3 Reasons Why Wood Finishing Works

Posted by Wood Care Systems on 1/17/2015 to Wood Care Tips

When it comes to planning and building wood-based structures and flooring it’s important to pay attention not just to the design and materials, but also on the wood finishes. Wood finishes are available in a variety of preparations including paste, liquid or gel, and these are often applied thinly into a wooden surface. There are two general types of wooden finishes- finishes that create a thin coating into the wooden surface and mixtures that can penetrate the wooden material.

Investing in wood finishes may cost you a few hundreds of dollars and can be timely consuming, but this is a requirement when you want to preserve or even boost the value of your wooden windows and flooring. There are three reasons why investing in wood finishing products make sense in the context of home ownership.

Wood finishes keep flooring clean

A decision to invest in quality finish is all about sanitation and cleanliness. Wood is a porous material which means that within the wooden material there are different sizes of hole where dirt and dust can accumulate. If the wooden flooring is subjected to heavy foot traffic and a lot of household activities, there’s a chance that dirt and grime can accumulate and clog the pores, leaving your flooring grimy and unattractive. Dirty and grimy wooden flooring can also pose a health risks since this can breed disease-causing bacteria. With the use of wood finishes or coatings, the porous surface is sealed, thus making the floor cleaner.

Adds color and decoration

Finishing the wooden flooring can boost its aesthetic appeal. Even if you decide on the most basic finishing like basic wax job, the transformation from bare to shiny cannot be denied. Finish decoration can improve the flooring’s texture, color and sheen. To protect the material’s texture, keep the coat thin to generate that ‘natural wood look’, and this can be achieved using varnish or lacquer. But if you want to change the wood’s texture, simply fill up the pores and apply multiple coating before scraping it back.

Wood finishes can also add a dash of color into the wooden materials. This can be done through staining, which broadly refers to the application of color directly into the material. While this is a common approach to coloring wood, other options are available including color application in between coats and direct application of color to the finish and the wood material.

Helps stabilize wooden material

By nature, wood will absorb and release moisture and as a homeowner you should strive to limit the amount of moisture that the wood can absorb. If a dry wood is allowed to absorb water or wooden windows are installed in high-humidity environments, the material will absorb water and swell. The opposite happens when wood is installed in a drier climate- wood will shrink and release moisture. These changes in moisture content result in wood movement that can cause for the wood to split warp or even deteriorate through time. In order to avoid these, you’ll need to invest in quality wood coating and finishes. Products like TWP 100 Series are designed for wood including decks, and help create a protective layer against warping and cracking. When applying a coat, remember a thicker coating means limited moisture exchange.

It’s never too late to add a finishing and coating task in your home improvement project. The project may sound costly and tiring, but it’s one work you want to extend to your home.