Prefinished hardwood floors today are chosen more
site finished floors. Reasons are listed and explained below:
|• Finishes are more durable
|• No waiting. Move furniture right away
|• Micro bevels?
|• Large number of design ideas
|• Simple maintenance and care
Finishes Are More Durable
Prefinished hardwood floor finishes are superior
to sand and finish in place floors. Reasons being, they are applied
in controlled manufacturing environments where airborne particles are
Typical prefinished floors contain seven and
upwards of ten coats of finish whereas site finished floors are
common at two or three. Furthermore, newer finish technologies
containing aluminum oxide and other proprietary names of similar
content cannot be successfully applied on site with sand in place
Keep in mind prefinished floors with aluminum
oxide finishes will scratch just as much as others. The
underlying case salespeople do not tell you about these types of
floors is the finishes are only resistant to wear.
No Waiting. Move Furniture Right Away
With prefinished floors there is no waiting time.
Once the floor is installed, furniture
(1) can be moved back in. Site finished floors need time to cure and
harden. Without doing so, floors will scratch much easier. Oil based
finishes will require a longer curing time over water based
finishes. Odors will be prevalent for weeks with oil based finishes
where water based will not.
Micro bevels are common with practically all
prefinished floors. Many ask, why do they make these types of
floors? The answer lies in the manufacturing process. It is
extremely difficult to manufacture a floor that will look similar to
a sanded and finished in place one. Hence, manufacturers cut a
chamfer on the edges of the boards to mask any imperfections. Depth
and sizes will vary from one manufacturer to the next. See our
board edge type descriptions.
Minor imperfections in
overwood during the milling process prevents prefinished
floors from being sold as a true square edge. Sure, you may see some
descriptions on our site that actually indicate they are square
edge, but looked at closely once installed you will see an overwood
There are a
select handful of manufacturers we offer that can duplicate a site
finished appearance in engineered only . They include:
Large Number Of Design Ideas
Since the turn of the century choices in
prefinished flooring have grown enormously, but you won't find them
at your average carpet store.
Scraped/Distressed floors are the current rage in Southwest
Florida along with wide plank flooring.
Simple Maintenance and Care
Gone are the days of actually waxing and buffing
hardwood floors. With prefinished hardwood floors simple
care and maintenance is all that
is needed. We provide a complete line of floor care materials
With direct gluedown prefinished floors a
24 hour waiting period is advised for the adhesives to cure and
bond. Failure to do so may cause boards to separate from one