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FACTORY FINISHED V. SITE FINISHED WOOD FLOORING - WHICH IS BETTER?

FACTORY FINISHED V. SITE FINISHED WOOD FLOORING - WHICH IS  BETTER?

One Is Messier Than The Other

The question of which is better really hinges on whether it is important to you to see the exact finish of your hardwood flooring before work begins, or whether you would prefer being able to choose and alter the color at the end.

FACTORY FINISHED

Factory finished means that all finishes are applied at the factory regardless of whether that is stain, gloss or a scratch resistant protector. Natural wood has its own individual grain patterns and natural imperfections, but the color of the sample you choose from your Pasadena flooring contractor is exactly what your floor will look like. Once your flooring contractor has laid your hardwood floor, all that is needed is a final clean and it is ready to be walked on and enjoyed.

SITE FINISHED

If you prefer the option of customizing your floor to make it unique, then site finishing by your flooring contractor will allow you to choose whatever finishes and stains you want. To finish off the job your flooring contractor will apply a final layer of sealant that extends across the entire floor, filling in the seams to help with water resistance.

SANDING MESS

Now the downside of site finishing is the mess factor. Your flooring contractor will have to sand the floors before the finishes are applied. This is a noisy and very dusty process. Regardless of how careful your flooring contractor is, you will be finding dust in hidden nooks and crannies for some time afterwards. Check to see whether your Pasadena hardwood flooring contractor uses a dust containment systems.

DRYING TIME

Each time your flooring contractor applies a layer, it will have to dry before the next one is applied. You cannot walk on the floor until the final layer has been applied by your contractor and it has dried thoroughly. If you are doing a floor renovation before moving into your home, then this is not a problem. However it makes life difficult if you are living in your home during the renovation.