When it comes time to choose a new hardwood floor, there are many important factors to consider. One often-overlooked issue is the time it will take to sand and finish your new hardwood flooring once it’s installed. If you love the idea of new hardwood, but can’t stomach a lengthy installation process, consider choosing prefinished planks: a luxurious and time-efficient alternative to site-finished hardwood.

What is Prefinished Hardwood?

Prefinished hardwood refers to hardwood made of planks that have been individually sanded and sealed prior to installation. Prefinished options are available for both solid and engineered hardwood, as well as a wide range of wood species and stains.


While the material is a bit pricier than unfinished hardwood, there are numerous benefits to choosing prefinished hardwood. Many homeowners choose prefinished hardwood onvenience, style, and durability


By far the best thing about prefinished hardwood is its fast installation time. Prefinished hardwood can be installed quite quickly, as there’s no need to sand or stain the planks once they’re in place. This convenience gives prefinished hardwood an edge for busy Stow families looking for a flooring installation process that won’t cause too much disruption in their daily lives. Prefinished hardwood’s shorter installation time also means that the installation costs are often cheaper than those of unfinished hardwood.


Since the planks are finished off-site, it’s easy to create an even-textured, uniform look with prefinished hardwood. If you’re all about a minimalist aesthetic, but still crave the warmth of a beautiful hardwood floor, consider going with prefinished planks. That way, you and your installer retain more control over the look of each piece of hardwood.

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Off-site finishing means that prefinished hardwood is coated with chemical sealants that are far more powerful than those used in on-site finishing. This means that prefinished hardwood is exceptionally long-lasting and durable, perfect for high-traffic areas and homes with pets. These super-sealants also make maintenance a snap: prefinished hardwood is less susceptible to moisture damage than unfinished hardwood. Prefinished flooring needs to be refinished less frequently than unfinished planks, too.

Learn more in Stow Today!

Shopping for new hardwood flooring can feel like a crush of never-ending choices. From the wood species, to the stain, to engineered or solid, we know that the decision-making can be overwhelming! The friendly flooring experts at Floor Coverings International Cleveland South can help you navigate the maze of hardwood options to find the perfect solution for your home and lifestyle. We offer free in-home estimates to homeowners in Stow, Cuyahoga Falls, Hudson and Akron and surrounding areas. Schedule yours today to get started on your next flooring project!

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