Unfinished hardwood is also referred to as “site finished” because of the fact that it’s finished only once installed on-site. “Many people prefer site finish because they think it is all sealed together as one, with no bevels between the boards. Most prefinished boards are slightly rounded on the corners to help protect the edges during installation. When you install a hardwood floor, (more…)
What’s your best option when it comes to choosing a hardwood flooring product: Prefinished or unfinished hardwood flooring?
Pre-Finished: Prefinished flooring – as the name implies – is flooring that has the finish applied to it at the factory before it reaches the suppliers. This flooring has become very popular in recent years because of the advantages it offers:
- During installation, you skip all the dusty mess and smells that go along with sanding and finishing.
- The boards are already finished, so as soon as they’re installed, you can walk on them.
- The boards are finished in a factory under ideal environmental conditions. Seven to nine coats of urethane are applied. In addition, the finish contains aluminum oxide. The result is a very hard, smooth, and durable floor.
- Because there is no sanding and finishing, a prefinished floor can normally be installed in a little over half the time, cutting the cost of labour.
Hardwood floors provide a warm, classic feel for your home. In kitchens, living rooms or entryways, hardwood flooring offers benefits over carpet, including easier clean-up and lower maintenance. Treated well, wood can last for decades. But no flooring is invincible, Hardwood floors take a lot of abuse, and over time they can become stained, warped, chipped or just dull and eventually you’ll need to repair or replace your existing hardwood. Both options come with a price. How you want to tackle the project and the extent of the damage will determine which choice is cost-effective. There are certain advantages that are gained from refinishing or replacing your floor, as well as several drawbacks.
These days it seems people are getting busier, and living spaces are getting smaller and smaller. These small spaces create unique design challenges for designers and homeowners alike. But thanks to new technologies in engineered hardwood manufacturing, there is at least help when it comes to your floors.
One of the biggest dilemmas when trying to redo your kitchen is the choice for flooring. Design magazines will show kitchen after kitchen featuring beautiful hardwood floors. Designers will tell you that wood floors look fresh, warm and modern. But looks aren’t everything. How is one to really decide whether hardwood flooring is the right choice for the kitchen? We are going to break it down for you.
We spend almost 90% of our time indoors, where the degree of air pollution is usually 2 to 5 times higher than outdoors. Children are particularly susceptible to the effects of air quality on health, because their immune and nervous systems are continuing to develop. To protect our children’s health, it is essential to reduce their exposure to chemicals and substances at home and at school, as well as in any indoor environment.
When it comes to interior design or decor, how we perceive things depends on what we’re used to seeing in which setting. For example, until a few years ago, a distressed, aged floor would have been perceived as uncared for and in need of repair. Today this look is highly sought after, and both artificially aged and reclaimed flooring are in high demand.
Brushed products have become one of the hottest selling segments in hardwood flooring. The attraction of brushing is obvious. The procedure involves lightly brushing the hardwood surface of the floorboard with a wire brush. This removes some of the softer fibers in the wood and leaves the remaining hard fibers more sharply defined. This effect, called ‘opening’ the grain, gives the surface of the wood a more contoured, textured and ‘natural’ looking appearance. This adds to both the aesthetic and practical value of the floor, as a brushed surface looks more interesting and is also better at concealing some minor wear and tear. Many laminate and luxury vinyl wood-look floors are also now sporting ‘brushed’ surface treatments.