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Choosing Hardwood Floor Finishes On Prefinished Flooring Options

December 17th, 2010

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.

Manufactured flooring goes down quickly, since it is laid in sections, and is suitable for covering concrete as well as plywood subflooring. All coats are applied at the factory, so neither sanding or varnishing is needed in your home. This makes the job simple enough for it to be done in one day. Once you choose the flooring you want, it is delivered ready to use.

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.

Professional grades of finish can be applied at the manufacturing plant, chemicals which are too hazardous or are unavailable for home application. Although there are types of urethane suitable for doing a floor yourself as long as the cautions are followed, the results are not as durable or scratch resistant as the finishes the factory can apply.

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.

Using these improved synthetic resins means that manufactured flooring can come with a warranty of ten or more years. Although damaged flooring must be replaced in section units, and cannot be re-coated unless the original finish is sanded off first, the durability of the original, factory finish will usually make these floors take normal wear without a problem.

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.

Hardwood floor finishes from the factory are both beautiful and practical for today’s living, and you will probably find these durable floors are hard to resist.

Visit hardwood floor Toronto for an insightful summary of the advantages and disadvantages of the main types of hardwood flooring available.

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