water base gives a cold feeling, it won’t conflict with the stained color
2. Which looks better?
All depends on the finished colour range, water base coating is more suitable for ligher range colours, such as white washed, gray tone, reactive stain, makes surface as in a cold colour range condition. On the other hand, warm serie colours like browm or smoked floor, oiled finish is a better chose and they will never be out of fashion natural look of maple. Oil-based polyurethane will turn a light amber color with age whereas water-based stays clear. If you want to preserve the creamy-white look of maple, for instance, use waterborne polyurethane.
3. Which lasts longer?
Due to the low VOC, water base lasts shorter than oiled base finish, water-base polyurethane is very thin, 4-5 times coating’s effects is the same as 3 time oiled base polyurethane. As for durability, the oiled-based polyurethane is still the standard for performance.