I know this really belongs in alt,home-repair, but this group
has much better (and more talented <G>) members, so I'm asking here.
I'll soon be installing 3/4" solid wood floors in my existing home.
I'm looking for insight on pre finished wood floors vs. on-site
sanding and finishing. Here's what I've got so far:
Pros - Flawless factory applied finish, no mess, no denied
access to area while finish dries.
Cons - More expensive floor material (but nearly the same
total cost), less selection of colors and woods.
Pros - Cheaper flooring material, more color and wood
selections, finish material may seal between boards better.
Cons - Sanding and finishing effort and mess, finish smell,
denied access to area while finish cures, possible finish flaws due to
Two big issues have me leaning toward pre finished. The home is a
cape, so there is only one way upstairs and to the bathrooms. Also,
we have three live pushsticks and a large fish tank. The pushsticks
may cause problems with wet finishes and we need access to the fish
tank, which is on the second floor.