has anyone put down oiled wood floors?

Bridget HelmApril 23, 2013

i fell in love with floors by a company called DuChateau. However, they are 11-14/sf.

What I like about them in the limewashed/pickled look. I got lucky and found another brand that carries a similar looking floor for only 4/sf. We need 200sf, so I'm super excited!

These are oiled rather than polyurethane. Any guidance on oiled floors? they look very "raw" - beautiful but unprotected

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GreenDesigns

If you don't have kids, don't do food outside the kitchen, don't put the floor in the kitchen, don't have pets, and don't wear shoes, then you might be a suitable candidate for an oil finish. If you are a real person with a busy life that includes any of the above, then stay away.

$4 a square has to be Chinese. You get what you pay for.

1 Like    Bookmark   April 23, 2013 at 4:07PM
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Bridget Helm

at the local floor store they are 5/sf, but i found them on sale online for 4/sf. i am shocked by the price tag too because they are a nice thick beautiful floor. they look very high quality. in fact, next to DuChateau's oiled floor samples, you can't tell the difference. DuChateau is 11-14/sf. I actually like the color of the ones I found more.

they are from a company called global direct flooring. something about no middle man. here's a quote from their website:
âÂÂGlobal Direct Flooringâ is set up to serve members on a direct basis, supplying
the highest quality products, at the lowest possible cost. GDF is the only vendor set up to serve CCA members on an exclusive basis- we do not sell or service any competitive retailers, buying groups, etc. This is a unique partnership and expands on the mission and success of CCA-Global Direct."

i don't know what CCA means. my builder is going to check the floors out before giving them a go if i do decide that i want them.

in the meantime, i have to decide if i can live with oiled. i am using either blue slate or a porcelain tile in the kitchen. we have no pets, but we do have kids - 4 of them, and taking shoes off before entering will NEVER fly in our house.

does anyone else have experience/lived with oiled floors? they are so beautiful! but i don't want to make a huge mistake. they look rustic already, so i'm figuring wear and tear will just add to the patina??

    Bookmark   April 24, 2013 at 11:15AM
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pumpkinhouse

Bumping this for more opinions on oiled wood. Sounds like it is not very durable? We do have kids and pets, but I want a floor that can be lived on. My in laws had a polyurethane finish on their wood floor, and MIL got so upset whenever it got a little scratch. I don't expect a wood floor to look perfect forever, nor do I want it to.
Could a new oiled wood floor be a good alternate to a reclaimed wood? Give the same worn look at a lower cost?

    Bookmark   August 1, 2013 at 11:31AM
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eclecticcottage

All of my floors are wood, and all but the bath and bedroom are oiled. The living room has a single coat of poly on it as well, but everything absorbed into the VERY dry wood (it's reclaimed garage sheathing) so it's not like the poly finish most people are thinking of. When we brushed it on, it absorbed into the wood within seconds.

We don't have kids. We do have a dog who goes out and brings in water and mud. She's 80lb, so we're not talking a small dog. We go in and out with shoes on.

I love my floors. I do have to reoil them again, it's been about a year for the livingroom and a little less for the others. Mind you, the others are original subfloors (60 or so years old) and the living room is VERY dry, so I don't know how often it would really need to be done on new wood.

This is the dining room floor, as I was oiling it

and the living room floor all finished last year

    Bookmark   August 2, 2013 at 12:29PM
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pumpkinhouse

Very nice! I love how dark the living room floor is.

    Bookmark   August 2, 2013 at 8:48PM
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snookums2

I'm sure I looked at prefinished oiled flooring. It was great looking and natural but did not hold up to my testing. I would not buy today's floors without an assembled sample I could experiment on.

    Bookmark   August 2, 2013 at 11:34PM
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pumpkinhouse

"I'm sure I looked at prefinished oiled flooring. It was great looking and natural but did not hold up to my testing. I would not buy today's floors without an assembled sample I could experiment on."

Would you feel better about a reclaimed wood that was oiled? What is it about new oiled wood products that you don't like?

    Bookmark   August 3, 2013 at 8:14AM
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snookums2

It was a good looking floor which looked like reclaimed wood. Probably engineered, I don't recall.

"What is it about new oiled wood products that you don't like?"

I don't like the prefinished or engineered floors. It's a durability issue.

Yes, I would definitely consider an oil finish on real solid, site finished flooring. I believe I read some good reviews on it and you can just touch up scratches as they come. Would have to do testing though. Another concern would be whether dust would adhere to it more, like some furniture polishes.

I came across this product that perked my interest years ago when searching for finishes. You might check out reviews.

Here is a link that might be useful: monocoat oil finish

This post was edited by snookums2 on Sun, Aug 4, 13 at 0:01

    Bookmark   August 3, 2013 at 3:05PM
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eclecticcottage

No dust issues, the oil that isn't absorbed in needs to be wiped off. It feels dry, just like any other floor. At least ours do.

    Bookmark   August 3, 2013 at 11:05PM
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duchamp

Anyone else?
I too love the look of pale, pickled oak or pine flooring. I've seen it in an oiled, solid version, and have seen it as engineered and other. Any input or suggestions as to how to find a good product of this sort out there?? Without using up my 401k of course?

    Bookmark   August 20, 2013 at 10:51AM
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lottiemoon

Just came upon this thread, so thought I would add in my recent experience with Du Chateau oiled wood floors. In 2012 we had ours installed in every room of our house except for the bathrooms. We were a little worried about the "raw, unprotected" look of the wood (white oak) before making the leap, but we have absolutely loved them. They are far more durable than they look! We're careful to wipe up spills in the kitchen and dining room asap, but we aren't obsessive about it. We don't have little kids, but we do have a big, rambunctious labrador retriever puppy. :-) Our floors weathered her potty training just fine (we actually WERE obsessive about cleaning up puddles during that phase) and they are not scratched up at all from her bouncing all over the house. The only caution I would give about our particular kind of wood is that a few of the planks have edges that are a bit splintery. That's part of the distressed beauty of it, but it's worth noting to anyone not wanting that rough of a texture.

1 Like    Bookmark   August 21, 2014 at 5:59PM
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Giffinka

I am considering oil wood floors too. This thread has been helpful- especially lottiemoon's. What is the negative about these floors? I love the look of a real wood, natural looking floor. LottieMoon-about how much per sq ft were these floors? Has anyone run across other manufacturers in the $8 sq ft range with quality? Thanks in advance!

    Bookmark   October 10, 2014 at 8:55AM
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Liesl123

We have had oil finish floors (Portofino - European White Oak) for about 6 months. I think the negative is that they have to be re-oiled. This is a task done by hand, is very tedious, and is not something we are looking forward to doing on an annual basis. Also, while the floors look great, I don't feel like they are really sealed and protected. Dust from our remodel absorbed into the floors like crazy. The occasional water spot by the dishwasher/kitchen sink leaves marks. However, we do have a dog running around on them and scratches are not noticeable. Personally, I don't think the look of the floors is worth the maintenance, especially for the expensive price.

    Bookmark   October 10, 2014 at 10:27AM
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duchamp

I found this brand of engineered pre-finished oiled hardwood...and I think I'm going to go with it. The company developed a durable, long-lasting, non-toxic oil finish called Nu-Oil. It addresses all of the issues above and they're gorgeous! I hadn't heard of the Hallmark brand previously but after a lot of searching around, I've found very good feedback about these floors. I'm most likely going to purchase the Alta Vista line (white oak) in Laguna:

http://paradiseflooringhawaii.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Alta-Vista-Brochure.pdf

Here is a link that might be useful: Hallmark brochure - finished with Nu-Oil

    Bookmark   October 10, 2014 at 4:05PM
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thehype

bmh4796 and duchamp....did either of you use the oiled hardwoods? I am trying to look for feedback on dechateau and came across this thread...pic and feedback would be great

    Bookmark   December 23, 2014 at 12:45AM
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Michelle

I too want to install oiled floors in my new home. We're currently planning on using an engineered wood by Allwood. It's white oak, 5", smoke. It's beautiful. But I am a bit concerned now after reading a few of these comments as we have three kids and three smallish dogs. It's quite inexpensive though. ($5.50). Would love more feedback on oiled floors, especially engineered.

    Bookmark   December 23, 2014 at 5:54PM
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Michelle

I too want to install oiled floors in my new home. We're currently planning on using an engineered wood by Allwood. It's white oak, 5", smoke. It's beautiful. But I am a bit concerned now after reading a few of these comments as we have three kids and three smallish dogs. It's quite inexpensive though. ($5.50). Would love more feedback on oiled floors, especially engineered.

    Bookmark   December 23, 2014 at 6:12PM
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duchamp

GoldenGirl, yes I will be having it installed (the one in the link that I posted above) but I decided to wait until after winter to have it done.

    Bookmark   December 29, 2014 at 9:53PM
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kellyc609

I installed St Moritz Du Chateau floors in 2012 in Napa house. I have a hard time finding the cleaner and pay a premium for it when I do. It smells nice but doesn't clean up any spots or stains at all. St Moritz has little white chunks in the design to look like old painted floors - well the little chunks pop out. Just this winter I started getting splits and cracks in a few of the boards - no idea why all of a sudden - nothing is different - these aren't even in the sun or by a heater vent or anything funky. I am doing a new house - this time with in-floor heat and I really think I am going to look elsewhere for flooring. I love the look of Du Chateau - I have a big dog and I see no scratch marks but I'd hate to have to replace boards every few years - or the whole floor. I kind of want a forever floor - like the old days - before we started throwing stuff out every 5 years - and thought stuff from China was garbage (oh, it still is ...) Maybe Coswick Hardwood from Canada?

    Bookmark   March 1, 2015 at 9:28AM
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