Prefinished hardwood flooring has become a popular option among Bozeman homeowners in recent years, and there are many benefits to consider. Learn more about the pros and cons of this installation option from the team at Floor Coverings International Bozeman.
Benefits of Prefinished Hardwood Flooring
One of the biggest benefits of prefinished hardwood flooring is the quick and easy installation process. You do not have to vacate your home while the flooring is finished, sealed, and dried on site. Prefinished flooring is sanded, stained and sealed in a factory offsite, and it’s ready for immediate installation when it arrives at your home.
Prefinished hardwood flooring often costs less than unfinished hardwood since the labor costs are reduced with factory finishing. Prefinished floors are also highly durable making this a great option for high traffic areas and homes with children or pets.
Drawbacks to Prefinished Flooring
The benefits of prefinished flooring make it a great choice for many homeowners, however there are some important drawbacks to consider before getting started.
Prefinished hardwoods are difficult to repair if they are damaged during installation. With unfinished wood, scratches and dents can be filled in the finishing process, but with prefinished hardwood, the entire floorboard needs to be replaced if it’s damaged onsite.
Similarly, prefinished floorboards are harder to refinish when the boards become damaged or aged over time. It’s not impossible to refinish this flooring, but the multiple layers of urethane that are applied during manufacturing are very difficult to sand down to reach the raw wood. Unfinished hardwood is not treated as thoroughly when installed onsite and is therefore easier to refinish in the future.
Finally, if you have a custom job in mind for your flooring, prefinished hardwood may not be an option. It is very difficult to match existing hardwoods with prefinished planks, and some plank widths and unusual wood species are not available in prefinished boards.
The experts at Floor Coverings International Bozeman are ready to help you discover if prefinished hardwood flooring is right for your home. Contact our team for a free in-home design consultation today.
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