Hardwood Flooring Staining Options

Q: What is the difference between “Natural” finish and “Stain” finish?

A: When “Natural” finish (either water-based or oil-based) is applied to raw wood, the curing process will result in a slightly different appearance. This is not a stain, but the normal part of applying clear sealer and finish. Depending on the sheen of finish used, the final result will be satin, or matte. Matte is the most common sheen of natural finish we use unless otherwise requested. This process is included in the general “Install, Sand, and Finish” service.

A: The process of including a “Stain” involves the additional step of rubbing on stain that will result in a lighter, darker, or color variation (ex. “chocolate” or “cottage white”) prior to coating with a clear finish coat (FINAL coat) of finish. Since staining involves this extra step and often creating multiple samples to meet customer preferences, adding a stain generally results in an additional charge. You can also expect your project to take up to one extra day to complete.

Q: What staining options are available?

A: King Hardwood Floors LLC uses high-quality stains designed specifically for hardwood floors of various species. There are some species of floors (see Staining Maple and Hickory Floors FAQ page), which do not respond well to stain. Otherwise, we offer a variety of standard and environmentally friendly hardwood floor staining options including Rubio Monocoat and Duraseal stains. Rubio Monocoat is a stain and sealer and does not require a “final” coat due to its unique properties. In addition, Rubio Monocoat has a “natural” option which results in a “raw” yet sealed and protected hardwood flooring outcome.

Q: Am I able to add stain to my existing flooring during a refinish or hardwood addition project?

A: Absolutely! One of our specialties is adding to existing flooring with seamless results. For existing flooring, there is a slight chance of color differences (see Hardwood Refinish FAQ page). But most of the time, we are able to match existing and new flooring without noticeable differences of any kind.

Q: What are the pros and cons of staining hardwood floors?

A: One thing we love about working with a natural product like real hardwood floors is that it affords the options of customization. You can change the look of your floor without replacing the whole thing by having it refinished and stained. Downsides to staining include the additional cost and time required. Darker stains tend to reveal wear and tear on the floor such as surface scratches. We will discuss the variables with you depending on your staining preferences and make a professional recommendation to help you make the best decision for your flooring needs.