3 Reasons to Choose Pre-finished Hardwood Floors

by Beaver Carpet on October 22, 2015

3 Reasons to Choose Pre-Finished Hard Wood FloorsThere are both pros and cons to selecting pre-finished vs unfinished hardwood floors. With many consumers considering DIY projects in order to save money, the question can be asked, “Why choose pre-finished hardwood floors?”

Manufacturers who apply finishing treatments to hard woods do so in order to protect them from stains, discolorations and water penetration. These treatments are either applied after the wood is applied to the subfloor or before shipping the material.

There are advantages to consider if you choose a pre-finished hardwood:

  1. Durability: Hardwoods can be a more costly choice, so you want to make sure they will last. Pre-finished floors are more durable because of the powerful chemical sealers, which are applied by commercial processes not available to on site installers. Typically this consists of aluminum oxide crystals embedded in a UV cured urethane coat. While site applied finishes warranty for 3-5 years, factory applied treatments will often have warranties of 5-25 years or more according to Joseph Lewitin, flooring expert.
  2. Easy to Install: There is value in saving time and messiness. Putting down pre-finished floors allows you to avoid the labor-intensive process of staining and sanding the wood yourself. You are also subject to the odor and residue being in the air and throughout your home as the floors dry and cure if you do it yourself.
  3. Maintenance: Pre-finished floors have already been stained, sealed and are ready for care-free maintenance. Lewitin tells us, “They tend to be slightly more impervious to stains, moisture, and other discolorations than floors that are finished on site.” Let’s not forget that because of the factory seals, they are more durable so it will be longer before you are faced with refinishing.

While there are some advantages to doing it yourself, as with anything you must weigh the pros and cons. There is no doubt that pre-finished hardwoods have important and compelling reasons to be considered over un-finished hardwoods. As with anything having to do with flooring, it’s all a matter of personal preference, available time and money.

To read more: https://flooring.about.com/od/Flooring-Pros-And-Cons/a/The-Advantages-And-Disadvantages-Of-Prefinished-Hardwood-Floors.htm

 

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