What Is Pre-Finished Hardwood Flooring?

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Pre-finished hardwood flooring is an efficient option that allows you to have the floors of your dreams. Plus, they’re durable and long-lasting. It’s one of Colorado’s most popular flooring options because of its versatile, ready-to-install finishes. So if you’re in the middle of construction and need something quick to install or don’t want to worry about constantly needing to refinish your floors, pre-finished hardwood might be the perfect option!

Pre-finished floors elevate your space without being challenging to maintain. At G3 Hardwood Flooring, we offer an array of brands, finishes, and styles that’ll fit your vision for your Colorado Springs home. As hardwood flooring experts, we can walk you through your options and help you choose a floor that fits your style and budget. Keep reading to learn more about pre-finished hardwood flooring to decide if it’s right for you.

Pre-Finished Hardwood Vs. Unfinished Hardwood

When you choose pre-finished hardwood flooring, your flooring experts will install hardwood planks that are individually finished at a factory before they arrive on site. On the other hand, unfinished wood flooring involves completing planks on-site after the installation process.

Each flooring option offers different benefits, and you have to decide what’s most important to you. For example, if you want to create a custom stain color, you’ll have more flexibility with unfinished hardwood flooring. But, if you want the most durable option possible, pre-finished hardwood floors may be better for you and your needs.

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Difference Between Engineered Hardwood and Pre-Finished Hardwood

Engineered hardwood floors were initially designed for areas where people couldn’t control the moisture. Unlike a solid piece of wood that warps when it comes in contact with water, engineered flooring has multiple layers of wood and a thick veneer that can usually withstand warping.

While pre-finished hardwood flooring is one of the more durable options available, the planks are made of individual pieces of solid wood and aren’t as tough against moisture. So, an engineered hardwood option would probably be better if you want wood flooring installed in an area like the kitchen, bathroom, or basement. 

The Finishing Process For Pre-Finished Flooring

With pre-finished floors, each wood plank is finished individually at a factory. Usually, the finishing process involves applying a stain and spraying multiple coats of a protective finish. The planks must completely dry in between coats. Once the planks are done, they’re cured with aluminum oxide and heated in an oven, creating a hard acrylic finish.

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How To Care For Pre-Finished Hardwood Floors

Hardwood floors are an investment, so you want to take the necessary steps to maintain them. One of the easiest ways to protect your pre-finished hardwood floors is to use rugs in high-traffic areas and doormats at your home’s entrances. Placing rugs and mats will help keep prevent you tracking dirt, so you don’t scratch your floors. 

You should also put felt pads on the bottom of your furniture to prevent scratches and scuffs.

To keep your pre-finished wood floors clean, you want to dry mop daily, vacuum weekly, and clean weekly with a cleaner made for pre-finished hardwood. If you can’t dry mop daily or vacuum weekly, try to do it once you notice dust on your floor. Tiny rocks and debris in dust can scratch your floor when you step on them.

Contact G3 Hardwood Flooring For The Best Pre-Finished Flooring Services

As your local flooring expert, G3 Hardwood Flooring can meet all of your flooring needs, including installing pre-finished hardwood flooring. We’ll help you choose a style that’s perfect for your space and walk you through our efficient installation process. Our team can also refinish your pre-finished floors and share the best maintenance tips with you. So, schedule an appointment with us today to upgrade your flooring with our pre-finished flooring services!