The classic look of hardwood floors has made them one of the most popular flooring choices for Columbia homeowners. If you want timeless hardwood in your home, there are a lot of factors you need to consider. From hardwood species to finish, our experts at Floor Coverings International Columbia East are here to help. Here is everything you should know when picking between prefinished and site-finished hardwood.

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A hardwood floor is “prefinished” when a protective topcoat is applied during the manufacturing process. Industrial manufacturers use a powerful sealant on each hardwood plank, making it more durable than other hardwood finishes. If you’re thinking of installing a hardwood with a low Janka ranking, then opt for a prefinished style.


Given that the hardwood is sealed during the manufacturing process, there is no way for a sealant to be applied over the plank seams. In humid areas, there is a risk of moisture seeping through the gaps and damaging the floors. At Floor Coverings International Columbia East we can teach you how to properly maintain your hardwood, even in high humidity.

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Unlike prefinished hardwood, site-finished hardwood floors are sealed after they are installed in your Columbia home. More than any other flooring style, site-finished hardwood floors are perfectly fitted to your space. They offer a uniform appearance, which many homeowners love. This individualized aesthetic works particularly well in rustic-style homes.


As you might assume, installation of site-finished hardwood is relatively intensive. It will take any professional company more time to complete the installation process. While the final product is stunning, the sealant chemicals used aren’t as powerful as those in the manufacturing of prefinished floors. As a result, the flooring is not as durable, but we can help you make your hardwood last.

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With its stunning timeless look, hardwood flooring is a great option for your home. Whether you decide on prefinished or site-finished, our experts are here to help. Schedule a free, in-home design consultation today! We are proud to serve the greater Columbia, Cayce, Blythewood area.

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