Remodeling your studio is probably the most satisfying task, especially if it means new found inspiration for your artwork. Your studio is the place where you spend most of your time as an artist so it must be a place where inspiration can flow freely. When I remodeled my studio, I decided on hardwood floors as it looks amazing with lots of different styles, designs and colors.
Choosing Hardwood Flooring
Hardwood floor finishes create long lasting beauty and require minimal care with today’s advanced technology in wood floor finish products. Choosing the right wood floor finish gives your wood flooring, whether it is exotic hardwood floors or regular wood floors, the protection from dirt, wear, and moisture while still giving wood flooring an attractive sheen and color. Most wood floors today are finished with a top coat and stain. Modern technology has provided us a wide selection of hardwood floor finishes, each with distinct appearance and benefits.
People installing hardwood floors that were pre-finished no longer need to apply wood flooring finishes because the manufacturer has already applied finishes at the factory, typically four coats of urethane resin that has been ultraviolet cured. Manufacturers say that these hardwood floor finishes are more durable and consistent because of the strict standards in application. Factory-finished floorings can be installed right after it was taken out of the box, thereby making the installation task a lot easier especially if you are only replacing the floors in your house. Manufacturers offer different stain colors for wood finishes such as oak. Sever finish options in pre-finished products are also available, including oil- and water-based urethane and wax but the principal choices are penetrating or surface finishes.
Surface finishes shield wood floors through a protective layer that is similar to the clear plastic common on the top of the wood. Mainly polyurethane, surface wood finishes are used on all pre-finished wood floors and are the most popular choice today.
Penetrating finishes are applied and absorbed by the wood fibers. These oils often applied on the surface with wax have a satin or matte appearance. Try running your hands across the surface and the wood grain you would feel is most likely the penetrating wood finish. With their distinct and unique physical properties, cherry and maple do not really absorb stains as evenly and uniformly as other hardwood species in the U.S. If you want a penetrating wood finish for your cherry or maple floor, use the natural and non-coloring type.
Oil-based urethane is the most common type of hardwood floor finish. It becomes amber with age and usually comes in satin, gloss, and semi-gloss sheen. This may require two to three coatings with each coat taking about 8 hours or even more to dry. You may need paint thinner to clean it up. This type of wood floor finish emits fumes and distinct smell as it dries up so doors and windows should always be left open during the drying process for better ventilation. If you live in an area with cold climate, it is best to go for a water-based finish.
The other types of wood floor finishes are the water-based urethane and the moisture-cured urethane. Since both dry up faster than the other types of wood floor finishes, these two are often used in businesses and other commercial purposes. Wood flooring is such a good flooring option for your home because of its durability and classic and aesthetic appeal. However, if you want that appeal and beauty to last a long time, then you should go for hardwood floor finishes.
Hardwood floors works great for any room in your home, especially your art studio as it gives it that unique and funky look, depending on the design or color you choose. It is worth the cost and is durable in every way. I for one, would not have chosen any other flooring for my art studio.