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Refinishing wood floors– Water Based Finish Vs. Oil Based Finish

In London,Chelsea,Fulham,Clapham,Richmond,Chiswick,London and Notting hill.

If you have been spending time looking at your hardwood floors and are thinking of ways to cover them up instead of showing them off, you may realize that it is time to get serious about refinishing them. One decision you"ll need to make is what type of finish you will choose in order to ensure that your floors are protected from the wear and tear associated with time.

Hardwood floor finishes come in many varieties, Conversion Varnishes, Moisture Cured Urethanes, Wax"s, Shellac"s and Varnishes. Essentially though you can confidently narrow your choice down to two options: Oil Modified Urethanes and Waterborne Urethane. Both have their pros and cons and once you have heard both sides of the story you should be able to determine what type of finish will be best for you.

Oil Modified Urethanes are petroleum based with a blend of synthetics resins, plasticizers and other film forming ingredients that produce a durable, moisture-resistant coating. Over time the finish will amber, leaving a warm natural look. Oil based finishes are less expensive, feel smoother to the touch and tend to have a richer look than water based urethanes. On the downside, oil-based finishes are more toxic, containing higher VOC"s (Volatile Organic Compounds). They are also stronger smelling which usually precludes staying in the house while the coating is taking place. Once dry, the odour from the solvent may still be discernable for several days but shouldn"t cause any discomfort to the residents unless they are sensitive to smells or have acute allergies. The finish is also less durable than water based finish and takes longer to dry. Waterborne Urethanes are a blend of synthetic resins, plasticizers, and other film forming ingredients that produce a durable, moisture resistant coating. There are both one and two component waterborne finishes. While single-component finishes are ready to use out of the canister, two-component finishes have a catalyst or cross linker mixed into them at the job site. The two component finishes are more durable and considered essential for a commercial hardwood floor. These finishes are environmentally friendly with lower VOC"s than other hardwood floor finishes. As a result they are considered low odour, meaning you don’t necessarily have to leave your home during refinishing. Waterborne finishes are also non-yellowing so will not change colour over time. They"re fast drying so you will be back on your floors at least a day earlier than if you used an oil-based finish. They"re also considered more durable than the oil based finishes. The downside to waterborne finishes would be that there more expensive and not quite as smooth to the touch as an oil based coatings. Also because of there fast drying nature, some floor layouts can prevent the finish from being flawless. In conclusion we can see that both types of finishes have their pros and cons. The facts presented will hopefully help you to determine what type of finish is right for you. So whether you opt for the silky feel of an oil finish or its environmentally friendly water based counterpart, rest assured that both finishes will give your floors the protection needed to endure the years to come.Refinishing wood floors Chelsea,Fulham,Clapham,Richmond,Chiswick,Notting hill,London,Ealing.



Engineered hardwood flooring is versatile and innovative, allowing you to install your chosen color, cut, finish, and surface texture in areas where solid hardwood is not recommended.  This means you get the effect you want without having to worry as much about the moisture levels and temperatures in your space.  Our engineered floors free up your options and let your creativity lead the way.

Versatility of Engineered Hardwood Flooring


For the advantage of real hardwood in areas where solid wood floors are not recommended, engineered hardwood flooring is your clear choice for interiors, like:

better for below-grade installations - basements, where dampness is common

over radiant heating systems, which tend to dry out solid hardwood, causing the boards to shrink, cup, and buckle.

on a concrete subfloor, either as a direct glue-down or a floating floor.

geographical areas with extreme climate conditions.


"Glueless click" engineered floors allow for a real wood flooring surface and the ease of installation similar to laminate floors - faster completion time, less

 mess, real wood.




We specialize in Floor Sanding-Refinishing Wooden Floors.Continental Flooring undertakes any refinishing and restoration projects of all types of hardwood floors and provides Floor sanding services to Greater London and surrounding areas.Whether your project is a family residence or a commercial space ,Continental Flooring will not only do the job right,and create the ideal floor for your needs,we also provide exceptional service from start to finish.