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NYNJ Flooring, NY/NJ Flooring, NY-NJ FlooringThe homeowner who has chosen to invest in hardwood floors must first decide between prefinished and onsite finished flooring. Either type of flooring can improve the look of the room or rooms in which it has been used. Still, there are three good reasons for ruling-out a floor that is meant to be finished before, rather than following its installation.

–Once the wood in a surface has been pre-finished, it becomes very difficult to fix any damage that may later appear on the same surface. That would include the removal of an unsightly scratch. Refinishing demands the ability to sand the damaged area. That is a challenging task, if the scratched wood is quite deep, as in the case with a pre-finished floor.

–The typical customer wants to be provided with lots of choices, in regard to a new floor’s style. When something has been prefinished, it limits the customer’s chances for choosing a particular style. No wooden surface will look very appealing, if it clashes with the furniture in the room or with a home’s existing flooring.

–A scratch represents a minor type of damage. Over time, a floor’s surface can get damaged to an even greater extent. Such a situation introduces the need for on-site repairs. It is difficult to perform such repairs on a prefinished floor.

In light of the above facts, you may have decided to go-with a hardwood surface that is meant to be finished on-site. If you have reached that decision, you have not eliminated your opportunity to select from multiple options. Here at NYNJ Flooring, we offer three alternatives to the prefinished wooden surface.

  1. The homeowner who wants to match a home’s existing floor to the newly-installed surface should consider customized, solid flooring. Please note that it does not have to match what already exists in a given residence. In fact, it can be given a unique and attention-grabbing stain.
  2. For the family on a tight budget, laminated flooring often acts as the perfect solution. Such a surface can look like wood, while containing only wood chip composite, which has been covered with a resin-infused paper. The installation costs for such a surface are minimal, while the surface’s ability to deal with moisture makes it the ideal choice for specific areas.
  3. Some families opt to substitute an alternative material for wood. One popular alternative product is bamboo, even though it is really a grass. It allows for creation of an attractive room, plus ensures utilization of an environmentally-friendly material.

Those of us at NYNJ Flooring provide our customers with specific details on each alternative to the prefinished surface. We do not hesitate to point-out the advantages and problems that are linked to any given option. We want our customers to be pleased with the final result. Some of our customers contact us by clicking onto www.nynjflooring.com; others pick up the phone and dial one of these numbers: (732) 768-0741 or (908) 433-6370.


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Anyone who has shopped for hardwood floors in recent years can tell you, the options are nearly endless. Finding the best flooring for your room or your home can feel like a daunting task. One of the first things you should do when choosing hardwood flooring is determine whether you are looking for pre-finished (finished in a factory before install) or onsite finished flooring. While both flooring types have their pros and cons, most people ultimately opt against pre-finished floors for one of the three reasons that follow:

  • Limitations on refinishing. While it is possible to refinish a pre-finished hardwood floor, you will find that there are limitations to this ability. These floors often start to become scratched and to lose their luster over time, and the factory finish is thick and very difficult to sand down for refinishing. Because of the depth to which you need to sand a prefinished floor, there is definitely a limit to how many times it can be refinished.
  • Differences in style. If you are going for a unique or one of a kind appeal for your space, you will find that onsite finishing gives you many more options. Onsite finishing certainly makes it easier to match your existing flooring and gives you more choices for both your stain and your finish.
  • Difficulty of repairs. Simply put, prefinished hardwood floors are much more difficult to repair than floors that are finished onsite. With onsite finishing, a hardwood flooring company can repair the damaged section, while with a prefinished floor, the entire floor must often be sanded and stained.

If you have decided that onsite finishing is the right option for your home’s floors, NYNJ Flooring has three popular alternatives to prefinished floors.

  1. Custom looking solid flooring: Having solid wood finished inside your home can be a great alternative. With this option, you can choose to match your existing flooring or to choose a unique stain that will help your home stand out.
  2. Laminate: Laminate is a great option if you are on a tight budget. It offers the look of wood while actually being comprised of a wood chip composite covered with resin-infused paper. It is very inexpensive, easy to install, and able to be placed in areas where moisture is a concern.
  3. Alternative materials: Alternative building materials like bamboo are very popular these days. Not only is bamboo environmentally friendly, but it is also highly attractive. While it is technically not a wood, but a grass, most hardwood flooring companies can install bamboo.

At NYNJ Flooring, we can work with you to help you understand everything you need to consider when choosing the best type of flooring for your home. We can objectively explain the pros and cons of all flooring types so that you can make a choice for your home that both suits your budget and looks fantastic. Don’t be put off by how many choices you have – at www.nynjflooring.com we can help you find and install your home’s perfect new flooring! Call us at (732) 768-0741 or (908) 433-6370.