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  • Writer's pictureJhon Jair Grisales

Choosing the Right Finish for Your Restored Hardwood Floors

One of the most exciting aspects of hardwood floor restoration is selecting the perfect finish to enhance the natural beauty of the wood and protect it for years to come. With various finishes available, making the right choice can be both rewarding and challenging. In this blog post, presented by Jersey Garden Hardwood Floors, we'll guide you through the process of choosing the ideal finish for your restored hardwood floors.

1. Natural Oil Finish


  • Enhances the wood's natural appearance.

  • Provides a warm, matte finish.

  • Allows for spot repairs without refinishing the entire floor.


  • Requires more frequent maintenance.

  • Susceptible to water damage and stains.

  • Longer drying time during application.

2. Water-Based Finish


  • Dries quickly, reducing downtime.

  • Low VOC content for improved indoor air quality.

  • Resistant to yellowing over time.


  • May require more coats for durability.

  • Slightly less depth and warmth compared to oil-based finishes.

  • Can be more challenging to apply evenly.

3. Oil-Based Finish


  • Provides a rich, amber hue that deepens with time.

  • Offers excellent durability and protection.

  • Longer-lasting and less frequent reapplication.


  • Longer drying time, extending the project timeline.

  • May emit higher levels of VOCs during application.

  • Prone to yellowing over time.

4. Matte Finish


  • Offers a subtle, low-sheen appearance.

  • Camouflages minor imperfections.

  • Trendy and complements modern interior designs.


  • May require more frequent touch-ups in high-traffic areas.

  • Can show scuffs and scratches more prominently than glossier finishes.

  • May not enhance the wood's natural grain as much as other finishes.

5. Gloss Finish


  • Provides a high-gloss shine for a polished look.

  • Resistant to wear, scuffs, and stains.

  • Reflects more light, brightening up the space.


  • Minor imperfections and scratches may be more visible.

  • Less forgiving of application errors.

  • May not suit all design aesthetics.

The choice of finish for your restored hardwood floors is a personal one that depends on your design preferences and lifestyle. Whether you opt for a natural oil, water-based, or oil-based finish, and whether you prefer matte or gloss, each has its unique advantages and considerations. For expert advice and professional hardwood floor restoration services, contact Jersey Garden Hardwood Floors at (973) 978-5215 or visit Let's help you select the perfect finish to bring out the best in your hardwood floors.

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