The Pros and Cons of Prefinished vs Site Finished Hardwood Flooring
With many prefinished 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.
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 hardwood floor directly from the manufacturer and as a result save time and money.
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.
It is unlikely that you will be in search of the perfect hardwood 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 is the installation process and the floor is ready for immediate use.
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 prefinished hardwood floor only makes sense.