When deciding which type of finish you would like for your wood floor, it is important to consider the environment in which they are to be installed (i.e. high or low traffic, adjacent to entry points from the outside), and your lifestyle and maintenance preferences. It should be emphasised that all wood floors will require routine maintenance, such as sweeping or dust mopping to keep them looking beautiful and new, but your choice of wood flooring finish now will have a big impact on how you care for your floor in the long-term, as well as how your floor will look in the years to come.
Traditionally, wood floors were often waxed. This involved the application of layers of wax, and involved lots of buffing between layers. This was, and is still, regarded as a very labour intensive method of floor finishing, not only in it’s initial application, but also in it’s subsequent maintenance. By and large, the old-fashioned wax-floor has now become a thing of the past, and wowadays most wood floors are finished with either Hardwax Oil (either pre-finished or finished on site), UV Hardened Acrylic Lacquers (pre-finished only), or Acrylic Floor Seals (finished on site).
Other considerations might be in respect of mechanical finishing and distressing effects to the wood which serve to give the floor an aged look; for example, distressed, hand-scraped, sawn to name but a few.