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Pre-Finished Wood Flooring vs. Engineered Flooring, What’s the Difference?

SVB Floor Differences Pre-finished v EngineeredAt SVB Wood Floors, we make it a priority to stay up-to-date with anything and everything hardwood flooring. From installation techniques and flooring education to trends among homeowners and new products, the SVB team is always in the loop. One of the questions we frequently hear from homeowners is, “What is the difference between pre-finished and engineered wood floors?”. What is the difference and should KC homeowners look into these options? Let us break it down for you.

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Breaking It Down: Pre-Finished Wood Flooring

Having pre-finished wood flooring installed in your home is essentially the same thing as having a standard wood floor installed in your home, however, the finishing is done prior to the installation. Pre-finished wood floors are solid wood planks that are finished in a factory instead of on site. Homeowners love pre-finished wood floors because of the minimal time it takes for the installation. They also love that they are still receiving solid wood flooring that can be re-sanded later on down the road.

Get The Details: Engineered Floors

Engineered floors, on the other hand, are very different from your standard solid hardwood floor, which is one solid piece of wood from end to end and bottom to top. Engineered wood floors are made by stacking multiple layers of wood together in various directions and binding them into a solid form with heat and pressure. A thinner hardwood veneer is glued on top. Because of this, engineered wood floors typically can only be refinished one time. Homeowners love engineered flooring for much the same reason that they love pre-finished flooring, the installation process is very quick and easy because the floors have already been stained and finished. 

Interested in learning more about pre-finished or engineered flooring? Give SVB Wood Floors a call today and we will answer all of your questions, (913) 213-5187 or (816) 965-8655.