Which Is Better: Water-based Or Oil-based Refinishing?

Finishing of hardwood floors once in at least a few years is essential. While doing so, the two options, water-based and oil-based polyurethane usually leave people confused. So if you are going solely by the cost, you might end up refining the floor in a way which wasn’t the desired result. Though water-based is on the costlier side in comparison to oil-based polyurethane, its advantages outweigh the costs. Hence, it is better to have a proper understanding of the benefits and disadvantages of both the materials before proceeding forward.

The Difference In Shades

The color difference between a water-based and an oil-based will be evident with time. Oil-based polyurethane will have an amber shade which grows darker with time. However, water-based polyurethane, on the other hand, will be well-defined and will not darken with time.

If you are selecting a hardwood that has a yellowish hue to it, water-based is recommended. Because in oil-based refinishing, the shade of yellow will only darken. This also applies to grey and white-washed wood floors.    

Which One Is Easier To Deal With?  

Water-based polyurethane dries much faster in comparison to oil-based finishing. One coat of oil-based will take at least a day to dry up. Whereas water-based requires only 4 hours of time. When it comes to the scent, oil-based polyurethane emits a smell which cannot be tolerated unless you wear a respirator. The smell remains on the clothing of the workers for another 24 hours. It is a very chemical and toxic smell. On the contrary, when it comes to water-based, it has absolutely no scent.

In case the oil-based polyurethane has been opted, it would be advisable to keep your pets away from the working area, if you have any. If the family is staying in the house while the entire process is going on, it is advisable to go with water-based material finishing.

Thickness And Texture

As compared to water-based, oil-based has a thicker layer but it is softer. While surface scratching holds threat for water-based polyurethane, dents are more likely to appear in oil-based refining material. When it comes to texture, water-based has a much rough texture in comparison to oil-based.

Planchers Renaud is a company that provides both water-based and oil-based polyurethanes. Depending on the pros and cons of both, one can make a suitable choice. However, weighing their respective advantages and your requirements, their professionals will assist you in selecting the right one.     

Irene Davis

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