Wood floors are very beautiful, and they can really make a room or living area stand out. Many experts recommend using polyurethane to coat the floor as a means to protect it and maintain its appearance. There are several advantages of polyurethane coating for wood flooring that should convince you to give it a try.
The polyurethane coating renders the wood floor non-porous and protects it from the following:
- spills and drops
- foot traffic
All of those listed above can inadvertently cause damage to your wood floors. With the application of polyurethane, a coat of protection will seal the holes that might house bacteria, mold and mildew. Moisture will not seep in through spills, drops and other sources. Damage from foot traffic will also be reduced because of the coating that will protect it for about seven years.
Another advantage of coating your wood floors with polyurethane is the protection that it gives from exposure to the elements. The sun, rain and wind can eventually cause damage if it is exposed to it long enough. Discoloration is one of the foremost effects of continuous exposure to these elements.
Wear and Tear
Floors that are always trod on will eventually bear the marks of the abuse from our constant walking. The dirt and debris that our shoes bring in with us from the outside can scratch unprotected floors when we walk through the room. Even without the dirt and debris, constant walking can wear out a wooden floor and make it uneven or dented. The use of a polyurethane coat will help to maintain the beauty of the floor and bear the brunt of the abuse.
You can easily maintain the beautiful appearance of your wood floors when you coat it with polyurethane. All it takes is just a few wipes of a dry mop or electrostatic cloths. Since polyurethane can last about seven years before it needs to be replaced, maintenance is a breeze.
When polyurethane is prematurely damaged, it is not too difficult to touch up small areas that require replacement. Intensive damage such as cuts, nicks and scratches on the coating should be checked by experts because these can become problem areas where mold or mildew will start to grow. This does not happen often, but when it does, it should be taken care of immediately.
These are just a few of the advantages of of using a polyurethane coating. The cost of the application is very small in comparison to the maintenance that you will have to do if you do not apply the coating. Even the coating itself is not expensive compared to replacing your wooden boards if one or more gets damaged. Overall, it is recommended that you look for experts to apply the polyurethane in order to achieve an even coat that protects your entire floor.