Job-site or Factory Finished
You should decide if you prefer a finish that
is applied on the job-site, or a flooring product that is
finished at the factory.
If you choose acrylic impregnated, you need
not consider these options, because acrylic impregnated is
ALWAYS finished in the factory. If you choose a solid or laminated/engineered
product, the following are the pros and cons of each of your
A job-site finish is applied at the place of
the installation. There are several different types of finishes
available and, when you choose a job-site finish, they are
probably all available.
Most wood flooring products are unfinished, and some laminated/engineered
products are available unfinished.
Choosing the type of finish to be applied to
your floor on-site gives you the choice of what type of shine
you prefer, as well as the effect the color of the product
will have on your floor. A wide range of stains are available
for use on a floor that will be finished on-site, giving you
unlimited possibilities for customizing your floor's color.
However, sanding and finishing on-site does create dust and
noise from the equipment, and there is a dry time during which
you will be unable to use that particular room.
A prefinished floor is one on which the finish is applied
at the factory. Most (but not all) laminated products are
prefinished, and some solid products are available prefinished.
Several finish options are available in prefinished products,
including ultraviolet cured urethane, water-based urethane,
moist-cured urethane, and seal and wax. You should consult
your wood flooring professional as to which finishes are available
on the product of your choice.