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Saint Petersburg, FL 33716

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Wakefield Hardwood Floors

The standard in quality since 1997

If you decide to stain your floor rather than leave it natural, you’ll need to pick a tone; there are various shades to consider including custom blends.  Next, it’s time to select a finish.  There are two main types: oil-and water-based, both of which are available in satin, semigloss, and gloss sheens.  Oil-based versions will make the wood grow richer and darker in color with age.  Each coat takes five to 12 hours to dry.  Most water-based coatings dry clear—so the wood retains its original color—and often in less than an hour; they are applied in thinner layers than oil finishes, so they will require more coats.  Since they are more scratch-resistant than their oil-based counterparts, they are ideal for pet owners. Water-based coatings also tend to be lower in volatile organic compounds (VOCs)—toxins that can adversely affect your health.  As with oilbased finishes, they off-gas (emit VOCs), but since this happens only during the drying and curing phase, they do so for a shorter period of time.

 

Finally, your choice of a finish sheen (i.e., shininess). You can choose from Matte, Satin, Semi-Gloss, and Gloss. "Matte" finishes offer a very small amount of shine and appeal to homeowners that seek a natural, clean feel to their home.  Matte finishes will hide scratches, dirt and other imperfections much better than glossy floors. Matte finishes are more child- and pet-friendly than high-gloss finishes because they don’t show as much dust, dirt, or footprints.  On the other hand, glossy finishes can give that "wow" factor and look impressive!  "Satin" is a popular choice for homeowners.  It has a slight matte appearance but still offers a bit of shine. It has a silky look, is easy to maintain, and has a wonderful ability to “hide” small surface scratches and scuffs.  "Semi-Gloss"  is less shiny than Gloss but still maintains a fair amount of shine. Many homeowners choose semi-gloss for its mix of shine and maintainability. "Gloss"  will offer the shiniest sheen and gives a glossy, almost “wet” looking appearance.  Homeowners like the high-end appearance of Gloss, however,  Gloss is harder to maintain because it shows dust, scratches and scuffs more easily.