Water-based sealers are a type of protective coating used to seal and protect wooden floors. Water-based" means that the product is water-based, which distinguishes it from solvent-based sealers. Water-based sealers are more environmentally friendly, emitting fewer volatile organic compounds (VOCs) than solvent-based alternatives, making them safer for indoor use.
They are designed to form a transparent protective layer on the surface of the floor, creating a barrier that resists scratches, stains and everyday wear and tear. What's more, they enhance the natural beauty of the wood by giving it a gloss, satin or matt appearance, depending on the finish chosen. These water-based sealers are widely used in parquet renovation projects, and offer much-appreciated durability and ease of maintenance.
A solvent-based floor sealant is a type of protective coating used to seal and protect wooden floors. Solvent-borne" means that the product is based on organic solvents, as opposed to water-based products.
Solvent-based sealers are renowned for their exceptional resistance and durability. They create a solid protective layer on the floor surface, offering excellent protection against wear, scratches and stains. However, they can emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which can cause an unpleasant odour during application and require adequate ventilation. In addition, some solvent-based products may have environmental restrictions due to their VOC emissions.
Despite these drawbacks, solvent-based sealers are still used in some applications where maximum protection and long-term durability are essential, but their use is becoming increasingly limited due to environmental concerns and the growing popularity of water-based products, which emit fewer VOCs.