What Is Prefinished Oak Flooring?
With so many different options of available to you when purchasing oak flooring, it can often be difficult to know exactly what to go for. One such option available is prefinished oak flooring, but what exactly does this mean?
Prefinished oak flooring is often described as “ready to fit” oak flooring. This means that it is supplied in such a way that the boards can be fitted into your room, after acclimatisation, without the need for any extra work to be done to the boards afterwards. This is because the boards have been "prefinished" using products such as hard wax oils and lacquers.
The process of prefinishing not only acts as a protective layer for the oak boards, but also changes the colour depending on what product has been applied. One of the great advantages of a prefinished oak floor is of course the time factor. With the boards being already finished, as soon as the flooring has been laid it can be used.
The alternative to choosing a prefinished oak floor, would be to have unfinished oak flooring. An unfinished oak floor is very much the traditional way. Rather than being left alone once fitted, an unfinished floor would require a finish over the top to help protect it. Our recommendation for this would usually be to use a hard wax oil. With a hard wax oil pretty much any colour can be achieved, as can be seen in our essential guide to oak floor finishes.
If you would like to learn more regarding prefinished or unfinished oak flooring, then please do give us a call on 01538 304584.