There are many decisions involved when it comes to choosing your hardwood floor. One of which is the gloss. The glossiness of your hardwood is a key factor of determining how it will look in your home. Do you prefer a formal aesthetic? Something more lived in? The gloss may be the key to achieving the look you desire. Here is a quick guide to hardwood glosses from the experts at Floor Coverings International Bloomington.
Hardwood gloss acts as a finish for both protection and visual enhancement and is suitable for all hardwood options. If you change your mind as your style transforms, the good thing is that hardwood gloss is not permanent. If you want your floors to be subtler or add some shine, you can always refinish the wood and apply a new gloss.
High Gloss – A high gloss finish on a hardwood floor is about 60-65% gloss. The surface will be smooth, reflective, and have high shine. High gloss finishes will add a light and airy feel to a room and are generally associated with a formal aesthetic. The downside of a high gloss finish is that it will show dirt, grime, and scuffs more than other finishes. A glossy finish may not be ideal for high traffic locations.
Satin – This is about a 45% gloss, and still has a shiny finish but is not as reflective as high gloss. One of the benefits is that it shows more color and wood grain while maintaining luster, making it a current favorite among homeowners.
Matte – A matte finish is only a 10% gloss. It is similar to the oil-rubbed finish of European hardwood without the additional maintenance. A matte finish adds a classic feel to the home and is excellent at concealing dirt and scratches. This makes it a good choice for active households and is becoming increasingly popular.
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There are a lot of options when it comes to finishing your hardwood, and that’s why the experts at Floor Coverings International Bloomington are here to help. You can schedule a free in-home consultation with our hardwood experts, and they will walk you through the entire process of selecting the perfect hardwood. We are proud to serve Bloomington, Minneapolis & Richfield and the surrounding areas.
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