Coating options for refinishing a wood floor include urethane, varnish, paste wax and varnish. Lacquer and shellac can also be used for finishing wood floors.
Multiple types of urethane coatings are available for wood floors, including water-based, oil-based and moisture-cured versions. The oil-based urethane is more common than the others. It is easy to apply and uses synthetic resin and petroleum. It provides a moisture-resistant finish. Paste wax is an older finish, but is still commonly used as an affordable option that helps provide a great sealant for wood floors. While lacquer and some varnishes are not often recommended, they are still used in some instances.