Refinished Floors- Oil vs. Water Vs. Green finishes.
My name is Eric and this is my first post. I have recently bought an old 1924 bungalow in Portland Oregon, and have been doing a lot of the work my self. My girl friend and I took the last three days to sand the floors. They are original white oak in the living and dinning rooms and red fir in the bedrooms, and study. I am happy to say that we have done a great job in bring new life these truly beaten up floors but now I’m on to the typical question as to what to finish with? I have been doing some research and talking to friends but I would love to pose the question to the fine woodworking community. We will be applying the finish our selves so for the first time user with no experience with refinishing floors is there a recommended finish? Oil vs. Water. Is Oil that much more durable. If you use a water based poly will I have to refinish the floors in a few years? Finally, I have been doing research of a few new green products, one specifically called Vermont coatings with uses a bi-product of the cheese making process. It has been highly recommended because of its low VOC content but I question its long term durability, further is seemed to be nearly double the price of the common Varlathane water base poly. Hope this is enough to start the ball rolling. Please provide specific finishes if applicable there are just so many coatings out there. Thanks.