At Monarch Plank, we believe that a floor finish should enhance the natural beauty of the wood, not cover it. Many of our collections are coated with European oil finishes, which penetrate into the wood to become an integral part of it, rather than forming an artificial barrier on top. For those who prefer a more maintenance free floor, we are also proud to offer several collections of flooring coated with a matte urethane finish that mimics the look of oil, but requires less care.
Monarch Plank has been a leader in the use of advanced coloring techniques. Some of our most complex colors start with smoked or carbonized wood, where the wood color is changed from within before applying anything to it. Other floors are colored with products that create color by interacting with the natural compounds (tannins) in the wood. These ‘reactive stains’ provide a natural richness and variation that cannot be achieved with the pigments used in most stains and oils. Reactive stains can also be used to create antique effects that look truly authentic, giving the floors a time-worn appeal that is otherwise impossible to replicate. Because our unique coloring processes interact with rather than hiding the natural variation of the wood, each floor is uniquely its own and cannot be duplicated.
Monarch Plank floors come in a wide variety of textures, including wire-brushed, hand-brushed, sand-blasted, and hand-scraped options. If you have a texture in mind that you don’t see among our standard collections, the master craftsmen in our California factory can texture your Monarch Plank ‘Finished-to-Order’ flooring to exactly your specifications.