Our Finishes

There's a reason why 95% of our planks are sold prefinished. We do it all by hand and pay attention to details better than anyone else making prefinished planking today. To get the beautiful deep finishes that we offer, we use the best top finishes and wood stain colors in Colmar, Pennsylvania, that you can buy. This is no place to spare a few dollars. See "Choose the Right Finish" for a candid write-up about what to expect from each finish type. Our new "Weathered" finishes (see detail #3 below) are quickly becoming one of our most popular choices for rustic flooring. Each coat is painstakingly applied by hand in our shop.

1. European Natural Oil

No Stain - Recommended on Any Hardwood Species We Offer.

Our European Natural Oil Finish is a great improvement over tung oil and is one of the most beautiful and environmentally safe finishes in the world. This oil is a microporous finish that penetrates and becomes part of the wood. It is not a wear coat and therefore cannot chip, crack, or peel. Photos don't do it justice.

Imported from Germany, where strict environmental standards have been in place for decades, this hard-wax oil consists of thistle oil, sunflower oils, natural vegetable oils, carnauba wax, candallila wax, and special hardeners. On unstained oak, it ages to a beautiful golden color that resists stains, wine, alcohol, and water. It never needs complete refinishing. More accurately, it only requires occasional maintenance, which includes easy application of a cleaner wax or the original oil if necessary to restore the original finish to new condition. It can be spot repaired perfectly and easily. This is the easiest floor to live with if you have an active household (i.e. kids and pets). It's so good that we offer a lifetime warranty against chipping, peeling, or cracking.

2. Woodtone Stains in Solid Colors

Woodtone stains add an extra dimension of color to the finish and enhance the graining and character of the planks. We use special wiping stains that allow us to control the penetration and patina of the colors. Their colors are derived from solid pigments, which resist fading far better than cheaper stains using dyes.

Light Colors Medium Colors Dark Colors
Barn Wash GrayBarn Wash Gray Tavern BrownTavern Brown


Saddle LeatherSaddle Leather Royal Mahogany
Royal Mahogany
Moorish Teak
Moorish Teak
Coastal Brown
Coastal Brown
Black Onyx
Black Onyx

3. "Weathered" Finishes

For an Aged, Farmhouse Style (Rustic White Oak Only).

This aged style began a few years ago with our Blackened Farmhouse Planks for a customer who wanted a more aged look than either the natural oil by itself or any of our solid color stains. We started with rustic white oak planks stained with Black Onyx, then sanded off all of the surface color to highlight just the grain and distressing. After adding a bit of deeper brushing, we finished them with three coats of the European oil finish. The result was a floor unlike any we had produced thus far, and featured a rich texture and an oiled surface with a black background in the grain and knots.

We now offer any of our solid colors in the weathered style. We can apply this weathered style to any of our solid colors or we can mix background colored planks for a fantastic Calico design. This makes a great floor for a beach house, loft, or anywhere that you want the look of reclaimed planking without the exorbitant expense. It is also good for pets and active households.

Popular Weathered Finishes
Weathered Brown
Weathered Brown Planks
Weathered Rosewood
Weathered Rosewood Planks
Weathered Coastal Brown
Weathered Coastal Brown Planks
Weathered Coastal Gray
Weathered Coastal Gray Planks
Weathered Mocha Planks
Weathered Mocha Planks

4. Durable Top Coats

Choose from Two Durable Top Coats to Finish Off Stained or Weathered Planks.

European Natural Oil Top Coats

This is the most historic-looking flooring we offer. It yields a more natural-looking plank that will show “character marks” and signs of aging more than any other finish. It is a magnificent recreation of colonial flooring. The hand-rubbed oil and wood-tone stain colors will deepen over time, further enhancing the character of the finish. Almost every floor we've sold for homes that are more than 200 years old has been the oil finish over stained or weathered planking.

Commercial Polyurethane Top Coats

Our Commercial Polyurethane (Basic Streetshoe XL) is a clear, UV-resistant, durable finish. A two-part catalyzed coating, it is one of the best commercial finishes available anywhere in the world. It is used extensively in homes, restaurants, shopping malls, and gymnasiums throughout the world, and it is the finish used in the US Olympic Training Center and in The Sydney Opera House.

We offer polyurethane in Satin or Super Matte (the most historic look in polyurethane that adds depth with virtually no sheen). Two coats of polyurethane are hand-applied over a coat of catalyzed sealer to ensure proper adhesion. We also finish all edges, ends, and bottoms of the planks for stability.

Contact our staff to learn more about our wood stain colors. Based in Colmar, Pennsylvania, we provide flooring to clients nationwide.