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Choosing Your Hardwood Floor's Gloss Level

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What gloss level do you want in your hardwood?
When you buy a hardwood, you deserve to love every last detail. Choosing your floor's gloss level--also called luster--is one of those details.  The decision can make a big difference in the overall look of your room.

Shaw provides you with a variety of gloss level options so you can find the perfect reflection of what you envisioned.

Here’s the luster-level low-down:

100% gloss—the highest level of shine possible.  In actuality, you won't find 100% gloss floors, but if you did, it would be such a high gloss that it would be like a mirror.

50% gloss—a high sheen. Gloss levels from 50% to 100% have very pronounced sheen and create a sleek, modern result. A high gloss tends to be more formal. The higher the gloss, the more you can see any marks, scuffs, or scratches.

15% gloss—a very low luster.  This look is very popular today and gives the appearance of European oil-rubbed finishes. Because low gloss options tend to hide marks, scuffs, or scratches, they make excellent options for high-traffic areas and homes with kids and pets. 

As mentioned above, low luster floors mimic the increasingly popular, European-inspired look of oil-rubbed floors. Truly having an oil-rubbed finish is very high maintenance and time consuming.  But with the low-gloss, high-style finish option from Shaw, you can achieve the same look with minimal maintenance!

One thing’s certain—whether the gloss level is low or high, your hardwood floor from Shaw will be beautiful, durable, and highly fashionable!