prefinished hardwood floorPrefinished flooring, some purists say, can never match the beauty of a finished hardwood floor. Others say that prefinishing actually improves the final look, because sanding and sealing each board individually increases the floor’s uniformity.

In addition to the look, manufacturers like Shaw Floors Inc. and Anderson Hardwoods have made some incredible advances in prefinished technology. Integrating hard wearing elements like aluminum oxide, prefinished floors often come with 25 year or up to life time warranties. Also, finishing each individual board separately results in finish wrap around which increases the durability of the wood compared to a solid finished floor. Sand in place floors aren’t able to provide the level of resistance of these hi-tech pre-finished floors.

No matter what side you choose, it’s hard to ignore the convenience of prefinished flooring. Using wood flooring that has already been finished speeds up flooring installation and limits the disruption to your day to day life, frequently a strong deciding factor among homeowners and businesses.

Prefinished flooring is available in solid wood and engineered versions. Engineered flooring consists of a thin top layer with a layer of plywood underneath whereas solid is, as the name would imply, one solid piece of hardwood.

If you’re looking to match an existing hardwood floor, prefinished flooring may not be the best choice and we will customize a sand and finish floor to complement the current floor.

But if want a beautiful hardwood solution with easy installation, prefinished flooring may be perfect for you. Pick out the perfect floor covering today by contacting your local Floor Coverings International in Wheaton for a free consultation.

Explore more flooring options in our Flooring Glossary FAQ.