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Why Choose a Waterbased Finish for Your Wood Floor?

Wondering why you should choose a waterbased finish for your wood floor? Because it’s more durable, better for your health and for the environment, faster to implement and non-flammable. And because there’s nothing quite like a beautiful wood floor to take a room to the next level. Let’s take an in-depth look at the advantages of a waterbased finish.

  1. Durability: waterbased finishes offer the ultimate protection for your wood floor. Tested for abrasion resistance, some have proven to be five times more resistant than oil-based finishes.
  2. Less odor and better for the environment, thanks to its lower VOC content. VOC stands for volatile organic compounds. Simply stated, VOCs are gases emanating from certain solids. Exposure to increased VOCs can cause health and environmental problems, so limiting them should be a top priority.
  3. Because most water-based finishes dry clear, the floor’s natural wood hues shine through without the yellowing that oil-based finishes can produce. Stand back and enjoy the beauty!
  4. Quicker drying times. Water is thinner than oil, so applications dry quickly. And, no, that doesn’t mean you need more coats. Faster curing times mean less downtime and can get your floor back in action just 24 hours later. (This is one of the reasons fewer VOCs are released.)
  5. Waterbased finishes are not combustible or flammable, and neither are their vapors. Because you don’t need to be worrying about a fire on top of everything else.

There are a lot of options in floor care, and it can get overwhelming quickly. That’s why Basic Coatings® makes it easy. We’re here to educate, evaluate and advise you on what’s best for your floors. To learn more about the advantages of waterbased finishes from Basic Coatings, click here.

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4 Easy Ways to Prevent Your Hardwood Floors from Fading

Hardwood floors are a pretty big and important investment. The wood type, color, sheen and design at installation are all key factors in the look of the final product. Over time, these floors may fade, become discolored or warp. What causes this? Sunlight – just like the sun can burn your body if you expose it for too long, the sun can affect your wood floors.

Protect your Floors from Fading and Sun Damage

1. Rearrange your furniture.

Every few months, consider changing up the layout of a room. Move a rug or reposition some furniture. It doesn’t take drastic changes – just enough so that different areas of the floor get different levels of sun exposure.

2. Create some shade.

Drapes or curtains help keep the sun out, but adding some plants to the landscaping in front of windows could be even more effective. Plants will help counteract the sun’s searing effects (not to mention, your yard will look fantastic!).

3. Refinish regularly.

Don’t wait until the damage is done. By refinishing wood floors regularly, you can prevent sun damage before it becomes permanent. Floors looking discolored, scratched or extremely worn? It may be time to call a contractor to refinish.

4. Connect with the experts.

Think your floors are over-exposed to sunlight, but not sure what you can do? Don’t fret. Call a contractor in your area to come out and take a look at your floor. They’re wood flooring expertise and knowledge of products will help you find a solution that works for you.

Quick tip: Basic Coatings’ StreetShoe® NXT is a waterbased wood floor finish that was specifically made with a UV Inhibitor to minimize sunlight-related color changes for high traffic wood floors. Click here to learn more.

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Overworked Finish? Here’s How to Fix It

Fast-drying finishes can sometimes be tricky. If you go over the finish with the applicator once the finish has started to dry or “kicked over”, it can create bubbles or make the finish streak. This appearance is caused by pulling the new finish over the partially cured finish. Fortunately, there are many ways to prevent this issue.

Prevention:

Don’t Use Old Finish – Make sure you check the batch codes from the manufacturer of the finish before you lay it down. Expired finishes can be foamy or bubbly, which can affect the way the finish performs.

Lay it and Leave it – Focus on completing the floor a little at a time. Work in an area about 3 by 3 feet – something manageable and comfortable. Once the finish is dry, you can go back to do minor repairs as opposed to repairing a big area of overworked finish.

Don’t Wring Out Applicators – When your “wring out” your applicator during the application process, you are introducing air into the applicator and into the finish you are applying. This will cause foam or bubbles. Instead of wringing out your applicator to remove drips, try just tapping the excess off.

Control the Air Flow – When your coating the floor, make sure the HVAC system is off. This will prevent uneven finish, debris, streaks, etc. Once the floor is finished, wait about 30-45 minutes before turning the system back on.

Add Water – If you are working in high temperatures or low humidity it can be beneficial to add water to your finish to extend the “open” time.  You can add up 12 ounces of water per gallon.

How to Fix it:

Looking for a way to fix overworked finish? The best way to repair these issues is to abrade and recoat.  You can also check out our video on small board repair by clicking here.

Still have questions? Call us at 800-441-1934 to talk with our experts.

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Introducing StreetShoe NXT – The Next Evolution in Waterbased Technology

Basic Coatings® is excited to announce StreetShoe® NXT, the next evolution of StreetShoe waterbased wood floor finish! StreetShoe NXT is the next generation in two-component waterbased technology specifically formulated to increase the performance and quality of the StreetShoe waterbased finish you already love.

StreetShoe NXT features a high build formulation built on nano technology for the highest level of duability. NXT is easy to apply with a T-bar, roller or paint pad and can be applied directly cialis for sale in usa over stain. Need back on your floors sooner? No problem! StreetShoe NXT still has the fastest cure available, reaching a 90% full cure in just one day.

Other benefits of StreetShoe NXT include:

  • UV inhibitors minimize sunlight-related color changes
  • 275 VOC
  • Available in three sheens: gloss, semi-gloss and satin

For more information on StreetShoe NXT or Basic Coatings’ other superior waterbased wood floor finishes, visit us online at basiccoatings.com or call customer service at (800) 441-1934.

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Become a Master of Waterbased Floor Finish

If you are in the hardwood floor industry, you might know that Basic Coatings is a believer in waterbased finishes. But, what are the perks of using waterbased finishes and how do you use them? If you are a contractor, it is good to know that a waterbased finish is a smart option when refinishing hardwood floors.

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Basic is Better: StreetShoe Waterbased Wood Floor Finish

One of the most common errors when applying a new floor finish relates to a problem we’ve all shared at one point in time—a lack of patience. Any professional in the industry should want every newly coated floor to look like a dream floor the first time around. In the best interest of the contractor and the homeowner, proper application of floor finish means avoiding re-sanding or refinishing which saves everyone time and money.

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