Until few years ago, polyurethane was the only option for a finish. Luckily there is WOCA supplier here in Calgary- Magna Hardwood Flooring.
What is WOCA? It's penetrating oil that does not create a plastic film on a wood surface. It's very eco-friendly and your floor will never need to be re-sanded again. Read more here...
Take a look at the file/brochure. More and more businesses are turning towards WOCA as a finish option because re-sanding is wrong. Yes, re-sanding is wrong. I've been sanding floor for quiet a few years now and I can say again: re-sanding is wrong. Imagine that floor on a railway station in London UK (see the brochure), with so much traffic, can they afford (time) re-sanding the floor every 6-12 months? They will need a brand new floor in 2-3 years, is that something they want to do?
For you as a homeowner WOCA Oils might be appealing because they are very eco-friendly, floors are easy to maintain and repair, and again your floor will never need to be re-sanded.
Based on my personal values, expectations and experience, WOCA oils are the most superior finish available and the only finish people should use.
But be prepared, there are limitations: there are colored oils/stains that work on White Oak only. Red Oak can take some light colors. For other types of wood I'll have to use natural oils. It also takes longer for a project to be completed as the oil needs additional 3-5 days to cure. Cost-wise, I charge $5.00/sq.ft. for most of the floors, so it's not much more expensive that a polyurethane option.
I hear lots of comments from people who do not check my web-site first that WOCA colours are not good for them and they need something different. I'm sure it's all to do with your priorities. WOCA will make your floor very different: very durable, easy maintenance and touch-ups, no future re-sanding etc, plus being natural/eco-friendly. However if all you looking for is the colour, then you should be contacting someone else.
Talking of cars: Landcruiser or Lexus are the super reliable vehicles, those are the qualities that matter to me. Do I really care what colour they are? Still there are people out there who buy Ford.
Imagine your WOCA floor costs about the same as any other floor?
Another example: I'm looking to buy a small tractor (really). Do I really care what colour is it going to be?
Once again: there is nothing more beautiful than a natural floor. Why do you want an apple that looks like a banana?
WOCA Colour Oils are made for and work on White Oak. I can do any colour on White Oak.
Having said that, I can not stain Maple, Birch, Brazilian Cherry. I use only Natural Oil on those floors.
Red Oak floors can be stained with some very light colours, I have samples. Unfortunately darker colours like medium brown and darker do not work on Red Oak. Here is a bad example:
See that line along the wall? This is what happens. And don't tell me that my sanding is wrong. Those highly toxic stains like Bona work just fine. But I do not work with them, I have kids. What if you need to have your floor stained dark? You hire someone else.
As of January 1st, 2017, I do not answer my phone. All inquiries to be made via the contact form.
The last thing you want me to do when I'm working on your floor is to answer calls and send emails.
All emails will be answered after hours when I get home.
Only if you are an existing client, leave a message when you call, and I'll get back to you as soon as I can.
Two days ago got a call from a builder (Ultimate Renovations): we have two houses, please come to redo them. No, thank you, have no time for you. Do your homework before, not after.
I've had 10(ten) calls within the last four weeks asking me to come and and redo the floors after someone. I have absolutely no time to do that. Smarten up, calgarians!
Couple of days ago I got another call: we hired another refinisher who didn't show up to start on the project for two days. The furniture and appliances are out, could you please come and save us?
No, thank you. I have enough work to keep me busy for a while. I asked them why they hired that guy and if they checked his reviews.
Anyways I suggested to bring all furniture in and hire (and wait for) a reputable company as it is impossible to get someone decent on very short notice!
There’s a lot of confusion out on the internet about pre-finished factory finished hardwood flooring and solid unfinished hardwood flooring that’s installed, sanded, and finished on site.
Many claim one is vastly superior to the other and vise-versa – usually with ulterior motives. So what is the actual unbiased truth? Let’s have a look at the pros and cons of each below so you can make up your own mind…