How many coats of polyurethane for hardwood floors

Q: Our installer applied three coats of oil-based Duraseal and I would like an additional coat. Our installer did an awesome job but he thinks I am crazy to want another coat of polyurethane. How many coats of polyurethane for hardwood floors are correct? Continue reading How many coats of polyurethane for hardwood floors

Coat over pre-finished floor

Q: I just put hardwood floors, pre-finished, into my new condo. I love the color and grain of the wood I chose, but it is not shiny enough. My floor installer told me that adding polyurethane will only make it shine for around a month. Continue reading Coat over pre-finished floor

Thin ridges up and down floors

Q: I just had my hundred year old oak floors sanded, stained and polyed by my contractor. He cut the floors, which are either 12″x12″ square parquet or 2″ long planks, with a rented belt sander and used a hand held edger. The floors looked normal once sanded, with some scratches here and there, but good for their age. Continue reading Thin ridges up and down floors

Finishes containing aluminum oxide

Q: How do you feel about the durability of water-based finishes containing aluminum oxide? my installer wants to use it, he says he will use 3 coats, or I stick with an oil based poly. The less fumes and recoat time is appealing to me. Continue reading Finishes containing aluminum oxide