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Which Types of Flooring Need to be Sealed?

While flooring installation is the first step toward transforming your space, the work doesn’t stop there. Several flooring types need to be sealed periodically to hold up to wear and tear. After your flooring company completes the installation, here’s what you should know about sealing as flooring maintenance. 

What to Know About Sealing Floors

What Is a Flooring Seal?

Flooring seal is a protective substance that’s applied to the surface of certain flooring materials. The chemical sealer soaks into the pores of the flooring, protecting the material from damage. Sealers can also prevent stains. This substance differs from floor finish, as a finishing chemical sits on the surface of the flooring material. Both flooring seal and finish may be necessary in some cases. 

There are a few types of floor sealants available. The flooring company may apply an initial coat of sealant immediately after installation, especially if the flooring material is particularly vulnerable to damage and stains. However, some sealers are designed for restorative use. Your flooring contractor will recommend a maintenance schedule for your particular flooring material. 

Which Types of Flooring Need to Be Sealed?

Remember that your flooring company will tell you whether your floor will need sealing over time. Here are some of the materials that may benefit from a seal:

  • Hardwood: Natural hardwood flooring is one of the most popular flooring materials and requires extra care. A coat of sealing will fill the pores in the wood to prevent damage while preventing the boards from separating after hardwood flooring installation. A seal can also make a floor finish more effective. Without a proper seal, certain types of wood might sustain damage from a finishing chemical. 

  • Natural Stone: Stone flooring is highly porous, making it vulnerable to the elements. Sealing your natural stone flooring regularly can prevent bacteria growth and erosion. This is especially important in commercial flooring that’s exposed to the elements and frequent foot traffic. While your flooring company will provide a recommendation, most natural stone requires sealing once or twice per year. 

  • Tile: Sealing tile flooring prevents stains and protects the grout from erosion. In some cases, the flooring contractor will seal the tile immediately after installation. Talk to the contractor about whether the tile and grout is already sealed and how often you should apply sealant in the future. Commercial tile may require sealing more often than residential.

As a rule, porous flooring materials like hardwood, stone, tile, cork, and concrete may require sealing for optimal longevity. However, always follow the flooring company’s lead. Ask whether they applied a sealant after installation and whether they recommend a finishing coat as well. Commercial hardwood flooring and tile may require extra care to hold up to wear and tear. 

Have questions about your flooring? The team at Ozburn-Hessey Company offers flooring installation services for businesses and companies. Located in Nashville, TN, we have decades of experience providing quality service and maintaining floors for our customers. Whether you’re interested in new floor installation or maintenance for your existing flooring materials, we’re here to help. Contact us today to get started.

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