All about “reactive” stains and “raw” colors
14 Feb 2022
Hardwood flooring industry trends continue to reveal that more and more research is being done to incorporate wood flooring’s natural beauty into design concepts. Hence, some interesting trends emerge.
Among these many recent manufacturing developments, one niche in particular is experiencing strong growth. These technologies are now providing natural or antique appearance floors without, however, affecting the quality of the wood itself. For unparalleled expertise, Preverco is the main supplier of these types of flooring and one of their major advantage is that their production is entirely local.
What’s a Raw Color?
Production of "natural" looking floors is usually achieved by layering different clear varnish coats resulting in a satin finish. However, the sequential application of several varnish layers alters the wooden flooring’s original appearance by increasing contrasting shades and slightly yellowing the wood.
As for them, "Raw" colors do not alter floors in any way, keeping their natural pre-varnishing appearance as much as possible. With very low gloss levels, minimal alteration in color and contrast can be observed.
White Oak Smoked FX - Noblesse Collection
If you’re searching for a natural, rustic look, the matte wood floor finish is as good as it gets. The lack of shine allows you to see the detail of the grain which will give your home a modern and sophisticated feel. With a matte finish, these imperfections will be much less noticeable and blend in with the woodwork. Compared to a shinier floor, a matte finish is more forgiving of the inevitable.
What’s a Reactive Stain?
Reactive Stain is a substance used on a hardwood floor to achieve unique tones and color variations. This process is obtained by the tannins’ reaction, one of the natural elements contained in wood.
Tannic acid is a complex substance that plays a pivotal role in the overall health of the tree. Over time, due to a wide range of environmental factors, these tannins are what change the color of the wood and the primary culprit behind what makes wood age.
Maple Angkor-FX, variation with knots - Noblesse Collection
Reactive stains do not act as a colorant would do, although like conventional dyes, they may contain color pigmentation. Reactive stains can cause discoloration in certain areas of the wood and create darker or lighter contrasts. This effect provides an accelerated natural antique look.
As each plank is unique, reactive stains treated hardwood floors produce deep color undertones that simply cannot be reproduced with traditional staining methods. The different tannin levels influence colors from one production to another and enhancing your wooden floors authentic shine, making your them a unique work of art.
Ready for Your Renos?
Wish to refresh your home with new flooring? Take a look at some of our different wood collections to find the perfect floor and decide for yourself! Order online or contact our in-store experts who will be able to help you see more clearly and guide you through your renovations.