There are a lot of things that you need to take into account when you’re redoing your floors, but hardwood floors in particular have many considerations when it comes to choosing a flooring and installation. From deciding whether you want solid planks or engineered wood, what species you want, to the length and width of the planks there, are plenty of aesthetic decisions that need to be made. But one other very important consideration is whether or not you want prefinished hardwood floors, and this decision will be very important when it comes to the durability and lifespan of your new flooring. Here are the pros and cons of prefinished hardwood floors, from Floor Coverings International of Hillsborough, NJ.

The Pros of Prefinished Hardwood Floors

  • Prefinished hardwood floors tend to be more durable and longer lasting than site-finished floors. This is because when the planks are prefinished, the factories where they are sealed use extremely powerful chemicals that can’t be applied on site.
  • Because of the strength of prefinished sealers, prefinished hardwood tends to have a longer warranty, with some lasting more than 25 years, vs. the 3-5 years for site-finished hardwoods.
  • Installation is much easier with prefinished hardwoods. Wood that is finished on site has to be sanded and stained in your living room, an extremely messy and cumbersome procedure. Whereas prefinished wood comes to your home ready to install.
  • Prefinished wood tends to be lower maintenance than site-finished wood, so you don’t have to worry as much about stains, moisture, and discoloration due to the strength of the sealants used.

The Cons of Prefinished Hardwood Floors

  • Repairing small parts of your hardwood floors can be much harder with prefinished flooring, even though they are less likely to be damaged. This is because while the damaged spot can be simply sanded down with natural hardwood floors, the entire section has to have the seal sanded off and be refinished with prefinished hardwood floors.
  • The seams between planks can catch dirt and grime more easily with prefinished hardwood floors, since the seal is not applied between planks as when the wood is site finished. This can also lead the seams to be more susceptible to water and moisture damage.
  • There can be some irregularities with the height of prefinished hardwoods, vs. wood that is installed and sanded even on site. Prefinished hardwood floors will reflect any subfloor irregularities because of this.

Now that you know the advantages and disadvantages of prefinished hardwood flooring, you can decide if it’s right for your home. Call Floor Coverings International of Hillsborough for a free consultation today!