What is the difference between a Lacquered and Oiled Wood Floor?

Lacquered and oiled wood floors are two popular finishes that offer distinct characteristics and benefits. Understanding the difference between them can help you make an informed decision when choosing the right wood flooring option for your space.

Lacquered Wood Flooring: Lacquered wood flooring features a protective layer of lacquer applied to the surface of the wood. This layer creates a durable and hard-wearing finish that helps to protect the wood from scratches, stains, and moisture damage. Lacquered floors often have a glossy or semi-glossy appearance, adding a sleek and polished look to any room. The lacquer also enhances the natural grain and color of the wood, providing a beautiful and long-lasting finish.

Pros of Lacquered Wood Flooring:
  1. Durability: Lacquered floors are highly durable and resistant to wear and tear, making them ideal for high-traffic areas.
  2. Easy Maintenance: The smooth surface of lacquered floors makes them easy to clean and maintain.
  3. Water Resistance: The lacquer coating provides a protective barrier against moisture, making lacquered floors suitable for kitchens, bathrooms, and other moisture-prone areas.
  4. Enhanced Appearance: Lacquered floors have a glossy finish that enhances the natural beauty of the wood, giving them a luxurious and elegant appearance.
Cons of Lacquered Wood Flooring:
  1. Susceptibility to Scratches: While lacquered floors are durable, they may show scratches more easily than oiled floors, especially in high-traffic areas.
  2. Limited Repair Options: Scratches and damage to lacquered floors may be more challenging to repair compared to oiled floors.


Oiled Wood Flooring: Oiled wood flooring involves applying natural oils or hard wax oils to the surface of the wood. These oils penetrate the wood fibers, nourishing and protecting the wood from within. Oiled floors have a matte or satin finish that enhances the natural look and feel of the wood. They provide a more natural and rustic appearance compared to lacquered floors.


Pros of Oiled Wood Flooring:
  1. Natural Look and Feel: Oiled floors retain the natural texture and appearance of the wood, providing a warm and authentic look.
  2. Easy Repair: Scratches and minor damage to oiled floors can often be repaired by reapplying oil to the affected areas.
  3. Moisture Regulation: Oiled floors allow the wood to breathe, regulating moisture levels and preventing warping or cupping.
  4. Renewable Finish: Oiled floors can be easily refreshed by applying additional coats of oil, prolonging their lifespan and beauty.
Cons of Oiled Wood Flooring:
  1. Maintenance Requirements: Oiled floors may require more frequent maintenance, including reapplication of oil to keep them looking their best.
  2. Susceptibility to Stains: Oiled floors may be more prone to staining from spills and liquids compared to lacquered floors.
  3. Longer Drying Time: Oiled floors may require longer drying times after application, which can delay the installation process.


The main difference between lacquered and oiled wood flooring lies in their appearance, durability, and maintenance requirements. Lacquered floors can offer a matt or glossy finish with superior durability and easier maintenance, while oiled floors provide a natural look and feel with easier repair options and moisture regulation. Ultimately, the choice between lacquered and oiled wood flooring depends on your preferences, lifestyle, and the specific requirements of your space.


What’s Next?

Have a browse of our Engineered Wood Flooring section on our website and look through what Ted Todd, V4 and Kährs have to offer. Then I advise visiting one of our showrooms to see a vast selection of our Engineered Wood Flooring flooring in person. As you step into one of our showrooms, you’ll be greeted with a world of possibilities. You can touch and feel the texture, admire the rich colours and truly appreciate the craftsmanship. Our knowledgeable staff is there to provide insights and guidance. It’s the perfect opportunity to explore the diverse range of styles and finishes, ensuring you make an informed decision that will elevate your space.

So why wait?

Don’t hesitate, contact us for any assistance…

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