St. Charles HardwoodHardwood can either be finished on site or before it is installed in your home. No one approach is perfect for every situation, but there are many conveniences that accompany pre-finished hardwood flooring. The experts at Floor Coverings International West County, MO highlight below a few of the biggest benefits of having your hardwood flooring finished ahead of time.

No Need To Leave Home

Hardwood that is finished onsite must be allowed to sit for a period ranging from a few hours to a few days. During that time, you and your loved ones will not be allowed near the site of the finishing. You may even have to leave your home for an extended period of time. This can cause significant inconveniences, especially if you have pets that require moving. If your hardwood is finished prior to installation, you can stick around and be there right away to see the finished product.

Minimal Mess

Unfortunately, those who have their hardwood floors finished on site must not only leave their home, but also deal with significant messes when they return. When hardwood is finished on site, it must be sanded down. This releases wood dust into the air, and despite the best of efforts, that dust is all but guaranteed to get on every fixture and piece of furniture.

In addition to a visual mess, hardwood finished onsite can cause a distinctive odor, which can take a surprisingly long time to fully leave your home. This odor, when combined with residual wood dust, can make your home an unpleasant place to be even after you’re permitted to return.

Minimal Maintenance

If you don’t have the desire to put a lot of work into hardwood maintenance, you are a good candidate for pre-finished flooring. Pre-finished hardwood has a stronger seal, which holds up better to regular wear and tear. Notoriously impervious to stains and moisture, pre-finished hardwood is an excellent choice for kitchens or any other room in which you anticipate regular spills. Pre-finished floors are notoriously durable, so you will not have to worry about getting them refinished for a long time. In fact, depending on the manufacturer, you can expect your warranty to last as long as twenty years.

There are definite benefits to having your floors finished on site, but this approach is far less convenient, and often, less durable. If your goal is an easy installation process and minimal maintenance, pre-finished hardwood is definitely the way to go. The experts at Floor Coverings International West County, MO will go over this and more during your free in-home consultation. Give us a call today to schedule yours. We proudly serve the greater Chesterfield, O'Fallon, St. Peters, St. Charles areas.

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