Finished vs. Prefinished Wood Flooring


Doc, I read the article on finished vs. per-finished. I am thinking about installing about 600-700 square feet of hardwood in my home. The house is about 15 years old. Do you have any suggestion or comments regarding the installation of this floor?




Dear Kent

Please strongly consider the unfinished floor. When these floors are sanded professionally on site they make for a smooth, glowing, “sock skating” finish. It puts those bumpy, crack ridden prefinished floors to shame. The 25 years warranties (for prefinished floors) are not worth the paper they are written on, be sure you read the fine print. Read my article on floor warranties for more information, which you can find in the search box at the top of this web page.

Be sure to read my floor maintenance article in the “How To’s” section of my web site, this will give you a clear idea of how to care for these floors. That way you’ll have no surprises. There are many articles in this site you should read, but pay close attention to the Hiring Contractors article in the “How To’s” section. The site should by now speak for itself, heck read it all. I only hope my writing skills are good enough for your enjoyment.