Category Archives: Water Based Finish

How long do hardwood floors last?

At Voyageur Flooring we often hear the same questions over and over. We don’t mind at all! However we like to post these frequent questions on our blog hoping that the answers to these frequent questions will benefit others. Our customers often ask us how long their hardwood floor should last. Of course their are a few variables (traffic, pets, children with spikes on their shoes:), etc.), but typically a floor should last between 7-10 years. When I say it should last I am referring to the finish not the wood. Some refinishing companies use a cheaper polyurethane and of course this will ensure that they will be back to sand your floor sooner (we don’t like those companies). If you need a list of those companies I can provide it. Voyageur Flooring uses the highest quality polyurethane on the market. By making this selection we are ensuring that your hardwood floor’s finish will last a long time or at least on the long end of the 7-10 year range. Keep in mind that Voyageur Flooring still offers very competitive rates. In other words, some companies skimp on the quality of the finish which yields higher profits for them. Although we are a for-profit company, we believe that in the end using the best materials will make happy customers and hopefully more customers!

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Common Flooring Question: Water Based Finish vs. Oil Based Finish?

Often times at Voyageur Flooring we here homeowners in Minneapolis/St. Paul ask us what the main differences are between an oil based finishes and water based finish products. If you are considering having your hardwood floors refinished you should be asking these questions because their is a difference!

Voyageur Flooring‘s website has answers. Please see both links for a detailed answer to this good question. I will also give a short summary here. (www.VoyageurFlooring.com/faq.htm) & (www.VoyageurFlooring.com/services/hwf_refinishing.htm)

 At Voyageur Flooring we believe in water based finishes for three main reasons. First, water based finishes give off a CONSIDERABLE less amount of fumes contrasted against oil based products. Wood Floor refinishing doesn’t have to be a process that removes you from your home and gives you a headache when you return.  Secondly, we believe at Voyageur Flooring that water based products last longer than oil based products. Although we’d love to refinish your hardwood floors every year (our business would explode), homeowners like you should have to refinish your floors every 7-10 years. Some oil products don’t last half that long. Finally, oil based products have a tendency to taint the coloring of your hardwood floor. Water based products allow a more natural look. Wood Floors are beautiful and we believe that water based products give a more accurate, un-tainted view of your floors. Of course, if you want your hardwood floor darkened or would like your hardwood floor to match furniture, trim, etc., we can stain your hardwood floor.

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