We're remodeling our family room and my husband is campaigning for hardwood floors. I'm concerned about wear and tear as this room will receive a lot of traffic. Will pre-finished floors stand up to the test of time?
Carrob 8:49pm 11-7-06
Just a few years ago, I would have told you to skip pre-finished floors for rooms that get tons of traffic. However, there have been many changes on the way pre-finished floors are, well, finished. Nowadays, aluminum oxide, added to the finish at the factory through a multi-step process, makes pre-finished floors an extremely durable option. If you are wondering why this material has such a magical impact on durability, you might consider the other product it is very commonly used for: sandpaper!
For more details, check out the Complete Guide to Flooring  put out by Armstrong. It is a nicely done and comprehensive guide that covers the stregnths of each type of floor product.