Types of Floor Finish

Finishes for Timber flooring Chatswood

Timber finishes are quite permanent. A finish can be removed, but the removal process is quite difficult. So it is best to make the right decision about the right finish for your timber floor. Best to get it right the first time. 

Indoor Timber Flooring

Unlike outdoor structures an interior floor finish can be choose for appearance over protection – there is no need to protect the wood from Sun and rain.


Oil is an older method of finishing timber floors. The oil brings out the natural grain and colour of the wood, which many people like. It makes high quality timber look its best.

Oil was first used on timber because it provided resistance to moisture and alcohol. Because the oil soaked into the timber these was no way for other liquids to penetrate the surface.

But this means that several coats of oil are needed for timber flooring. And the floor will need to be periodically recoated.


This is less common today, but was finished provide a translucent surface for timber floors. And they can be applied over other finishes.


This is a hard protective finish. It is probably the most common option today.

Older types of varnish would turn yellow over time. But water based polyurethane remains completely transparent. Oil based polyurethane will turn slightly amber over time, but many find that this looks good on timber floors.


This will darken the wood, but in a pre-planned and desirable fashion. Stains are specifically applied for appearance, but they offer no real protection against moisture.

Stains can be covered with polyurethane.

Timber flooring northern Beaches

Timber floors are a great investment, lasting for decades. And they can be re-sanded if you need to restore their original appearance.

The right stain, protective coating or finish will bring out the best in your timber floor.