The hardwood flooring industry has gone through many changes through the years. One big transition was the introduction of pre-finished flooring. Before these products were being manufactured, hardwood flooring was always installed as raw unfinished planks that were then stained and finished on site. With the pre-finished engineered hardwood floors the stain, and finish is applied directly at the manufacturer. This process allows the flooring to be installed right out of the box, and will have you moving back into your space much sooner.
There are several advantages when choosing a pre-finished engineered hardwood floor over a traditional site finished product. In most cases a prefinished floor will be more budget friendly depending on the cost per square foot of the material. Secondly, due to the fact that this type of product has already been finished, it will drastically cut down on the amount of time it takes for us to get the floor installed. Another great benefit of this type of flooring is that the customer is able to select a product with a specialty treatment, or finish at a much lower price than with a custom site finished floor.
Prefinished hardwood flooring typically costs between $3 to $20 per square foot for materials, though many very good products are available at the lower end of this price range. The savings in cost when comparing to a site finished flooring is we no longer have to sand and finish the flooring after installation which leaves us only to have materials and installation labor to be needed.
Typically, a job between 1000-1500 square feet will take approximately 1 week from start to finish. Determining factors include tearing out existing flooring, and subfloor preparation. These are two things that will increase the amount of time needed. Your salesman will be able to give you a better idea of timing during your at home consultation.
After you have your new Pre-Finished Engineered Hardwood Flooring installed it must be properly cleaned.
When installing a urethane finished Pre-Finished Engineered Hardwood Flooring, the bona floor cleaning kit is all you need . This kit can be purchased at most big box home improvement stores, or you can purchase directly from us.
When installing a European oil finished Pre-Finished Engineered Hardwood Flooring the care is different. You will need to follow manufacturers recommended instructions. Most manufacturers of the european oils have a kit similar to the bona product. In addition to normal cleaning most European oiled floors will need to be put on a maintenance schedule to do a refresher treatment every 4-6 months, and will need to have a new coat of oil applied after a few years once the floor begins to look worn. While there is more maintenance with this type of floor you will be able to go much longer between sand and finishes or replacement.
One great benefit of choosing Engineered Hardwood Flooring is the ability to repair the floor in a specific location without affecting the rest of your floor. This makes a repair last hours rather than days. Very minimal dust will be created during this process, and we are able to fix areas without having to move all of your furniture out of your home.