Padua has a Lacquer finish, while Sea Smoke has an oil finish, a UV oil finish to be specific. Even though oil finished floors have become more popular recently, there’s still a lot of people wanting to know more about them. Which has led to more questions for us.
We really like both finishes.
So why did we choose an oil finished hardwood?
It was really a style preference regarding our choice. When we chose from the samples that ADM had sent us, it was easy to see which ones were oil finish and which ones were lacquer.
The oil finished samples had more texture, a more natural wood look, and more of a matte finish. This was the look we were wanting for this new build.
So, if you’re wanting to know what makes an oil finish different, here is some more info:
What is an Oil Finish?
When an oil finish is applied to wood flooring, the oil penetrates the surface of the wood. Whereas a lacquer or polyurethane finish sits on top of the wood. This is why you will see and feel more texture on oil finished hardwood floor. This is also why oil finished flooring has more of a matte appearance, which allows for the natural wood attributes to show through.
UV oil, which is what Sea Smoke is finished with, is primarily made up of cold-pressed vegetable oils and aromatic hardening oils. Both of these are environmentally friendly.
A good polyurethane finish on hardwood flooring can be very durable, but oil finishes also offer great durability, but in a different way. As I mentioned above, the oil penetrates the hardwood, but it also bonds with the wood on a molecular level making it stronger.
There is a little more maintenance when it comes to oil finished floors. This had us a little concerned but realized quickly that it wasn’t a very big deal. To increase the longevity of your flooring, it’s recommended to apply a coat of oil every year.
Once the construction was finished at the new house, Henry cleaned the floors with WOCA Natural Soap which is also recommended and applied a fresh coat of oil for good measure. According to him, it was super easy.
Is an Oil Finish the Right Choice for You?
Obviously, the main reason we chose an oil finish for our engineered hardwood was all about aesthetics. To me, they have more of an old look which adds character.
With so many modern features in this home, adding in a little rustic was very important. I love the contrast!
Not only is the look of an oil finished floor stunning, but it helps to know that scuffs and scratches are very easy to repair and this is so important when having dogs or younger children. Or even teenage kids like we do.
They recommend just buffing out the scratch then applying another coat of oil, no sanding required. Simple enough for me!
The UV oil finish is a safe, and eco-friendly way to have beautiful flooring that has a high-end look. The clean, natural wood finish is also a very popular look among top designers that we are loving!