Oil -v- Lacquer

Which to Choose?

Herringbone, chevron, or wide plank flooring - which ever you've chosen, there's just one final step in completing your dream floor. Although often an afterthought, choosing the right finish for your wood is extremely important.

The two most popular wood flooring finishes are lacquer and oil, both of which have their own benefits, and advantages. Read on to decide which option is best for you.

Lacquered Finish


A lacquered finish has many pros. Possibly one of the biggest, is that a lacquered wood floor is easily maintained, and cleaned. The lacquer works as an added protective layer, therefore making it ideal for a room with heavy footfall. Working as a temporary water-resistant film, if attended to promptly, the varnish won't permit liquid to seep through the wood's surface. If you're lucky enough to anticipate a high level of sunshine through the room, this coating is ideal as it will work as a UV filter, avoiding potential fading.


Although very strong and hard-wearing, a lacquered finish is not indestructible. It's imperative to invest in a quality barrier matting if the wood is to be laid in an entrance, to aid with the removal of soiling and moisture. If it's likely that objects will be moved or dragged across the floor, it's possible that a lacquered finish will show up scratches more than an oil finish. With the lacquer sitting on top of the wood rather than sinking in, over time the wood could become exposed, and open to damage. Because of this, we would suggest daily sweeping or vacuuming to keep it looking its best.

There are several options when it comes to a lacquered finish: high gloss, gloss, or matt. As lacquer is coated on top of the wood, there will always be a degree of shine, it's just subject to personal preference as to how much sheen you desire. It's easy to create a beautifully pristine and glossy surface through this finish.


Oil Finish


Just like lacquer, an oil finish will protect the surface of the wood. The biggest advantage of oil over lacquer, is that it provides a deeper defence, penetrating the wood. While it's inevitable that the external layer of the wood will wear over time, opting for an oil varnish will help maintain the knots and layers beneath.

A big difference between an oiled and lacquered finish, is the aesthetic and final look produced. In terms of appearance, oiling the wood will give it a really natural look. Whilst it won't have a smooth and sleek appearance, oiling appears matt and barely there, retaining the authenticity of the wood.

Although an oiled wood flooring may need more regular care and upkeep than lacquered, it's unlikely it will need high-impact maintenance. It's a straight-forward process when an oiled floor needs attention, and any damage can be repaired locally. Refresher oils can also be supplied by Eaton Square, if required.


If you still need help deciding, get in touch with one of our specialists today. A member of our team will be more than happy to talk through the options in relation to your specific needs and requirements, ensuring your wood flooring lasts a lifetime.


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