The Advantages of Prefinished Hardwood Flooring

If you are thinking about installing prefinished hardwood flooring, there are things to know about the flooring.

Prefinished hardwood flooring is basically hardwood flooring with a factory finish. Finishing treatments are applied to the hardwood to protect them against things like stains, discolorations and water penetration. The treatments are often applied to the wood after it has been installed on the subfloor. However, manufacturers will sometimes treat the wood with finishing agents before shipping the material.

Prefinished hardwood flooring is often faster and easier to install. There are other benefits as well:

Factory-applied finishes are often much tough and last longer. That extra durability means the flooring usually has a longer warranty. The durability is achieved in the way the wood is treated. When the factory applies the finish treatment, powerful sealers are applied. This often consists of aluminum oxide crystals embedded in a UV-cured urethane coat. Factory-applied treatments will often have warranties of between five and 25 years.

There may also be less maintenance involved with prefinished hardwood flooring. The surface seal of these floors is very strong. Since this helps protects the floors from stains and discolorations, the floors usually require less cleaning. There is also less chance the floors will need to be refinished a few years after installation.

Another big plus to prefinished hardwood flooring is installation. It is quicker and easier to install prefinished hardwood flooring than other types of flooring that require a process of sanding and staining at the installation location.

Choose a hardwood provider that can deliver many of the most popular prefinished hardwood flooring species. You should be able to choose from woods like hickory, maple, cherry and different types of oak.


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