Gloss, semi or satin

Q: Polyurethane will be the final step for the hardwood floors in the house. We would like to have the satin finish like we have in the condo presently. So, is the polyurethane semi gloss the same thing as the satin finish?

If not what would you recommend for the polyurethane that would get us our satin finish?

A: Use satin polyurethane for the final coat. Most oil modified finishes come in 3 flavours-gloss, semi or satin. I generally use gloss for at least the first coat, if not the first 2. Then apply satin for the third.