Choosing Between Pre Finished and Site Finished Flooring

Choosing Between Pre Finished and Site Finished Flooring
August 3, 2018

With many pre finished options as well as  traditional site finishing it can be a little overwhelming. We're here to go through the details, pros and cons of the choices and why one may be better than the other for certain situations.

Reclaimed Rustic Oak Floor - Clear UV Finish
Reclaimed Rustic Oak Floor - Clear UV Finish

A properly maintained wood floor and its protective finish can last decades. It is for this reason that it is important to know what finish options are available and how your environment and lifestyle impact the life of the finished product. Todays finish technology has made it possible to enjoy the look and feel of a site finished floor directly from the manufacturer and as a result save time and money.

Timeless character enhanced with natural finish
Coastal Collage Enhanced With Natural Finish
A Floor You Can Live On
A floor you can live on

In the past a factory finished floor resulted in a thick high gloss finish that resembled a layer of thick plastic on top of the wood surface. As a result, the finish was next to impossible to repair and showed scratches, dents, and dings. Today's available options provide a factory finished product that carries the same properties of traditional European finishes featuring easy maintenance and reparability as well as a much desired low sheen natural appearance.

Traditional Walnut Wood Flooring
Add Warmth With Natural Walnut Floors
Wide Plank European White Oak
European White Oak Provides Light tones & Distinct Character

It is unlikely that you will be in search of the perfect wood floor and not come across the term UV finish.  This term is used when a factory applied finish has inhibitors that allow the finish to bond to the wood as it passes under a set of UV light. As a result, the finish is locked and cured instantly before it arrives at the job site. All that remains in the installation process and the floor is ready for immediate use.  
 

Factory Finished Hardwood
Factory Pre Finished Wood Flooring

While there are several ways a floor can be finished, ultimately it is a choice that depends on your specific needs. Site finishing is a great choice when there is ample time and smell is not an issue. When time is more critical and disruption needs to be considered a pre finished floor only makes sense.