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Waterlox vs. standard polyurethane

Posted by mythreesonsnc (My Page) on
Mon, Feb 7, 11 at 7:16

Hi All,
I usually post on the building a home forum, but think I need to go to the experts for my flooring question.

We are in the middle of our build and have always had in mind a random width walnut for the flooring. It is a "new old house" kind of look, meant to be like an old farmhouse. I like the knots and other "imperfections" in Walnut, guiding us to look at a step down from the highest grade of wood (no coffee yet, sorry for my blank). Anyway, I've read quite a few posts on GW about the wonders of Waterlox. It seems that it is a product that soaks into the wood, bringing out the grain, while still protecting it. It also seems to be great if you ever need to touch up a spot vs. a complete refinish that would be required with polyurethane.

I will need to talk to the hardwood guys this week about using waterlox if that is what we decide. I have several questions about it though:

From a pricing perspective, how would you expect the application of Waterlox to compare to a traditional polyurethane?

From a cleaning perspective, what can you use on a waterlox finished floor?

Any negatives about Waterlox, or pictures, stories, etc.?

Thanks for reading and any advice would be greatly appreciated!

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RE: Waterlox vs. standard polyurethane

Wish I could help, but I was about to post the same thing! We are going with oak, also not the best grade, but I want something to look like we have lived on it for years and not freak out if it gets dented or scratched by the kids.

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