This question is the most common question we have among homeowners that plan to install or refinish their hardwood floo r. These two finishes have major differences and should be discussed in details. We will do side to side comparison here to get better idea about two.
Lets start from the look:
- Oil-based material has yellowish warm color. Once applied, it makes hardwood to stand out more and make entire room look warmer. Oil-based finish tend to darken with time, so we always recommend to move furniture once in a while. In general you can see some differences couple years after application. Once applied with any(except white stain) color stain, it saturates and deepens a color. If you apply it with white stain, you would get dull yellowish color.
- Water-based material has white to transparent color. Final result looks a bit dull but more constant throughout the entire floor. If your hardwood has a lot of shades due to knots or material character, water-based material would cover some of them for you. If used with any stain, final result gets way more dull. It is recommended to use water-based stain only with light or white stains. Latex(water-based material) also has better UV protection, but still can be affected by strong direct light – it tends to fade out with time.