Budget Floor Sanding Brisbane offers a premium choice of Timber Interior Floor Finishes to suit your preferences. We only use the timber flooring industry’s tried and tested, highest-quality products that always produce beautiful stylish polished timber floors. As the conditions in the interior and exterior of the house are different, the coating materials also differ. This is because verandahs and decks are more exposed to changing atmospheric conditions so; the finishing material applied is impervious and adaptable to harsh environmental conditions.
INTERIOR TIMBER FLOOR FINISHES
Finishes used in the interior of the house are categorized into four basic classes depending upon their “base” and the finishing effect that occurs after their application. Apart from bestowing a glamorous effect on the floor, there are also some drawbacks associated with each finishing material being used.
Let’s have a brief look at each of them so it would be easy for you to decide which coating would be the best fit for your timber floor finishes and polishing!
Oil-Based Timber Floor Finishes
These are traditional wood floor finishes based on natural oils. Traditional Pure Tung oil is one example. The oil-based timber floor finishes do not wear well and require greater maintenance and your wooden floor will darken with age and possibly yellow in darker areas or where the floor is covered. Edge bonding of the floorboards is unlikely. Although not as durable, oil-based floor finishes do give your wooden floor a beautiful satin appearance.
Advantages: The oil-based timber floor finishes provide a warmer effect and high tone to the floor and their coverage is second to none. Oil-based timber floor finishes excel in bringing a beautiful satin appearance to your Brisbane homes.
Disadvantages: They do not wear well and require greater maintenance and your wooden floor will darken with age and possibly yellow in darker areas or where the floor is covered. Edge bonding of the floorboards is unlikely.
Composite Oil-Based/Solvent-based Interior Floor Finishes
These wooden floor finishes have natural oils combined with urethanes to enhance wear qualities. Interior Floor finishes with a higher urethane content will be more durable than the Pure Tung oil-based finishes mentioned before. These finishes can have gloss levels that vary from high gloss to satin. Water-based versions are available that have low VOC emissions but they will cost more.
Solvent-Based Polyurethane Floor Finishes
Solvent-based polyurethane provides the hardest finish of the four timber floor finishing alternatives. They do not have the flexibility of the other floor coatings, but they provide excellent wear qualities. This means that due to their increased durability, little maintenance is necessary. All timber floor gloss levels are available from matt, satin, and very high gloss, and these floor finish options will also darken with age. The odor produced during the dying of the finish is strong but dissipates as the finish dries. Due to its high strength and limited flexibility edge bonding of the wooden floorboards can occur. This hard-wearing timber floor finish is well suited to pet owners as it is the most durable timber floor finish.
Solvent-based polyurethane has the priority amongst the four types due to the following reasons:
- Provides the hardest finish of the four timber floor finishing alternatives. They provide excellent wear qualities. This means that due to their increased durability, little maintenance is necessary.
- All timber floor gloss levels are available from matt, satin, and very high gloss, and these floor finish options will also darken with age. The odor produced during the dying of the finish is strong but dissipates as the finish dries.
- Due to its high strength and limited flexibility edge bonding of the wooden floorboards can occur.
- This hard-wearing timber floor finish is well suited to pet owners as it is the most durable timber floor finish.
Besides proving to be the most effective floor coating, there are certain drawbacks associated with their use.
- They do not have the flexibility of the other floor coatings.
- They are combustible.
- A longer time is required for re-coating.
- Gives off toxic vapors which last for about five days and have a strong odor that disperses over time.
Water-Based Floor Finishes
One and two-pack eco-friendly water-based polyurethanes are gaining popularity due to their improved durability and better wear qualities for your sanded floors. These timber floor finishes are mostly applied over a sealer coat which helps to enhance the color of the timber floor and also helps reduce the possibility of edge bonding between the tongue and groove flooring. Water-based wood floor finishes come in matt, satin, and gloss, and generally, your floor will darken a little with age, but less than solvent-based timber floor finishes. Water-based interior floor finishes cure faster and produces fewer fumes, so this may be an option if you need to stay in your home while the floor sanding and polishing are being done. If anyone in your home suffers from respiratory issues, water-based finishes are the best option. The biggest advantage of pursuing water-based floor finishes is that you will have almost no exposure to VOCs (volatile organic compounds).
Raw Untreated Scandinavian-Looking Timber Floors With Invisible Protect
With the progress of time, new techniques have developed which bring modernity to the timber floor. One of these practices is the use of invisible protect.
What is invisible protect?
Invisible Protect is a new water-based timber floor coating that retains the natural appearance and feel of untreated timber.
What’s new in it?
Its almost invisible layer is extremely scratch-resistant and the wood floor coating has outstanding wear resistance. There is no enhancement of the timber color and the original floorboard color is retained. Invisible Protect also has an Anti-slip rating of R9.
Where can invisible protect be applied?
This floor product is suitable for cork, parquetry, and interior wooden floors. Loba’s Invisible Protect is the latest from Germany’s technology leader in environmentally friendly, waterborne timber floor finishes.
EXTERIOR TIMBER DECK FINISHES
As Brisbane’s climate is perfect for outdoor living, Budget Floor Sanding Brisbane regularly maintains, recoats, and restores timber decks. We also have a specialized long-nosed edging machine to reach in under your handrails to complete a professional deck restoration.
Common coating materials acquired for outdoor finishing are as follows:
Sikkens Deck is a premium oil-based timber coating offering excellent weather resistance for the harsh outdoor environment Brisbane decks endure. It is a high water-repellent, UV-resistant, exterior deck finish with a satin appearance that allows the wood grain to remain visible.
Decking Oil is an economical floor sanding deck finish but requires more frequent applications to maintain the condition of your wooden deck after the floor sanding process.
Both the above exterior timber deck finishes have their advantages and disadvantages.
The timber finish on outdoor timber decks does not last as long as interior finishes due to the harsh ultraviolet light it receives. If decks are not maintained the finish deteriorates and eventually flakes off leaving the raw timber deck exposed and vulnerable to timber rot. Damaged timber boards can lead to the timber deck needing a more expensive repair or replacement.
Restore your deck to its absolute best with Brisbane’s deck sanding specialists, Budget Floor Sanding Brisbane.
If you are uncertain which timber floor finishes that best suit your circumstances and need floor sanding and polishing advice, contact us and let us help you with your floor sanding renovation questions.
Frequently Asked Questions About Timber Floor Finishes and Polishing Brisbane
What are the different categories of interior timber floor finishes?
Interior timber floor finishes are categorized into four basic classes based on their “base” and finishing effect: oil-based finishes, composite oil-based/solvent-based finishes, solvent-based polyurethane finishes, and water-based finishes.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of oil-based timber floor finishes?
Advantages: Oil-based finishes provide a warm and high-tone effect to the floor, and they have excellent coverage. They also give the wooden floor a beautiful satin appearance.
Disadvantages: Oil-based finishes require more maintenance, as they do not wear well. With age, the wooden floor may darken and possibly yellow in darker areas or where it is covered. Edge bonding of the floorboards is unlikely.
How do composite oil-based/solvent-based interior floor finishes differ from pure tung oil-based finishes?
Composite oil-based/solvent-based finishes combine natural oils with urethanes to enhance wear qualities. They offer greater durability compared to pure tung oil-based finishes. Gloss levels can vary from high gloss to satin. Water-based versions with low VOC emissions are also available but at a higher cost.
What are the characteristics of solvent-based polyurethane floor finishes?
Solvent-based polyurethane provides the hardest finish among the four alternatives. It has excellent wear qualities and requires little maintenance. Gloss levels range from matt to very high gloss. The finish darkens with age, and there is a strong odor during application, which dissipates as it dries. Edge bonding of the floorboards can occur due to their high strength and limited flexibility.
Are water-based floor finishes a better option for those with respiratory issues?
Yes, water-based floor finishes are a better option for those with respiratory issues. They produce fewer fumes and have lower VOC emissions compared to solvent-based finishes. Water-based finishes cure faster and are environmentally friendly, providing improved durability and wear qualities.
How do water-based floor finishes compare to solvent-based finishes in terms of curing time and fumes?
Water-based finishes cure faster than solvent-based finishes. They produce fewer fumes during application and have lower VOC emissions. This makes water-based finishes a suitable choice if you need to stay in your home while the floor sanding and polishing process is being done.
What are the benefits of using raw untreated Scandinavian-looking timber floors with invisible protect?
Raw untreated Scandinavian-looking timber floors with invisible protect retain the natural appearance and feel of untreated timber. The almost invisible layer is extremely scratch-resistant, providing outstanding wear resistance. The original floorboard color is retained, and it has an anti-slip rating. This option is suitable for cork, parquetry, and interior wooden floors.
Where can invisible protect be applied, and what are its features?
Invisible protect, a water-based timber floor coating, can be applied to cork, parquetry, and interior wooden floors. It retains the natural appearance and feel of untreated timber while offering exceptional scratch resistance, wear resistance, and an anti-slip rating of R9.
What are the common coating materials used for exterior timber deck finishes?
Common coating materials for exterior timber deck finishes include Sikkens Deck, a premium oil-based timber coating that offers excellent weather resistance and allows the wood grain to remain visible, and Decking Oil, an economical option that requires more frequent applications.
How long do exterior timber deck finishes last, and what happens if they are not properly maintained?
Answer: The longevity of exterior timber deck finishes is influenced by various factors such as the quality of the coating, exposure to sunlight, weather conditions, and maintenance. Generally, exterior finishes do not last as long as interior finishes due to the harsh ultraviolet light they receive. If exterior timber deck finishes are not properly maintained, the finish can deteriorate over time. This can result in flaking off, leaving the raw timber deck exposed and vulnerable to timber rot. Damaged timber boards may require more expensive repairs or even replacement. It is essential to regularly maintain, recoat, and restore timber decks to ensure their longevity and preserve their aesthetic appeal. Professional deck sanding specialists, like Budget Floor Sanding Brisbane, have the expertise and specialized equipment to perform deck restoration effectively.