When installing new hardwood flooring in a Boise, Meridian, Nampa area home, there are so many things to consider. Here is a quick guide to the benefits of prefinished hardwood flooring to get you started on your next hardwood project, from the team at Floor Coverings International Treasure Valley.
What is Prefinished Hardwood Flooring?
There are a couple of finishing options when it comes to installing new hardwood floors. Unfinished flooring refers to raw wood planks that are installed and then sanded, stained, and sealed onsite. Prefinished hardwood floors, on the other hand, are stained and finished in the factory before arriving on a job site.
Benefits of Prefinished Flooring
Prefinished hardwood flooring has a number of benefits for busy homeowners in Boise. Because the finish is applied and dried in a factory-controlled environment, there is much lower potential for flaws or error to occur with the final finished product.
Flooring that is finished onsite requires multiple layers of protective coating and a 2-3 day air-drying time. Typically, families are asked to vacate the home while the finish is curing, both to help protect the wet floors, and to avoid any health complications from the chemicals used to finish the floor.
Because prefinished floors come finished and do not require any time for sanding or drying, they are quicker and easier to install. You can start walking on your prefinished floors right away. Prefinished floors typically come with a manufacturer’s warranty against board defects and, contrary to popular belief, prefinished floors can be sanded and refinished multiple times after installation.
Drawbacks to Prefinished Flooring
While there are multiple benefits to prefinished hardwood flooring, it isn’t the right option for every job. If you are trying to match an existing hardwood floor, finishing onsite is necessary to ensure you get the correct stain color. Unfinished boards are also less expensive then prefinished initially, although there are finishing costs that need to be taken into account when selecting your new floor.
If you are ready to learn more about hardwood flooring options, contact our team at Floor Coverings International Treasure Valley. We will come to you in the Boise, Meridian, Nampa area with our mobile showroom so you can browse samples and ask questions in the comfort of your own home.
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