Originally Posted by Brik
Prefinished has a tougher finish then the "old way", install is faster. The "old way" does have a quality look to it and is smooth as a babys bottom when done.
Not true at all. A professional sand on sight flooring contractor can make a floor baby butt smooth. As for durability, 3 coats of high quality poly is far tougher than prefinished floors.
I installed oak floors in a restaurant 4 years ago & finished with 3 coats high quality poly. Daily traffic is 3-500 people & floors still look amazing.
Installed prefinish in a high end restaurant seating area & within 2 years floors looked like crap. Prefinish had far less abusive traffic.
I've been back in on floors I refinished over 10 years ago, that still look amazing & have refinished prefinished floors that are only 10 years old that have faded badly due to sunlight streaming in.