If you’re interested in installing beautiful hardwood floors in your Chesterfield home, you may have heard about their lengthy finishing process. You may have also heard of friends who had to stay at a hotel for a weekend to not be exposed to the fumes after the floors were sanded and stained. Though this is true for unfinished hardwood planks, you can avoid this process by choosing prefinished hardwood flooring. Here are some factors to consider from our Floor Coverings International West County, MO experts:
Advantages and Disadvantages of Prefinished Hardwoods
Ordinary hardwoods are stained, sanded down, and finished for durability, which requires contractors to complete these steps after installing the floors in your home. While unfinished hardwood floors are cheaper in material costs, you will pay extra for the additional labor costs of finishing them in the home. The advantage of these floors is that they can be customized to your exact preference (which can be useful if you want your new floors to match existing hardwood floors).
Prefinished floors give homeowners more initial “sticker shock” because of the higher cost per square foot. However, since they are already finished, they are ready for immediate use after installation. Also, since prefinished hardwood floors are already finished during the manufacturing process, they will emit fewer volatile organic compounds (VOCs) as compared to freshly finished hardwood floors.
Taking care of these floors are no different than hardwoods that are finished in your home. With regular sweeping, light vacuuming, and mopping with approved wood floor cleaners, your prefinished hardwoods will look incredible for years. They can also be refinished periodically to prolong their durability and appearance.
Explore Convenient Prefinished Hardwood Floors
Prefinished hardwood floors come in many species and stains. If you have a desired look in mind, there is likely a brand that carries what you need. Call Floor Coverings International West County, MO today to schedule a free consultation in your own Chesterfield home.
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