Chapter 4: Types of Prefinished Wood Flooring

Prefinished Wood Flooring Faster to Install

When considering the final look of your wood flooring, you’ll want to the think about the finish, which is the top coat over the wood that protects and seals wood. Damage to a floor may come from regular daily use, moisture or stains.

Prefinished wood flooring has the finish applied during the manufacturing process, before you receive it. This eliminates the need for you to apply a topcoat to the wood after installation.

Factory prefinished wood is completed with a zero VOC finish. Before the wood is sent to you, it’s been passed under an ultraviolet light that helps to both cure the wood and keep the color intact. A prefinished topcoat is more durable than two or three polyurethane coats added onsite and cured by air-drying after wood leaves the factory.

You can install prefinished wood more quickly because the flooring has already been sanded and finished. You can walk on floors as soon as you’ve finished installing them, because drying and curing time is not needed. They can also be sanded and refinished several times over the years, if necessary.

At Superior Hardwoods of Montana, our prefinished flooring may be finished with one of the following:

Bona Kemi

Bona Kemi is made of the most durable waterborne polyurethane finish available today and is a great option. Bona has low VOCs, dries quickly and doesn’t require you leave your home or business while it’s being applied to the floors. Because we’ve been distributing Bona Kemi for almost 20 years, we have great experience with and confidence in the product. The finish is clear and doesn’t become discolored over time. The finish brings out the natural elegance of the wood it’s applied to.

Rubio Monocoat

If you’re interested in a natural-looking, water-free finish that offers long-lasting protection with no VOCs, Rubio Monocoat is that product. It also allows you to both color your wood and protect it by applying just one coat. Rubio molecules bond with the wood to create a durable, streak-free finish. Maintaining and repairing it, if necessary, is easy. We’re proud to be one few distributors to offer this product.