The planks used in hardwood flooring are traditionally installed as unfinished, then stained and finished after they are in place. Prefinished flooring, however, is becoming increasingly more popular among homeowners looking for a more rustic look to their homes.
Below are some of the advantages of prefinished hardwood flooring:
Durability: When finishing treatment is applied to the wooden planks, it creates a durable seal on the wood that isn’t always possible with planks finished after installation. This is because the finishing treatment contains aluminum oxide crystals within a UV-cured urethane coating.
Installation: Installing prefinished hardwood is much easier than installing hardwood flooring that still needs to be coated with finishing treatment. Sanding the planks can fill the room with wood dust that needs to be cleaned, and some finishes can leave an unpleasant, lingering odor. When planks are prefinished, the new hardwood floor is ready to go!
Maintenance: Since the seal on the planks is much stronger when applied at the manufacturing facility, maintenance of prefinished flooring becomes a breeze. Often, these planks are more resistant to stains, moisture, and other discolorations than unfinished planks and the treatment will generally last much longer.
If you are interested in engineered hardwood flooring in Pittsburgh, PA, contact Flooring Discounters Pittsburgh today by calling (412) 287-8251. Feel free to stop by our store to view all of our available flooring options in person as well.