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Old 05-21-2014, 06:24 AM   #1
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I am installing an engineered floor in my basement. There is hardly any sheen to the floor which is a red oak in a grey finish. I am also installing new stairs in red oak. The contractor has suggested staining and finishing the stairs in a shinier finish with 3 coats of polyurethane. The landing between the 2 sets of stairs will be in the basement hardwood...is this normal? Should they match? Is this enough info, first time poster. Thanks

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For starters, you need to find out what type of finish is on the flooring NOW. It's obviously a low-lustre clear finish which could be a urethane or a polyurethane, or any number of products that the factory applied. Clears can have compatibility issues so you really need to figure it out. I would really be concerned about trying to "shine" up the engineered wood with its factory finish. Many possibilities to screw it all up.

As for the steps, no problem in putting on 3 coats of poly.

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Thank you for your response but i'm not sure if I was clear with my question. The stairs are unfinished/natural red oak and although we have been given (by paint store) a perfect stain match contractor wants to finish them in a shinier finish than the engineered flooring. This is the info on floor: Northern Lights From the Forest Collection - Style: Brushed / Oiled Plank, Color: Pewter Red Oak, Wood type: Northern Red Oak, Finish: WEARMAX XT. I just think it would look a little weird to have shiny stairs and flat floor and landing...? Thanks again
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I'm guessing the contractor is wanting to use a higher sheen because of increased durability. I wouldn't want anything less than a satin finish on stairs. Ask about using a satin finish, that might match better and still be durable.
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Thank you I have asked him. He is going to provide some sample pieces for me to choose from.
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