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Denver Hardwood Floors: How Much Shine Do You Need?

December 12, 2018

Once you reach the simple determination that hardwood floors are one of the most versatile options available, providing a nice clean, comfortable, and flow to your floor plan the decisions are just beginning. First, the type of wood must be selected, in addition to choosing a stain or lack thereof for the final finish that is applied.

There are a number of options available for finishing purposes after the installation has been completed. These are generally broken into the following categories based on the amount of shine and reflection from dull to bright - matte, satin, semi-gloss, gloss. Often there will even be differing stain colors with each associated glean as an option so determining which color you hope to administer, correlated with how much shine you wish the floors to have, must be decided prior to putting down the first coat.

To help you decide samples can be obtained and placed onto an inconspicuous area of the floor to help homeowners get an idea of what each will look like in their natural setting. Often, selecting the colors from sample cards and pictures is difficult and experiencing the amount of shine that your surface will have is near impossible without these small sample sections. Following is a brief description of each stain’s typical differing categories.


The dullest of shine samples, matte doesn’t mean it’s not popular. This look creates a more natural feel to the wood and in naturally bright rooms will not reflect near the amount of light of its counterparts. In fact, the matte wood finish trend is rising in part due to the natural wood grains being exposed, creating a more inherent feel.


A middle of the road selection, the family of satin finishes can often enhance the grain in the wood without creating the “wet” look associated with higher glean finishes. If you’re not sold on a high reflective, shiny floor or the complete natural look of matte finishes, then satin is something you should consider based on the color of stain selected.


Gloss is broken down into two separate categories within its own division. Semi-gloss and high gloss are both extremely reflective and give hardwood floors their shiny coats. However, a high gloss sheen is going to show a considerable amount of dust and may even produce tracks through commonly traveled areas of the home. These finishes are typically reserved for bowling alleys and gymnasium floors as opposed to the household living room. However, semi-gloss finishes are a common practice in homes because of their like new appearance and constant shine when well maintained. 

When you’re ready to make a decision on the finish of your hardwood floors, while improving the quality and value of your home, then look no further than TGB Flooring. Our professionally trained employees have a wealth of experience and can assist in your decision making as every home and installation is going to be different. We also utilize a dustless sanding system that can save you the time and money, getting you back into your home quicker and without the mess! Serving the Denver and surrounding areas since 1990, TGB can help you in selecting the appropriate look, feel, and direction for your space while providing hands on experience and explanations about the work that you want completed. Contact us today at 303-738-9910 to schedule your free estimate to get started.