When getting hardwood floors installed or refinished you have to decide what kind of sheen you want for your floors to display. Sheen is the level of gloss or shine that your floor reflects. Often times this is measured at the amount of sheen reflected at 60 degrees since this is the degree you are normally looking at the floor at. There are 4 different levels of sheen including: glossy, semi-gloss, satin and matte.
Now selecting the level of sheen you want depends on your preferences. The trend has shifted towards more satin and matte finishes and away from more glossy finishes. Why you may ask? There are several reasons that we’ll go into as we look deeper into these different finishes and what they produced.
Glossy finishes reflect at 75% or higher so it’s very shiny. Gloss used to be in as many people liked the sleek look of gloss. However, the sleek gloss look also brings with it an accentuation of everything on the floor. Glossy floors do a bad job of covering up scratches and dirt. Rather than hide messes, it helps to highlight it, making it harder to take care of your floors. There are several reason why the trend has shifted, but that is one of the more practical reasons people have traded in their gloss for more muted options.
Semi-gloss finishes reflect at about 55%-70%. It is not as intense as glossy, but still carries that sleekness that most people are wanting when they lean towards glossy finishes. It still needs to be cleaned more often and taken care off to keep scuff marks off the ground and take away the dirt since it doesn’t do a good job of hiding imperfections on the floor.
Satin floors have become a more popular option for homeowners. Satin floors reflect at about 40%-50%. It is preferred because it does not emphasize the normal wear and tear that hardwood floors go through. It is less reflective so it does not take away from the look and feel of the hardwood floors. The trend is moving towards more natural floors and as people prefer more authentic looks they are moving further away from the gloss to more muted gloss levels.
The last type of sheen is matte which has the least amount of luster at 25%. Previously matte floors were seen as dull and boring, but there has been a shift as it has become a bit more popular. It fits well with those who like the rustic look and want more natural looking floors.
If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to your local hardwood flooring company. We’d be happy to help answer any questions you have.