A lot of hardwood flooring professionals ask: Which is better, water-based finishes or oil-based finishes? That's like asking someone: Which is better, a car or a truck? Well, what are you trying to do? Everybody wants things to be black and white, but that's not how the world of wood floor finishing works. In reality, the decision can be somewhat customer-based and somewhat contractor-based. Here are some things to consider when making the decision:
There has been a new trend in the building industry of sleeker designs, including the elimination of baseboards. The sheet rock is designed to come within ¼ inch from the top of the flooring, because the designers do not like the look of bulky baseboards or shoe. This new design has created new challenges to the wood flooring industry, as well as floor maintenance challenges for the property owner.