Finishes are Limitless
An aesthetic choice, but also a practical one, the finish on your boards matters. You can purchase hardwood flooring in Toronto pre-finished or have it sealed and protected once installed in your home. Factors like sheen, light reflection, protection from nicks and scratches, and the appearance of weathering and wear can all be elected in a protective finish.
It’s become more popular to use reclaimed hardwood planks from old salvaged buildings and barns. Those one-of-a-kind planks have a historical patina about them which is hard to duplicate and lends rich character to a space. If you don’t have access to real reclaimed boards, there’s now trendy wire brush and distressed finishing which can help create that look. One benefit of ultra-textured and rough finishes is that they hide scuffs and damage well.
Previously common high-gloss floor varnishes aren’t as common today. Generally, satin or matte finishes have taken over and they’re more forgiving in terms of maintenance and hiding flaws.
You can choose oil, or a factory sealed protective coating depending on your needs. Those who prefer the lowest maintenance possible, typically go for the sturdy, resilient pre-finished options.