hardwood floors in kitchenThere are many benefits associated with adding hardwood floors to your St. Petersburg FL home. Wood floors can increase the value of your home, help a home on the market sell faster and increase the natural beauty and look of your home. If you are looking to purchase wood floors, one of the first decisions you will have to make is whether to select unfinished or prefinished hardwood flooring. Unfinished planks need to be sanded down, stained and sealed on site. Prefinished hardwood floors have already had these steps completed, so they simply need to be installed. Here are a few of the benefits that Floor Coverings International of St. Petersburg has found when it comes to prefinished floors.

Prefinished Hardwood Flooring is More Durable

One of the biggest benefits associated with prefinished hardwood flooring is that it is more durable than floors that are finished on site. A machine is used to finish off your hardwood planks when they are prefinished. Typically, several coats of sealant are added to the plank when it is pre-finished, something that is much harder to do onsite. Adding several layers of the sealant helps to protect the wood against water damage, warping and makes the plank more resistant to scratches.

Prefinished Hardwood Floors are Faster to Install

As was mentioned above, prefinished hardwood flooring is finished at a factory. The plank is ready to be installed and then used immediately. On the flip side, when you select unfinished planks, these planks need to be sanded down, stained and finished. This can take time to complete. Additionally, humidity in the home can further increase the drying time of the stain and finish. If you want to lay down a flooring option that you can use quickly, prefinished hardwood is the way to go.

Prefinished Hardwood Floors Help Keep Your Home Cleaner

The last benefit associated with having prefinished hardwood flooring installed in your home is that they help to keep your home cleaner. When unfinished planks are used, they have to be sanded down. When planks are sanded down, sawdust can go flying around the space. This can get your blinds, curtains or other items in the home dusty and dirty. No one wants to clean up a mess after having a new floor installed! Selecting prefinished wood floors helps to ensure you don’t have to.

When you look to install hardwood floors in your St. Petersburg FL home, take the time to learn all of the benefits associated with prefinished hardwood flooring. When in doubt, ask your local flooring experts at Floor Coverings International of St. Petersburg, who will help you decide if this is the right option for your home during a free in-home estimate!

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