of the flooring.

It is advisable to reach out to professionals for finding the perfect timber floor finish. The polyurethane finishes can act as a protective layer over the floors thereby maintaining the natural sheen.

Whenever choosing a floor finish, you will need to keep certain things in mind such as:

  • Is the floor resistant to abrasion?
  • Does the floor support chemical neutrality?
  • What is the surrounding climate and temperature like?

You should reach out to professionals for timber floor polishing services as they can cater to your style and sophistication requirements. The polyurethane coating acts as a sealant and helps to protect the floor against the accumulation of dirt and debris.

Regular timber floor sanding and polishing in Sydney from professionals helps to maintain the floor for the coming years.

Some of the common types of floor finishes available at Abacus Flooring in Sydney include the following:

Modified Oils

The modified oil finish provides two coatings that act as sealants for your timber flooring. These provide a perfect finish for your flooring, thereby helping with regular maintenance.

The modified oil protection needs 10 hours for drying to provide rapid sealing. Therefore, it helps to avoid the risk of multiple application of coatings. It is available in different colours, which help to maintain the neutral wood tones.

Modified oils are one of the most common types of floor finishes available. Moreover, these are made from the perfect blend of synthetic resins and film-forming ingredients, thereby contributing to moisture-resistant characteristics. The modified oils finishes are available in various sheen levels. Therefore, you can choose the perfect level of sheen to fit to your tastes.  

Solvent-based Polyurethane

The solvent-based Polyurethane contains a perfect blend of plasticizers and synthetic resins which help to create a durable surface that is moisture resistant in nature. Comparatively, solvent-based polyurethane has a mild odour than those oil-finished ones and tends to dry within two to three hours. However, these are more expensive.

One of the greatest benefits of applying solvent-based Polyurethane is that it will last for a long time, thereby preventing the risk of wear and tear. However, the only drawback is that it can start yellowing when applied on timber flooring and eventually darken with time. Therefore, you must maintain them before they begin to discolour.


The stain finish is perfect if your wooden flooring has pores. Abacus Flooring provides stain finishes in different colours for mixing and matching to reach the natural colour scheme. The timber floor sanding and polishing in Sydney from professionals can further help to maintain the colour of stained finishes.

You can choose to lime wash or stain black your flooring. It is advisable to provide a polyurethane covering over your timber floor to prevent the risk of fading colour.

Water-based Polyurethane

Water-based Polyurethane should be used to prevent staining of your timber floor. The water-based Polyurethane provides a clear finish which is better than other types of finishes. Therefore, these can be extremely beneficial if you are considering recoating the floor without having to sand much.

Unlike solvent-based polyurethane, they do not yellow and are non-toxic with a mild odour. One of the main reasons why many people choose water-based Polyurethane is that it helps to retain timber flooring’s natural look. These easily dry within two to three hours. However, it is advisable to wait for eight to ten hours before walking and around one day before putting back the finished floor’s furniture.

The appropriate floor finish can help to retain the natural look of your floor. You can reach out to the professionals at Abacus Flooring in Sydney for the best timber flooring finishing services.