There are distinct differences between pre-finished hardwood flooring and site-finished hardwood flooring.
Many people often wonder what the real difference between prefinsished hardwood flooring and site finished hardwood flooring. Below we will discuss the pros and cons of prefinsihed wood floors and site finished hardwood floors.
For people who may not know exactly what we are talking about here lets do a little hardwood flooring 101. Prefinished hardwood flooring is solid hardwood or engineered hardwood that comes out of the box with a finish already applied. The installer simply installs according to the manufacturers recommendations. Once the prefinsihed wood floors are in place the job is done and they are ready to be used by the homeowner.
Site finished hardwood flooring comes out of the box as an unfinished piece of raw wood. Unfinished wood comes in both solid and engineered. The installer will then lay the floors down as required by the flooring manufacturer. Once the floors are down the installer will then sand the floors to make all the edges flush with each other. Once the sanding is completed on the unfinished hardwood floors, the installer will then stain the floors to the desired color. Once the stain is applied, the installer will then apply sever coats of polyurethane.
Now that we know what the difference is lets talk about the pros and cons of each.
One of the great things about prefinished hardwood flooring is that it is very simple to install. The simple installation makes prefinished wood floors a great choice for people looking to install their hardwood floors themselves.
Another great thing about prefinished floors is that they usually come with finishes that will last longer than most site finished hardwood floors. This is because flooring manufacturers can apply aluminum oxide as well as polyurethane in the factory. Aluminum oxide makes the floors more resistant to scratches.
Prefinished hardwood flooring also has the ability to have more textures applied to them. These textures on the hardwood floors can range from basic handscraping techniques to other more intense distressing techniques.
One of the major benefits of a site finished hardwood floor is the fact that it can be done as a completely smooth floor without any beveling. This gives the floors a very traditional look and feel.
Another good thing about site finished floors is that the home or business owner can choose exactly the color tone they want for the floors. This is the case because the installer can create a personalized formula for the stain mixture.
One of the draw backs about a site finished floor is that it is a long and complicated project, especially if the homeowner lives in the house while the are doing it. If the whole house is being done the homeowner usually has to move their things into storage pods in their driveway. Many times homeowners may even have to move into a hotel while the floors are being finished. Depending on the size of the project a site finish of an entire house could take a week or more.
Another drawback of site finished floors is that the finish can only be polyurethane. While there are some pretty durable polyurethanes on the market today they don’t hold a candle to factory finished aluminum oxide finishes. Most site finished floors will have to be refinished in about 10 years or less depending on the homeowner’s lifestyle.
The only real draw back to prefinished hardwood flooring is that there are just so many colors and styles to choose from in every simpleFLOORS showroom.