Hardwood flooring can give a warm and welcoming feeling to any home in the Plano area. However, there is a lot to consider when selecting hardwood floors, including whether prefinished planks or finishing on site is right for you. Learn more about the advantages and disadvantages of selecting prefinished flooring from our team at Floor Coverings International Plano.
What is Prefinished Hardwood?
Hardwood flooring can be obtained as prefinished boards directly from the manufacturer. The manufacturer applies the finishing treatments to the wood in the factory, ensuring the coating is even and thoroughly cured. The prefinished planks will have all the desired stains, coatings and sealants to make it a durable product that will last for many years. Then, the flooring is shipped to the home so it can be quickly installed.
Pros to Prefinished Hardwood Flooring
The major advantage to getting prefinished hardwood flooring for your Plano home is that it can be installed and walked on immediately. You won’t need the installers to sand and apply the finishing coat, and your family won’t have to wait for the flooring to cure or dry. There is less of a mess to deal with in the home, and you don’t have to endure the lingering odor of the finishing treatment.
Another major advantage is that manufacturers can apply commercial-grade finishing sealers in a very thick coating to the top of the hardwood planks, which often come with a 5-year to 25-year warranty depending on the manufacturer. The sealing coat in on-site installation is typically much thinner and therefore more prone to scratches or other damage.
Cons to Prefinished Hardwood Flooring
Many of the disadvantages to prefinished hardwood flooring appear during the installation and repair phases for this product. During installation, the prefinished hardwood will be placed on the subfloor of the room. If the subfloor is uneven, there may be height irregularities across the prefinished hardwood flooring. This is less of an issue with flooring that is finished on site because the hardwood flooring can be sanded down to an even height before the finish is applied.
Another disadvantage involves repairing and refinishing this flooring material. While prefinished hardwood flooring can be refinished numerous times, the applied sealer coating can be very thick and it makes the sanding process difficult and time-consuming.
Lastly, it can be difficult to repair a single board that has become scratched or dented. Most homeowners simply cannot do the same sealer application as the manufacturer, and the entire board will likely need to be replaced. The only other option to fixing the damaged plank is to refinish the entire floor in the space.
Prefinished hardwood flooring has many advantages and disadvantages for homeowners in Plano. Consider your flooring preferences, budget, and installation timeframe to decide if this flooring option is right for you. Our team at Floor Coverings International Plano can help. We’ll come to you with our mobile showroom for an in-home design consultation to display samples and answer any further questions you may have about hardwood flooring.
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