I’ve used alot of waterborne floor finishes over the years but my favorites are the ones made by BONA. See my past reviews on Bona Traffic, and Bona Naturale .
Here’s the background on this project. It’s a remodeled 1960’s house with Architecture by Webber + Studio Architects here in Austin, TX. This is a solid 3/4″ Pecan floor nailed to 3/4″ plywood over a vapor barrier on a concrete slab. We laid the floor with raw wood then sanded just the edges of the floor where base molding would hit the floor (in order to eliminate shoe molding we install floors THEN base).
|We install hardwood floors shortly after sheet rock is completed.|
|We condition the house post-floor install to keep the moisture content of the wood consistent. RH of the house should be maintained under 60%. I use portable AC’s in the summer along with Dehumidifiers to keep the RH below 60%.|
|Bona Mega is about 30% less costly than Bona Traffic and is easier to work with because it’s a one part poly (no mixing).|
|One coat of Bona Mega and this Pecan floor is looking fantastic. I like the Satin finish, not too shiny, not too matte/dull.|
|Hard to capture on camera the gloss level of Satin. It’s my favorite finish. Notice the floors are finished before cabinet install.|
|And here’s the finished floor ready for move-in. This picture represents the satin sheen well.|
|Notice the white base landing on the floor with no shoe moldings.|
In conclusion, I’m a fan of Bona Mega. This product has performed well, has a durable finish, and has the right sheen level. The house with these photos was completed 2 years ago now and it’s still looking fantastic. I would highly recommend this product for your wood floor project.
Special thanks to Kristynik Hardwood floors who did a terrific job on this project.
– Risinger Homes in Austin, TX
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