Prefinished Wood Floors

Prefinished Wood Floors

What is a finish? The finish is a protective top coat that seals a hardwood floor against damage from everyday wear-and-tear, moisture, and stains. Prefinished floors have the finish applied during manufacturing. Unfinished floors have the finish applied on-site – at the customer’s home. Prefinished hardwood floors are also called “factory finished”. Unfinished floors are also called “site-finished”.View Hardwood Flooring Prefinished Floors Hardwood flooring with a factory-applied finish is not only faster and easier to install, but it performs better over time. To produce the highest quality hardwood flooring, stains and finish coatings are applied and dried in a factory-controlled environment. High-performance aluminum oxide urethane coatings are subjected to as many as seven passes of ultraviolet light to cure the urethane to the wood and preserve its color, thus creating an extremely durable finish. By comparison, site-finished floors typically receive only 2-3 coats of polyurethane and then are allowed to cure by air drying. Armstrong Floors Are Prefinished All Armstrong hardwood flooring comes prefinished for a hassle-free installation and is warranted for up to 35 years for residential use. For a high durability hardwood product, consider Armstrong’s Performance Plus hardwood floors. These floors are made with a patented acrylic-infusion process that makes them 2.5x harder than untreated hardwood floors of the same species. Plus they have superior scratch and stain resistance. View Performance Plus Unfinished Floors Unfinished hardwood flooring ships from the factory in its natural state. Sanding, staining, and finishing are all done on site after the boards are installed. End and edge treatments are typically limited to “square”. Advantages of Prefinished Floors Less time to install: flooring arrives already sanded and finished No drying or curing time required – floors are ready to walk on immediately after installation No strong odors or dust from sanding during installation No need to relocate family during finishing Prefinished floors come with a manufacturer’s warranty against board defects Can be sanded and refinished multiple times Advantages of Unfinished Floors Easier to match existing hardwood flooring or other interior decor Custom color staining Easier for installer to do customized elements, like inlays Some plank widths and exotic wood species are available only as unfinished hardwood flooring Can be sanded and refinished multiple times Less expensive than prefinished boards, but there are additional expenses associated with finishing on site Which Should You Choose? Whether you choose prefinished or unfinished flooring depends on your preference and your particular project. If you’re building a new home, for example, you may prefer to have your hardwood floors installed on site. For existing homes, prefinished floors install faster and easier – and there’s no inconvenience to your family or dust and fumes to deal with. Browse Hardwood Floors
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Prefinished Wood Floors

Our Floors Stain, Color and Finish Prefinished Wood Floors Prefinished Wood Floors No more trade-offs, just advantagesAvoid the mess and hassle of a site finished floor.Carlisle has the best wood finishing systems available to ensure you get the most beautiful wood floor. Whether you want hardwood, pine, reclaimed or distressed wood flooring, a Carlisle Wide Plank Specialist can help you find the perfect finish for your new floor. Give your floor a beautiful future.Historically, the choice between prefinished wood flooring and site finished wood floors involved trade-offs. Prefinishing was more convenient and far less messy, but often produced a cheap “plastic” look. Site-finishing, on the other hand, allowed the use of finer pigments that could penetrate the wood and enhance the beauty of the grain. Unfortunately, site-finishing is messy and time consuming so we developed Carlisle Custom Coat®, a unique process that enhances the rich character and beauty of your prefinished wood floor by combining time-honored techniques with modern technology and giving you ultimate convenience. State of the art, fit for a masterpiece.Just like our commitment to carefully craft every Carlisle floor, we took our time to make sure we could do prefinishing right the first time. Using small batch production, we developed a specialized “three coat” process that protects the value of your investment. It delivers up to three times the durability of site-applied finishes while giving each board a deep hand-rubbed appearance, rather than one that is painted on. It’s a result that no one else can match.We meticulously sand every inch of your new wide plank wood floors and apply the best available stain and sealer to the freshly sanded wood, under the most ideal conditions. In fact, we apply the final coat in a vacuum chamber so we can coat the tongue and groove on all four sides — an industry exclusive. This creates a moisture resistant floor that will always look like a masterpiece. It also dramatically reduces the cost and frequency of restaining your floor in the future; your prefinished stain will always be easier to recoat than site-applied coatings. The finish is green.All Carlisle Custom Coat finishes are designed to be environmentally friendly. It’s not a government mandate, but rather a Carlisle choice. Our finishes contain no measurable VOCs (volatile organic compounds), which can pose a health hazard if they escape into the air. Guard your masterpiece with the right amount of TLC.Follow Carlisle’s cleaning and maintenance instructions to help protect your wide plank floors and maximize your investment. Plus, we offer dustless recoat kits that allow you to touch up your prefinished wood floor, with no sanding required — an easy, convenient way to keep your floor looking beautiful. Visit our Resource Center for more information or go ahead and download our Carlisle Custom Coat and prefinished wood flooring PDF. Need help finding the perfect Carlisle flooring for your style & space?Talk with us today about your project. We make it easy to browse, design, select and plan for your new wide plank floors with your own personal Carlisle Wide Plank Specialist.Request Design Consultation Check out some of our helpful resources / Tip SheetCarlisle Finished Floors, Care & Maintenance Get the Tip Sheet / GuideEssential Touch Up Kit Cards Get the Guide / Tip SheetTips to Maximize the Beauty of Your Wood Floor Get the Tip Sheet
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Prefinished Wood Floors

The finish is a protective top coat that seals a hardwood floor against damage from everyday wear-and-tear, moisture, and stains. Prefinished floors have the finish applied during manufacturing. Unfinished floors have the finish applied on-site – at the customer’s home. Prefinished hardwood floors are also called “factory finished”. Unfinished floors are also called “site-finished”.View Hardwood Flooring
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Prefinished Wood Floors

Historically, the choice between prefinished wood flooring and site finished wood floors involved trade-offs. Prefinishing was more convenient and far less messy, but often produced a cheap “plastic” look. Site-finishing, on the other hand, allowed the use of finer pigments that could penetrate the wood and enhance the beauty of the grain. Unfortunately, site-finishing is messy and time consuming so we developed Carlisle Custom Coat®, a unique process that enhances the rich character and beauty of your prefinished wood floor by combining time-honored techniques with modern technology and giving you ultimate convenience.
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Prefinished Wood Floors

Give your floor a beautiful future.Historically, the choice between prefinished wood flooring and site finished wood floors involved trade-offs. Prefinishing was more convenient and far less messy, but often produced a cheap “plastic” look. Site-finishing, on the other hand, allowed the use of finer pigments that could penetrate the wood and enhance the beauty of the grain. Unfortunately, site-finishing is messy and time consuming so we developed Carlisle Custom Coat®, a unique process that enhances the rich character and beauty of your prefinished wood floor by combining time-honored techniques with modern technology and giving you ultimate convenience.
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Prefinished Wood Floors

Whether you choose prefinished or unfinished flooring depends on your preference and your particular project. If you’re building a new home, for example, you may prefer to have your hardwood floors installed on site. For existing homes, prefinished floors install faster and easier – and there’s no inconvenience to your family or dust and fumes to deal with. Browse Hardwood Floors
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Prefinished Wood Floors

Follow Carlisle’s cleaning and maintenance instructions to help protect your wide plank floors and maximize your investment. Plus, we offer dustless recoat kits that allow you to touch up your prefinished wood floor, with no sanding required — an easy, convenient way to keep your floor looking beautiful. Visit our Resource Center for more information or go ahead and download our Carlisle Custom Coat and prefinished wood flooring PDF.
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Guard your masterpiece with the right amount of TLC.Follow Carlisle’s cleaning and maintenance instructions to help protect your wide plank floors and maximize your investment. Plus, we offer dustless recoat kits that allow you to touch up your prefinished wood floor, with no sanding required — an easy, convenient way to keep your floor looking beautiful. Visit our Resource Center for more information or go ahead and download our Carlisle Custom Coat and prefinished wood flooring PDF.
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Whether you choose prefinished or unfinished flooring depends on your preference and your particular project. If you’re building a new home, for example, you may prefer to have your hardwood floors installed on site. For existing homes, prefinished floors install faster and easier – and there’s no inconvenience to your family or dust and fumes to deal with.

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