Choosing a Timber Floor

Multiple Colour Choices For Timber Floor

Every timber has its own uniquely natural colour, but please keep in mind that natural colour variations will occur within a single timber species.

Timber is a natural product and therefore is individually unique.

Choosing a finish for your floor will need to be determined by the type of sheen you wish to have on your floorboards.

Flooring oils are protectors of timber floors as they penetrate deeper into the timber grain. Polyurethanes are considered to be surface or plastic coating.

Some of the beautiful timber flooring finishes that we offer our customers include:

Solvent based Polyurethane

Solvent based Polyurethane: has greater abrasion resistance and provides a harder floor finish. This type of finish needs less routine maintenance, however it will have a yellow/orange tone due to chemical reaction to light.

Water Base Polyurethane

Water Base Polyurethane: good wear and tear resistance. This finish is generally applied over a sealer; this enhances the colour of the timber.

Available in matt and satin finishes.

Tung Oil / Gemini

Tung Oil / Gemini: is a more traditional type of finish using an oil base mixed with a solvent. This type of finish requires regular maintenance and the colour will naturally darken over time. Tung Oil leaves a very soft and natural appearance.

Gemini will need to be reapplied annually.

China Wood Oil (Organ Oil)

China Wood Oil (Organ Oil) penetrates deeply into the wood and provides a natural matt finish.

Modified Tung Oil

Modified Tung Oil has been modified for faster drying time and is easier to maintain than your original Tung Oil.

Staining existing floorboards

Staining of your existing floorboards can give you a variety of colours from which to choose.

Here you’ll find a comparison table on the different types of finishes and their maintenance properties. This is only a guide to help you choose the most appropriate finish for you. (Do remember it is your floor and you’re the one who is going to be maintaining)

Timber Polish Type Finish Timber Protection Wear Factor Maintenance
Natural Oil Matt Moderate Low High
Tung Oil Semi-Gloss Excellent Low High
Polyurethane (Water based) Gloss Satin or Semi-Gloss Moderate Moderate Moderate
Polyurethane Gloss Satin or Semi-Gloss Low Excellent Low

(the actual wear varies considerably from household to household, protection is not scratch resistance.)

Ask Dave and Fiona about the types of stains available that will suit your needs