Oil & Water – Quick Facts About Polyurethane

Many homeowners wonder what the primary differences are between water-based polyurethane and oil-based polyurethane, and which one is right for them. This quick checklist highlights some of the biggest differences between the products.

oil & water-based polyurethane

Oil-Based Polyurethane

  • will darken over time
  • longer drying time – at least 24 hours between coats
  • strong odor when drying – best to leave the house
  • thicker than water-based – usually only requires 2 coats

Water-Based Polyurethane

  • won’t darken – remains clear for the life of the floor
  • fast drying time – multiple coats in a single day
  • practically odor-free
  • thinner but harder than oil-based – typically requires at least 3 coats
  • more susceptible to scratching

So which is right for you? Speak with a flooring expert at E_M Custom Flooring & Installations for a more in-depth explanation and what may be best for your unique project. We provide superior floor refinishing services and can help you make the best choice for your home.

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