“You install it. That’s it,” he said.
When it comes to finishes, the most environmentally friendly option is water-based polyurethane, which at $55-$100 per gallon is more costly than a traditional oil-based finish, which costs about $25 per gallon. But the labor costs may be less expensive because a water-based polyurethane finish dries faster -- typically in two to three hours compared to eight hours for oil-based finishes.
Kevin and Chris Talmant chose a water-based polyurethane to refinish the floors in their LaVista Park home in DeKalb County, where the previous owners had painted the floor white in the master bedroom. They spent about $4,000, in a couple of phases, to update the floors in the kitchen, living room, dining room and hallway. The couple immediately noticed the water-based polyurethane’s low odor, which made them feel as if they had made a healthier, greener choice for themselves and their pet parrot, Picasso.
“When you come home, you don’t have this horrible oil-based smell in the air,” Kevin said.
Finally, if you are having your floors refinished or installing new floors that are finished onsite, be sure the contractor is using a dust containment system to minimize the dust particles in the air.