Regardless of what type of flooring you have painted, it is possible to seal your painted floor – and often recommended that you do so, too.
More often than not, homeowners prefer the appearance of a sealed painted floor, as it will have less chance of getting scuff marks and scratches within its surface.
What’s more, a protected floor will also help to reduce the chances of any bubbling or peeling of the completed paint job underneath, which will help to not only extend the overall life of your flooring but also save you plenty of money along the way, as you won’t need to worry about the costs of repair.
If you’re currently on the fence about whether or not to use one, you should also consider what area of the house your painted flooring is.
For example, if your flooring is in or near a bathroom, then the prolonged exposure to humidity caused by showers and baths will no doubt cause the dried paint across the surface of your flooring to break down and begin to peel over time, even if you have given it enough time to fully dry and cure.
Similarly, if you have a family or even pets, then it is more likely that your painted flooring will become damaged over time due to accidental spills, exposure to the treads of worn shoes, and more, which will ultimately cause the paint to become weathered.
Regardless of location, though, if a pristine and flawless appearance is of particular concern to you, then you will need to use a protective topcoat, otherwise, the painted flooring will no doubt become weathered and worn from day to day life for similar reasons to what we mentioned above.
The same applies to any outdoor flooring that you may have painted, as exposure to external elements such as animals, rain and fluctuating temperatures will inevitably cause the exposed paint to break down and begin to peel, especially if you have painted it on a particularly porous surface, such as concrete.
However, if a weathered look just so happens to be something that you’re looking for, then by all means leave your painted floor unprotected and unsealed, just keep in mind that there is a chance your paint may peel or even bubble, and require you to completely strip the flooring and start over again.
Should I seal my painted floor?
Whether or not you decide to seal your painted floor will ultimately depend on your preferences, how long you want your painted floor to last, as well as what type of look you are going for.
However, for most people, a protective topcoat will be required to seal and protect the completed paint job, as it will help to extend the overall lifespan of the painted floor, while also helping to maintain its original appearance.
Though it is widely recommended that all painted floors should be carefully sealed with a protective topcoat as the final step, this is not always the case, as there are some people who prefer to go without it.
The most common reason for choosing to not use a protective topcoat to seal a painted floor is due to wanting to create a rustic appearance.
By choosing to leave the painted floor unsealed, it means that, regardless of whether it’s situated indoors or outdoors, it means that the paint will not be able to offer resistance against scratching or scuffs that will help to create a worn look.
However, if this rustic vibe is something that you are interested in creating, it is worth keeping in mind that unsealed flooring can be quite costly to replace, especially if the paint bubbles or damages the surface underneath.
Flooring that is situated in an area of the house prone to moisture is at most risk of this, as well as flooring that is kept outdoors due to exposure to the rain.
If you have recently undertaken a flooring paint project (or are planning to soon) then you should consider sealing it with a protective finish.
Just as important as a paint primer, a protective topcoat will help to lock in all of the dried paint beneath in order to extend its life while also increasing the overall durability.
What’s more, protective topcoats are almost always totally transparent, which means that you aren’t going to need to worry about losing the color you have painted onto your flooring or causing it to become a new one.
Plus, if you’re worried about losing the finish of your paint you paint you don’t need to be because protective flooring topcoats and can also be purchased in a range of different finishes, which means that you can choose one that has the same finish as your paint to achieve the exact same look and feel as the unprotected paint.