He favors a Satin finish as scratches or imperfections will be far less visible, and the low sheen lasts longer and is easier to maintain. A high gloss wood floor is lovely, but it has a number of disadvantages. We went with his suggestion and chose the Satin finish. There was hardly any odor to the sealing coats. He applied the first coat and it dried one hour. Then the second coat had to dry 3 hours (he left and did an job estimate, Paul and I left for the grocery store). On returning he did a fine sanding of the floor and the third and final sealing coat was applied.
FLOOR FINISHING DONE!! We are pleased with the work of American Hardwood Flooring.
In the pictures below, the color appears different depending on the way the light is shining on the floor and variations with camera settings. Every computer monitor too will show color different.