There are pluses and minus to any type of flooring you chose, but buying a prefinished hardwood can save lots of money and time in installation. And, many times the finish is a little harder.

 Information on Prefinished Hardwood Floors
With prefinished hardwood, there is no guess work involved, you get what you buy. What you see in your sample is what you get. I do recommend seeing several large samples of the flooring you chose to make sure the color variations that can happen with hardwood are what you want. But, after you see it and make your choice, you get the flooring you want.  Flooring manufacturers warranty the product. If you buy something and don’t like the way it looks, it can be returned. And, you get the finish warranty, if something goes wrong, it can be replaced. One thing I will tell people is that some manufacturer’s have a lot of rules regarding their floor and the warranty. So, read the fine print. Sometimes the warranty does not transfer between home owners you have to be the original purchaser. Also, there are specific installation and cleaning instructions that must be adhered to.

Advantages of Prefinished

  • No dust all over the place. Sanding an unfinished floor in you home makes a mess. There is dust everywhere. Everything in the house usually has to be cleaned, even if you do another room, because dust finds its way in to every hiding place.
  • No smell. Staining and finishing floors in your home leaves a chemical smell for up to 2 weeks. Some people are especially sensitive and have reactions to chemicals, so this is an important consideration.
  • It is a lot quicker to install a new prefinished hardwood flooring than it is to sand, stain and finish a product. The drying time takes 2 days at least. And, sometimes, it is recommended not to walk on the finish for a week to prevent scratching.
  • Furniture can be replaced immediately. You can install one room in one day, and live in it that night.
  • You can find just about any color, species, texture or look you want. There are probably over 5000 different products available in Prefinished Hardwood Flooring.

 Finishing Flooring On-Site

Getting custom sand, stained and finished floors, require a lot more work and time before the job is complete.  You have to start by having someone install the unfinished hardwood. Or, if you have wood already installed, it has to be sanded down. You need to clear the room of all items. Bring in sander machines to sand the floor down. It is important to make sure the sanding is done correctly so you don’t have uneven places in the floor. Also, if the wood is not sanded correctly, the stain will not be even.  Then you apply stain, usually it takes at least two coats. For custom finishes, sometimes there is more involved. There needs to be drying time between coats and the top layer of finish. Sand, stain and finished floors, are extremely beautiful, but they are much more costly than buying prefinished flooring. If you are a do it yourself person, it is really a huge job. So many things can go wrong, from grooves in the flooring, to uneven finish, or water bubbles in the top coat. You can do a floor yourself, but you need to be very careful, and do test samples first, to make sure you get the floor you want.

Advantages of Site Finished Flooring

  • You can get a flooring finish that is completely unique and custom.
  • You do preserve environmentally resources if you sand and re-finish an existing floor, you don’t throw away wood.


At Designer’s Touch we install both types of  hardwood; prefinished and custom sand, stain and finished. To get an estimate call our showroom (772)978-9111. Or, go to our website and fill out our request a quote form.

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