Prefinished Hardwood Flooring Review: Pros and Cons
Traditionally,hardwood flooring was always installed as unfinished planks that were then stained and finished with a protective surface layer, right on the worksite. But since the introduction of prefinished solid hardwood during the 1940s, this newer form of flooring has become increasingly popular, and today you may find that it’s easier to find than traditional unfinished hardwood planks. Especially at big-box retailers, there will likely be a very good selection of prefinished solid hardwood flooring in different species and different stain finishes.
There are certain advantages to purchasing and installing this prefinished hardwood flooring, as well as several drawbacks. Consumers should understand both the pros and cons of this form of flooring when making decisions.
It is important to note that the advantages of prefinished hardwood flooring apply mostly to solid hardwood products. Engineered hardwood flooring, which is also sold in prefinished form, is engineered with a relatively thin layer of hardwood bonded over core layers of plywood or particleboard. It lacks some of the advantages of the solid prefinished hardwood flooring described here.