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The most common timber Finish- the Surface finish

The most common, popular type of timber finish- but is there a good reason? Yes!

Surface Finish- Non flexible finish

Surface finishes shields timber by forming a protective film that looks like a clear plastic on the surface. Predominantly MC (Moisture-cured) polyurethane, surface finishes are found on pre-finished floors and are the most popular finish product in Victoria. They are durable, beautiful and water resistant and require very little maintenance. As there are various sheen levels to choose from, it is a flexible and versatile options.


So what's my options?


Water Based Polyurethane

Non flexible finish

  • One of the most popular and common finishes that we at MyFlooring use in Victoria.

  • Due to many factors such as:​

    • Environmentally friendlier option​

    • Low VOC

    • Comes in a range of finish sheen: such as Matt/ Satin/ Gloss in general

    • No Yellowing/ discoloration as seen in MC/ Solvent based polyurethane. *Especially on white washed/ limed floors.

  • At MyFlooring we also tend to recommend commercial grade water based polyurethane as it is hard wearing and durable.

  • Less VOC than regular MC polyurethane and thus less odorous.

  • Potential issue of edge bonding does exist but we can also advise on how to reduce risk as much as possible.

Water Based Polyurethane
Water Based Polyurethane


Solvent Based Polyurethane

Non flexible finish

One of the most beneficial aspects of MC polyurethane, it is the hardest wearing and moisture resistant surface finish. As it is in effect- a large plastic film bonded to the timber surface.

However, after a certain time- the surface finish can yellow over time.

During its application, generally, it has a strong noxious odour and contains toxic elements. And the drying time for a new floor is roughly a few days.

One potential problem is edge bonding, splitting, cracking of the finish when the moisture content of the air is very low.

We can advise on how to prevent this issue.

Solvent Based Polyurethane
Solvent Based Polyurethane

If there is any additional questions or concerns please feel free to contact us at or just fill out our online quote form found below if there is an upcoming project that you would like some advice on. We'll try our best to help out as much as we can.

Good luck on your upcoming project!

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