When professionals install hardwood flooring they have two choices: finished or unfinished.
Unfinished hardwood must be sanded, stained, and sealed after installation. Prefinished hardwood has already been stained and sealed. This makes the hardwood very durable and makes the installation much faster.
Benefits of Prefinished Hardwood
There are several benefits to opting to use prefinished hardwoods.
- The faster installation means you spend less money on labor costs.
- You also get the use of your room much quicker because you don’t have to wait for coats of finish to dry.
- There is no residual odor from sealants and stains.
- The floors are easier to maintain and are less prone to taking on blemishes.
- You won’t have to refinish the floors as often.
In short, it’s a fantastic way to get a beautiful hardwood floor for less.
Do keep the shape of the wood in mind. Prefinished planks come with beveled edges. If you want the more traditional look you’ll want to go with unfinished hardwoods.
Your Prefinished Hardwood Installation
There are some things an installer has to account for when creating a prefinished floor. For example, the seams of the floor aren’t factory-sealed. In addition, prefinished hardwood installations can’t hide subfloor flaws. That’s why it’s very important to hire a handyman who will pay attention to the state of your subfloor and make recommendations before the work begins.
It’s also even more vital to have a solid installation on the first try when you opt for prefinished hardwood. This is because these floors are more difficult to repair than their unfinished counterparts. Mistakes can be very costly and time-consuming in the future.
Fortunately, all of our guys have over ten years of flooring experience and are professionals who take pride in their work. We get it done right the first time.
You don’t have to let cost stop you from enjoying gleaming hardwood floors every day.