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Old 07-26-2007, 12:22 PM   #1
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Prefinished vs. "standard" wood for kitchen


I have heard both are good and bad and wanted to get some other opinion's. The issue with the standard wood is that I will be doing my entire downstair's with this wood and dont want 3 - 5 day's of down time (plus I have two dog's and and pregnent wife to contend with).

As far as the prefinished goes, it is quick and easy to get done in 1-2 days with little inconveinence BUT is not fully sealed like a regular wood floor (stuff could fall/leak between board's.

What are your thought's on this and anyone have experience with either in their kitchen?

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I agree, that for argument's sake, the finished in place floor has a better chance of repelling common, everyday moisture from occasional spills, or a minor appliance leak. Even in the event of a catastrophic failure, like a water line break, the in place finish stands a better chance of saving the wood, if the failure is immediately addressed. If the problem is unaddressed, like in a situation of being out of town at the time of the break, I think the whole argument becomes a moot point..floor ruined,

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Great advice.
I agree completely.
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One season fluxuation is all it takes before finish/sanded floors open between boards. Its too small to see by eye but its there. The finish on prefinished hardwoods is usually around nine coats of Aluminum Oxide which is tougher than poly. If you have dogs (and a nice flat subfloor), prefinished is the way to go.
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SOme hardwoods have an acrylic urethane that is UV cured. Another nice feature.
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Id go with the prefinished... Finishing on site with a pregnant wife. Dusty and noxious fumes.
you can later screen the floor and put a top coat of poly on if your concerned about leaking through the seams.
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With a dog and a baby soon.......hardwood would not be my first choice...or second choice. You may not be happy with that selection in 5-8 years.

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wound up going with ceramic for the kitchen.
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buy some comfort pads that you can stand on in the areas you will do alot of standing.
Tile is hard and it will help.

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