Prefinished Hardwood Flooring
Prefinished hardwood flooring is sanded and finished in the factory and arrive to us and in your home “installation-ready” which can save hours of time on installation and clean-up. This flooring option is available in an array of styles, textures, and colors which makes customization easy and affordable.
Prefinished hardwood is extremely durable. When the floors are finished in the factory they apply a very tough and durable, commercial use an only coating which is not accessible to on-site installers. The factory finish contains multiple layers of an aluminum-oxide-infused polyurethane and is cured under UV lights. Prefinished floors offer warranties of up to 25 years, as opposed to warranties of 3 to 5 years for unfinished hardwood flooring.
Since there is no wait time for the coating to dry, you can walk on your floors the same day they’re installed. Additionally, prefinished hardwood can be installed in about one-third the time of an unfinished wood installation. Most prefinished floors come with beveled edges. This can hide minor unevenness in the sub-floor and protects the finish from chipping while installing. If you choose to go with the bevel-less “square-edged” flooring which looks more like unfinished hardwood, you will need to be sure that your sub-floor is completely level to avoid any exposed edges. My Flooring Guy can help you with this process as well.
Due to the factory finish, prefinished hardwood floors are more stain-resistant than unfinished hardwood floors. If you do decide at some point that you want to change the color or hardwood refinishing on your floors, you can do that as well. The process requires sanding the floors to remove the finish applied by the factory followed by basic on-site finishing techniques to treat the unfinished wood floors. Note that this limits the number of times that you can refinish your floors. Since you have to sand down further to remove the coating and reach the unfinished hardwood again, this will cut into the thickness of the floor.
Maintenance and Cleaning
Sweep your prefinished hardwood floors regularly to avoid dirt and dust build up. This can chafe or scratch the coating layer. If you choose to vacuum, do so with a soft brush attachment. Avoid soaps with oil, as this breaks down the finish and attracts grit onto your floors. Instead, mop with a microfiber cloth with a high-quality cleaner specified by the manufacturer. You can also remove scratches with a manufacturer’s touch-up kit. If you have pets inside the house, it is recommended that you sweep and treat your floors more frequently to keep them in the best condition possible.