We all love the look and benefits of hardwood flooring. It’s naturally beautiful, highly durable, comes in a variety of species, and can even increase the value of your home. In recent years, more manufacturers have started creating ready-to-install solid hardwood planks complete with an attractive and highly durable finish. But how do you know know if it’s the right flooring choice for you? Our experts at Floor Coverings International Concord are here to share a few pros and cons of prefinished hardwood flooring.
Pros of Prefinished Hardwood
Durability – Not to be confused with engineered hardwood, prefinished hardwood is made from a solid plank, just like its unfinished alternative. In the factory, an incredibly tough finish is applied using strong chemicals that aren’t available for in-home finishing jobs. This finish is highly durable and typically lasts longer than surfaces finished onsite.
Fast Installation – These hardwood planks come ready to go! Because they are finished in a factory, you don’t need to worry about leaving your home and wait for the finish to dry and odors to dissipate.
Stain Resistance – Thanks to their tough finish, the planks are often more impervious to spills and stains, so you don’t have to worry about installing them in areas like kitchens. They are also great in a home with children and pets!
Cons of Prefinished Hardwood
Construction and Design – Although these planks make a great, solid flooring, the manufacturing process often results in the planks having slightly rounded edges on the finished side. Once installed, these edges create seams that the sealant used in onsite finishes would typically fill. As such, this design might not be for everyone.
Maintenance – Because prefinished flooring is not sanded and sealed onsite, any imperfections in the subflooring may cause minor height differences between individual planks. This, combined with the rounded edges and visible seams, might create extra space for dirt and debris to get trapped that requires more frequent cleaning.
Refinishing and Repair – The durable finish applied during manufacturing will certainly last a long time, however there will come a time when your floors need refinishing. When that day comes, know that such a task might be a bit more tricky due to the tough, prefinished surface, and the added challenge of trying to match the existing stain.
Overall, prefinished hardwood is a great flooring option for many Concord-area homes. Just be sure to enlist the services of a qualified professional for installation. Fortunately, our experts at Floor Coverings International Concord are up to the task! Call us today to schedule a free design consultation and learn more about prefinished and other hardwood flooring solutions!
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