06:12PM | 05/31/04
Member Since: 09/26/03
11 lifetime posts
I hope someone can answer this question. I would like to hardwood my kitchen and geat room. My dining room and foyer are already hardwood with unfinished red oak flooring. I would like to put down prefinished red oak but have seen prefinished floors and see a noticable difference between prefinish and unfinish. I ask my local floor dealer why such the difference in appearance. He said that's because installer use cheap prefinish flooring with v-gap edges versus square edges. He told me that there's prefinished flooring that looks just like the unfinished and you wouldn't be able to tell the difference once it's installed. He then went on to tell me that it would cause about $10-$12 a square foot before installation but he could let me have it for $8 a square foot. I have had a few quotes for installation and materials and no one have come near that price for unfinished. Do anyone know if there are prefinished floorings that look just like unfinished once install and if $8 a square foot a good price? If $8 a square isn't a good price about what price should I be paying and where can I go to get the flooring. I'm in Boston Massachusetts.




09:08AM | 06/02/04
Member Since: 08/27/03
254 lifetime posts
on site is cheaper. You most likely do not want a prefinished in the 8 dollar range, it may be lower quality.

On site has drawbacks, it takes alot longer to install, it's messy and stinky. But if done right, it will be perfectly smooth and nice when complete, and will save you a few bucks.

A real good pre finished can be complete in 1/3 of the time, and the finish is more durable, but don't expect it to be bulletproof.

Kahrs hardwood is the best pre finished in my humble opinion, and they use a U.V. cured acrylic urethane and the wood is incredibly stable and smooth when complete, but it may be difficult to find it for 8 bucks.
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