Purchasing a wood floor can be a complicated process, especially if it is your first time.  There are so many industry-specific terms and unique products that salespeople talk about, that a lack of understanding those terms could possibly prevent you from making the right choice for your wood flooring project.  One of these products that we get asked about a lot here in our showroom is Aluminum Oxide; what is it? And how does it protect the wood?

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Aluminum Oxide, also known as Alumina, is a chemical compound of aluminum and oxygen, and is commonly used in the production of aluminum metal.  The overall hardness, insoluble nature, and an extremely high melting point make Aluminum Oxide essential in a number of applications including electrical insulation, composite fibers, and medical applications such as joint and hip replacements.

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It is also utilized in finishes for hardwood flooring; at the factory level, coats of polyurethane are applied to the wood, and aluminum oxide particles are added, increasing the strength and durability of the finish.  Adding the compound will increase the resistance to scratches, as well general wear and tear.  Many manufacturers have begun to use it, and finish warranties have increased by as much as 15-25 years as a result.  With aluminum oxide finished floors, clean up and floor maintenance is simple and straightforward, overall hardness and scratch resistance are increased, and you get a beautiful, timeless, and durable hardwood floor that you and your family can enjoy for years to come.