Hardwood Flooring-Prefinished

by Julie

Options In Hardwood Floor Finishes On Pre-finished Floors

The finishes for hardwood flooring which are possible in factory flooring are considered by many to be not only attractive but practical as well. Hardwood from the factory is stained and then sealed with a protective finish. This flooring is then delivered in a state that is ready to be laid down. Conversely installations at a job site involve laying the flooring first and then finishing it later.

Using prefinished wood flooring has both advantages and disadvantages over unfinished materials that are laid down and later finished. On-site finishing can create a ultra modern, seamless look, can be customized by inlays and borders, and can be more forgiving of sub floor irregularities. It is generally a more time consuming and expensive option.

Factory finished hardwood is faster to install, as the sections of flooring are laid down over plywood or other sub flooring, including concrete. The finish is complete, so there is no need for the sanding required for on-site finishing. Finalizing the laying of a floor on site requires sanding between each coat, which must be done after the finish has dried. All dust must be removed before each step of the process, and care must be taken that the stain and the subsequent hard coating substances are compatible.

Using factory flooring eliminates all need for sanding, waiting for the coating to dry, and constant attention to dusting and stirring during the application process. It also means that no fumes will be released in the house, making it ready for occupation as soon as the floor is laid.

Factory finished wood is more durable than most on-site finished floors, since the professional grades of finish can be safely used under factory conditions. There is a wide choice of substances used by the manufacturers, which are not for do-it-yourself jobs. Urethane is considered safe for homeowners to apply in well ventilated areas, with proper use of fume masks and a sufficient airing out period before people move in.

The factories use urethanes as well, but have the option of using acid-based ones, which are more durable but have strong fumes. They also can use cure the wood and the finish with ultra violet light, inject the wood with acrylic monomers that make it resistant to abrasion, or add aluminum or ceramic particles to the urethane finish for the same reason. The final ‘wear layer’ is often polyurethane, for added toughness.

These methods and modifications mean that the hardwood manufactured flooring can carry long warranties against wear and damage, up to twenty-five years for premium floors. If damaged, the flooring must be relaid in sections; it cannot be pieced together or re-coated unless the original floor is sanded to bare wood. However, these durable synthetic resins stand up well to wear and spills. Oak and some of the exotic woods are very hard, and resist denting from dropped objects, for instance.

You will not get a completely custom look with prefinished hardwood, but there is such variety in woods, in colors, and in finishes – high gloss, semi gloss, and satin – that your floor can still be quite unique. You will be amazed at the woods used today, and the effects the manufacturers can achieve, from formal to country, from perfect to distressed.

Factory applied hardwood floor finishes are durable, beautiful, practical, and affordable. An online search will give homeowners the information they need to make an informed choice.

By going to the website http://hardwoodfloortoronto.org you can learn all about what makes one type of hardwood flooring advantageous over another.


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