Varnishes for parquet, parquet glazers (sealer). These two terms are often used when you are looking for ways to protect a wooden floor. They raise a lot of questions and it becomes difficult to know what to choose between sealer and parquet varnish. To help you understand this, we will explain the characteristics of these two terms. You will also see if there are any differences between varnished and sealed parquet.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A PARQUET VARNISH AND A SEALER?
There are some small differences between parquet varnish and parquet glazer. The varnish is composed of resins. It gives your wood a smooth appearance. It helps to protect your wooden floor, but it is not the most effective way to make your floor the most resistant to shocks.
The glazer is similar to varnish but its composition is slightly different. Due to its use on the floor, harder and more efficient resins are used. Often these are high quality polyurethane resins. The term sealer (glazer) is a term used for products that are more for professional use. It is often referred to as a single or two-component sealer. In fact, the sealer can be combined with a so-called "hardener" additive added just before application to the wood, hence the term two-component sealer. It gives a harder finish than varnish or single-component sealer. On the other hand, this hardener element is very toxic and, although it is reserved for professional use, it will disappear.
The glazer is a product that is particularly suitable for protecting wooden floors that are subject to daily aggressions such as trampling. The odour of the parquet vitrification is generally odourless. For example, Parquet Glazer VP500 is odourless after drying. The Parquet Sealer can be applied to protect raw, waxed, oiled or antique wooden floors. For waxed, oiled or antique wooden floors, you must sand and seal the wooden floor. To promote the adhesion of the sealer on your wooden floor and maximise the benefits of your product, we recommend that you apply an undercoat, the Special Primer For Parquet PSP400. If you wish to protect an oak floor, use a Anti-Tanins Primer PAT400. This primer will prevent tannins from rising, which can cause black stains on the surface of your wooden floor.
In conclusion, there is not much difference between glazing and varnish. The glazer is a parquet varnish formulated with a high-performance, high-hardness resin, specially adapted for use on floors.
Sealing or varnishing your floor?
When we talk about vitrification of a wooden floor, we are talking about applying a glazer to the wooden floor and not a parquet varnish. However, vitrification is often associated with the application of a parquet varnish. Indeed, most manufacturers use the term parquet varnish because it is more meaningful for the general public. The term parquet sealer (glazer) is more evocative for professionals. So, when you see a parquet varnish it is the general public term for parquet sealer. Finally, parquet varnish and parquet sealer are products with the same purpose but called differently depending on the target audience. The important thing is to find out about the quality of the product. For our part, we call our product Parquet Glazer VP500 because we formulate it with high-performance resins dedicated to floor use and we want to make professional quality products available to private individuals.
Sealing or varnishing a parquet floor is like protecting your wooden floor. To protect a parquet floor from water, varnishing a parquet floor creates a film on the surface of the wood in order to waterproof your wood. Your wooden floor will be permanently protected from stains, water and scratches. Varnishing or sealing a wooden floor will protect it effectively. When you are asked: what is the difference between a varnished or vitrified parquet floor? You can answer: none! The parquet floor is protected. To find out more about vitrification of a parquet floor, you can read our article : How to seal a parquet floor? .