The Purpose of Polyurethane for Timber Flooring

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Timber flooring provides an earthy ambiance to a house or commercial building. When you select this type of floor for your structure, it is important to protect it from the continual traffic that you will expose it to each day. Today, one of the most popular ways to accomplish this task is by applying a polyurethane for timber flooring. MAB Timber Floors has expertise in the proper sanding and polishing techniques that provide timber floors with a lustrous, durable finish that will protect them from excessive foot traffic. Applying polyurethane is one of the ways we obtain this type of finish on timber flooring.

Polyurethane not only highlights the natural grain in the wood to enhance its appearance, but it also protects the wood from water, snow, mud and other elements tracked in from the outdoors. Three main types of polyurethane stains are applied to timber floors today, namely, solvent-based, oil-based and water-based. Each one has its own characteristics.

Types of Polyurethane Stains

If you desire a high-gloss finish on your timber flooring, the solvent-based polyurethane will accomplish this task the best. Polymers are in solvents with this version of the stain. While this form of polyurethane stain provides the highest durability, it is subject to edge bonding and is susceptible to issues with the saps and oils in certain types of timbers. Another issue is that some yellowing of the timber may occur in some cases. Solvents in the stain give off noxious fumes and toxins.

Oil-based stains are a combination of oil and solvent-based polyurethane stains. The addition of oil lowers the toxicity of the stain since the oil is a natural one. Oil-based polyurethane is not as durable as the solvent-based version is, but the cost is less expensive. Since the stain does contain oil, it will take longer to dry on timber floors than the solvent-based or water-versions do on wood floors.

Water-based polyurethane for timber flooring has polymer suspended in a water solution. It has the lowest VOCs of the polyurethane stains, the least-expensive version and dries the fastest. The water-based polyurethane conflicts less with timber with high oil or sap content compared to the other types of polyurethane stains. On the downside, this version of the stain has the lowest durability.

All the above types of polyurethane require the application of multiple coats for the ideal finish. Each coat will dry between the applications of the stain. Through this, we ensure that each layer of the stain applies smoothly and without problems.

MAB Timber Floors guarantees satisfaction with our expert sanding and finishing services. We provide our services to schools, residences and commercial buildings in Melbourne and the surrounding areas.

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