Prefinished Hardwood Flooring Chicago
Many consumers today purchase hardwood flooring with factory-applied finish, commonly referred to as prefinished hardwood flooring. This type of flooring surface is growing in popularity for a number of reasons, the benefits of which need to be explored before you commit to such a purchase. Here are some of the most common benefits associated with prefinished hardwood flooring:
• The finish is applied at the factory, by trained professionals using state of art and highly precise machinery. Factory prefinished hardwood flooring is faster and easier to install, and also holds up better over time. In a factory setting, finish coatings and stains are applied and dried in a computer controlled environment. High-performance aluminum oxide urethane coatings are then applied, and further strengthened by ultraviolet light which cures the urethane to the wood. This allows for the natural colors to be drawn out and preserved, and makes for an extremely durable finish. For onsite installations, most hardwood flooring only gets two to three coats of urethane and is air-dried.
• Prefinished hardwood flooring is more scratch resistant and longer lasting. Thanks to precise manufacturing techniques and computer controlled application of urethane finishes, this type of flooring is up to 10 times more scratch resistant than unfinished hardwood – again, mostly due to the prefinished process at the factory.
Prefinished hardwood flooring is simply less messy than unfinished hardwood flooring that needs to be treated and finished onsite. Just ask any homeowner or installer who’s gone through the hassle of multiple coats of urethane, spilled finish, air masks and eye goggles, and expensive-to-rent equipment and they’ll tell you exactly what it’s like. Finishing hardwood on site also has another inconvenience and possible danger: Dust, pet dander, and other debris that could get into the finish before it dries. Remember, once a fur ball or scrap of paper lands, the only way to fit it is to remove it and start over.
• Faster and easier installation. With unfinished hardwood flooring, a homeowner or professional installer not only has to measure, cut, and secure the floor to sub flooring, but they also have to finish it. Prefinished hardwood flooring, therefore, takes much less time to install and in most cases, the most specialized equipment needed is a circular saw, air compressor, and flooring hailer.
Finally, one other benefit of prefinished hardwood flooring is it can be stripped and refinished over time, unlike carpeting, stone or ceramic tiles, or even laminating flooring .This makes it extremely attractive for homeowners and builders.
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