Red Oak - stain or no stain?
we are having our floors redone soon. I had the first flooring guy over last night to give me a quote. He said the current finish on our floors was a cheap Minwax finish. the floors right now are a golden oak color. very yellow! I mentioned that I think we want to stain them to obtain a more light brown color. He said "you don't want them stained" he kept saying that we wouldn't want that. He uses an oil based polyurethane. He said that alone would darken the floors and bring out the color in the wood. The guys seemed knowledgable and he comes highly recommended from a coworker who also used him.
Then I found this picture on houzz. I like the color of this floor and in the comments section they said it was natural red oak with just an oil based poly finish. So, I am asking is it what I should expect if I just had the guy sand my floors and coat them with 3 coats of oil based poly??
I will show it to him as well but I probably won't see him again unless we decide to go with him for the floors. I think I should talk to a couple of more flooring people before deciding.
Here is the Houzz pic