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What is prefinished hardwood flooring?

What is prefinished hardwood flooring?

A finish is a protective cover or a layer of coat that seals hardwood floors from getting any damage or stains. Prefinished hardwood flooring refers to the floors that have coats applied during manufacturing of the floors. In other words prefinished hardwood flooring is also known as factory-applied finish which is of course faster, easier and performs better over time. The protective coats are applied and then the floors are left for some time to dry. The floors are coated with aluminum oxide urethane to keep the wood floorings durable and to preserve its color. These prefinished hardwood floors are scratch resistant as well as stain resistant.


There are several advantages of installing prefinished hardwood floorings. Some of the advantages are as follows. First of all it takes less time to install as the floorings are all ready to be installed. Secondly no drying or curing time is required. Also no strong odors or dust from sanding during installation. These prefinished hardwood floors comes with warranty against any defects, hence it can be repaired by the company itself. Most importantly these prefinished floors can be refinished multiple times and no need for the families to be relocated during finishing.


Unfinished hardwood flooring comes in its natural state which means that everything from sanding, staining to finishing has to be done after the installation. Obviously this takes a lot of time and is also not very convenient. However there are some advantages of installing unfinished hardwood flooring. First of all these unfinished floors are easier to match the interior decoration of the house. Secondly it becomes easier for the installer to do customized elements. Also there are some wood species that are only available for unfinished hardwood flooring. Most importantly unfinished hardwood flooring is less expensive than prefinished hardwood flooring.


There is a wide range of variety of colors available for prefinished hardwood flooring. Some of the most commonly preferred colors are as follows. American cherry which is a deep reddish brown color, clear beech color which has a natural pinkish yellow tone, walnut which is a rich natural chocolate brown color, Ash which also has a shade of creamy white, red oak with different shades of red and one of the most commonly used is white oak which produces a warm green-gray color.