What You Need to Know About Prefinished Hardwood Flooring
Decisions. Decisions. Like any other decorating project, redoing a room with genuine hardwood flooring always starts with paring down a long list of options. Hmmm . . . do I want light or dark hardwood? Oak, maple, walnut, hickory. . . or maybe Brazilian cherry? Traditional or wide plank? Beveled or square edge?
And just when you thought you checked off that last option . . . . Prefinished or unfinished hardwood?
Homeowners often ask What are the advantages of prefinished hardwood flooring? Prefinished hardwood flooring has many benefits, so let’s review the list of what you need to know!
Benefits of Prefinished Hardwood Flooring
Prefinished hardwood flooring comes ready to be installed. There’s no dust from sanding, no fumes from stains and finishes, and with no waiting for the finish to dry, your new floor is ready to walk on in about a day.
Prefinished hardwood flooring has a multi-coat urethane finish that is applied at the factory. Carefully controlled production ensures that the finish is uniformly applied and cured, so it’s not only consistently smooth but also longer lasting.
With a factory-applied, durable finish, prefinished hardwood floors are warranted to last longer – typically 5 to 35 years versus 3 to 5 years for site-finished floors.
Prefinished hardwood floor boards cost more than unfinished boards, but you’ll more than make up the difference by avoiding time-intensive labor costs for installing, sanding and finishing on site.
If you’re the kind of homeowner who doesn’t want to rearrange your household for up to two weeks while a noisy, disruptive installation is underway, then a prefinished hardwood floor is the right choice for you.
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