Can prefinished hardwood be sealed?

Q: I read the question about the differences between laminate, hardwood and pre-finished. As noted, the prefinished allows for the possibility of spills going through the slats. Can prefinished hardwood be sealed to avoid this problem? Continue reading Can prefinished hardwood be sealed?

Can we install a prefinished hardwood floor and then put a coat of polyurethane over it, to seal all the cracks?

Q: Can we install a prefinished hardwood floor and then put a coat of polyurethane over it, to seal all the cracks? Will it adhere to the prefinished hardwood? Continue reading Can we install a prefinished hardwood floor and then put a coat of polyurethane over it, to seal all the cracks?

Finishing the wood in his workshop and installing it pre-finished?

Q: We are installing hickory pecan, micro grooved, planked flooring in our entire house. We’re located near the ocean. Our finisher/installer is planning on creating and finishing the wood in his workshop and installing it pre-finished, finish before installation. I am surprised at that decision because I thought custom installed and finished hardwood floors would hold up better. Continue reading Finishing the wood in his workshop and installing it pre-finished?

Should I install a prefinished floor in a kitchen?

Q: I have a customer that wants to use a wood floor in their kitchen renovation. Questions: Should I install a prefinished wood floor in kitchen? What is the sealing or protection factor, as opposed to installing an unfinished floor? Continue reading Should I install a prefinished floor in a kitchen?

Is pre-finished hardwood flooring or non-pre-finished hardwood flooring preferable?

Q: Is pre-finished hardwood flooring or non-pre-finished hardwood flooring preferable? Is one better than the other is some way, if a person has the choice? I know one needs a lot of prep work and finish work… but other than the ease of installment.. if that were not a problem, or if price were not a problem.. which would be the best: prefinished vs unfinished hardwood floors? Continue reading Is pre-finished hardwood flooring or non-pre-finished hardwood flooring preferable?

What type of hardwood to purchase

Q: I am trying to decide on what type of hardwood to purchase. In a previous home I installed dark cherry-stained oak. I have a dog and of course the scratches were very visible and after only a few months looked terrible. I also found it very hard to keep clean. Continue reading What type of hardwood to purchase

Bare micro-bevels

Q: We have recently done a DIY hardwood floor installation using a pre-finished birch product purchased from a major home improvement retailer. This material has micro-bevels, but we noticed during installation that it appears the finish which was applied to the top surface of the strips does not extend down the bevels, i.e.. the bevels are stained, but not actually finished. Continue reading Bare micro-bevels