Many homeowners in the greater Monmouth County area love the look and feel of natural hardwood flooring. Not only is it one of our customer favorites, but it’s also one of our favorites here at Floor Coverings International Monmouth County.
Although hardwood’s popularity is widely agreed on, one area that brings varying opinions is between prefinished hardwood floors, or hardwoods finished on-site. Our flooring team is here to share more about prefinished flooring to help you decide if it’s the right choice for your home.
What is Prefinished Flooring?
Prefinished hardwood flooring, as opposed to flooring that is sanded and finished on-site, has been sanded, stained, and finished in a factory. This process individually readies each flooring plank meaning it’s ready for installation as soon as you purchase it.
Whether you choose prefinished or site finished hardwood flooring comes down to your personal taste and durability needs. Prefinished flooring, some purists say, can never match the beauty of a hardwood floor finished on-site. Others say that a prefinished surface actually improves the final look because sanding and sealing each board individually increases the floor’s uniformity.
In addition to the look, manufacturers like Shaw Floors Inc. have made some incredible advances in prefinished technology. Integrating hardwearing elements like aluminum oxide into the board’s finish, Shaw’s prefinished floors often come with industry-leading warranties.
Solid and Engineered Styles
Prefinished flooring is available in solid wood and engineered versions. Engineered flooring consists of a top layer of natural wood with a layer of plywood underneath, which can provide more stability in climates prone to changes in humidity. They can also be a great choice for below-grade basements, kitchens, and laundry rooms.
No matter what side you choose, it’s hard to ignore the convenience of prefinished flooring. Using wood flooring that has already been finished speeds up flooring installation and limits the disruption to your family’s day-to-day life. It also helps reduce the cost of installation, allowing you to reduce costs or prioritize a higher quality material for your project.
If you’re looking to match an existing hardwood floor, prefinished flooring may not be the best choice.
But if you’re looking for a beautiful hardwood solution with easy installation, prefinished flooring may be perfect for you. Pick out the perfect floor covering today by contacting your local experts at Floor Coverings International Monmouth County to schedule your free design consultation.
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