Engineered Wood Flooring by Finish
The wood finish you choose is a crucial decision. It can affect the way your new engineered wood flooring performs in certain areas due to traffic, water and stains. It also determines how you maintain, clean and refinish your flooring, as well as affecting its appearance. Below we have outlined the most popular finishes and their pros and cons, for more comprehensive information call our help line on 01283 547528.
Oiled Wood Finishes
View all our brushed and oiled engineered wood flooring. They are by far the most popular in the market for many reasons:
1. Oiled wood finishes are normally more natural to the touch and enhance the grain which provides more texture. It's is easier to maintain, light scratches and marks can be concealed by using touch up oil, where as a lacquer would need to be fully sanded and refinished.
2. The UV Oiled process uses the same finishing line as a lacquered floor. However UV oiled wood finishes are in fact like a lacquer but with a much deeper mat finish and look. Normally three coats are applied, all cured by UV lights which can be seen below.
When cleaning, we always recommend Blanchon Natural Soap, which is a ph neutral cleaner, warm water and a squeezy mop to ensure no excess water is left on the surface of the wood.
Lacquered Wood Finishes
Lacquered engineered wood flooring is the long standing engineered wood finish.
This wood finish provides a hard coating which is resistant to scratching and marks, however once marked due to the high sheen of a lacquer these can been seen when the light shines on them. The good thing about a lacquered finish on your floor is that it becomes somewhat water resistant. That said, it’s never a good idea to splash lots of water about on any wood floor. You can clean a lacquered floor with specialist cleaning solutions, products like flash, bleach or other fragranced floor cleaners are not recommend as these can discolour and tarnish the lacquer.
Matt Lacquered Wood Finishes
Matt Lacquered engineered wood is the newcomer. It is heavy weight and is winning knock outs left, right and centre. This popular wood finish combines the matt finish of an oiled floor but the harding wearing capabilities of a lacquer. Scratches and marks and hidden more than a lacquered and are easier to repair. Cleaning the Matt Lacquered floors is the same as a lacquer.
Unfinished Wood Flooring
Unfinished engineered wood flooring is most suitable for construction work and projects. It allows greater customisation, but with so many colours in the market, unfinished is becoming less popular. However, if you can't find the right colour, unfinished is the way for you. You need to decide what colour, if any and buy the apropriate stain and then decide on the finish. It's a more DIY approach, but you can end up with a more unique floor.