Flooring Finishes

Pre-Finished Hardwood Flooring - SandingFinishing in Place

Finishing in place is the traditional method of completing a solid hardwood floor. Sometimes circumstances make it very challenging, and it is possible to request pre-finishing options. But generally speaking, the end results of finishing in place are superior to other methods in terms of consistency, color and finish matching.

We recommend finishing in place to preserve the best attributes of your solid wood wide-plank floor. We offer a couple options to make the job easier – pre-sanding as well as end-trimming so each plank is ready to install when you take it off the pile. With finishing in place you have available the benefit of a penetrating oil based finish which will reveal the inner glow and cannot be duplicated by any other method. And depending on your skill level or that of your installer (we recommend a professional) your choices of color, sheen and texture are infinite.


  • Sanding
    • Not available with a square pattern
  • End Trimming
    • End trimming enables quick and easy installation without needing a precise cut on the end of the planks since we do it for you.
    • If ordering Micro-Bevel pattern, we can also Micro-Bevel the cut ends to match.
    • Price varies by grade and pattern. Please ask for pricing based on your particular needs.
  • Cut Nails

Pre-Finished Flooring

Are you considering pre-finished flooring? While finishing in place is the traditional method of completing a solid hardwood floor, sometimes circumstances make it very challenging. In the case of a remodel, even with “dustless” sanding systems and low VOC finishes, if you are actively living in the house it can be very unpleasant. Additionally, the logistics of dealing with movement of furniture, waiting for finish to cure etc. can make it a long, drawn out process.

With pre-finished material, once you install a piece, you’re done with it, and that makes it very attractive to homeowners and contractors alike.

We offer pre-finishing through a third party that provides UV (UltraViolet light) cured finishes. Options include UV Cured Oil (very matte) and UV Aluminum Oxide in four different sheen levels – matte, satin, semi-gloss and gloss.

Now you can have the best of both worlds – the beauty and durability of a solid wide plank hardwood and the immediate gratification of a pre-finished floor.

Pre-finished flooring requires milling with a micro-bevel. Next, it’s sanded and six coats of an aluminum oxide based finish are applied. This finish is extremely durable and available in several sheen levels.


Please allow an additional 2-4 weeks of lead time for pre-finishing. We will be happy to provide current backlog when you are ready to place your order.

A clear finish is the most popular selection, but you can also choose from 1 or 2 color stains, wire brushing, bleaching and fuming which means your options are limited only by your imagination. We have a selection of stock colors to choose from.

Aluminum oxide finishes are generally urethane based but have aluminum oxide infused into them to add fantastic scratch resistance. Aluminum oxide is a naturally occurring element and is normally mined in a crystal form and then ground up for products including sandpaper, plastics, sunscreen and cosmetics.

This type of finish protects the flooring in a few different ways. First it seals the wood to reduce the absorption of moisture into the planks which will help control shrinkage and expansion between the winter and summer months. The finish also reduces the amount of UV light the wood absorbs from natural light inside of the home. It provides a very durable finish for high traffic areas or pets.

Microbevel PatternPre-finished flooring generally has a “microbevel”, a small, 45 degree bevel on the edge of the planks approximately 0.10” from edge to edge. This bevel is highly recommended and allows for small deviations in height which would normally be sanded smooth on an in-place finishing situation.

Additionally, a matching bevel is added on the cut ends of each plank.

Your pre-finished floor will have defects removed and the ends of each plank cut square which means it will be ready to install when you receive it. This removes the likelihood of chipped finish, as well as ensuring that the ends will have the same finish and pattern as the edges.

*Other items such as stair treads and hand railings can also be pre-finished to match your floor. Ask for details.

Flooring Finishes at Vermont Hardwoods
Pre-finishing prices per square foot for clear or one of our stock stain colors.

Quantity* Prime/Select Country

251+ $3.23 $4.21

501+ $2.88 $3.83

3501+ $2.81 $3.76

6001+ $2.58 $3.53

10001+ $2.51 $3.46

*Orders of 250 SF or less will incur a $300 setup charge.

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