Why Prefinished Hardwood Flooring is a Great Option

The next time you have client who needs hardwood floors installed, why not point them towards prefinished hardwood?

Prefinished hardwood flooring is:

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  • Quick to install. Installers can finish quickly and clients can use their floor immediately
  • Available in a wide variety of colors, species, and widths.
  • Durable and long lasting
  • Rated for installation in basements


The best thing about prefinished hardwood flooring is how quickly it can be installed. How quickly? Well, it’s entirely possible to rip up an old carpet and have a new hardwood floor by the next day. When you install prefinished hardwood for a client, they can immediately start walking on their brand new floor. No waiting for finish to cure. Since you don’t have to sand or finish, that saves a lot of time and effort. If you use prefinished engineered hardwood you might not even need to use nails or staples — it could be a floating install.

There has been a huge influx of prefinished hardwood floors hitting the market. Well-known manufacturers like Shamrock, Aacer, and Century are making dozens upon dozens of prefinished flooring options with different colors, species, and widths. White oak, Brazilian cherry, maple, walnut, dark finishes, light finishes, reclaimed, hand-distressed, and many, many more are available for purchase. Whatever aesthetics your customers would like, there’s more than a good chance that a prefinished option will be available for them.

When prefinished planks are made at the factory, they are coated with a super durable wear layer. Most manufacturers use a UV aluminum oxide finish for their products. This finish is significantly harder and more durable than any finish that could be applied during an install for unfinished hardwood flooring. This makes prefinished hardwood a great option for your clients who want a long lasting flooring solution that will give them peace of mind for years and years to come.

Many residential homeowners might not realize this, but prefinished hardwood floors can be installed in the basement. Because of the dimensional stability of prefinished engineered floors, they are rated to be installed “below grade.” The option of installing hardwood floors in a basement opens up a world of possibilities for your clients. If they already have hardwood floors in other parts of their home, they can easily find hardwood for their basement that matches existing hardwood. Or if homeowners need to do restoration work — perhaps after flooding or when the hot water heater breaks — prefinished hardwood floors are a great option to quickly transform their basement.

If you do decide to purchase prefinished hardwood flooring — whether it’s solid or engineered, please feel free to contact us at City Floor Supply. Unlike the big box stores, our team at CFS is knowledgeable and passionate about hardwood floors. We have several experts on staff who are knowledgeable about subjects like sports floors, machinery, chemicals (like finishes and stains), and every aspect of hardwood floors.

If you have any additional questions or concerns feel free to contact us at City Floor Supply by calling (800) 737-1786 or emailing info@cityfloorsupply.com.

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