The History of Prefinished Wood Flooring
By Catherine Liewen – Hardwood Floors Magazine – October/November 2007
When factory-finished floors first appeared in the U.S. hardwood flooring market, they were seen as a novelty. Back in the early days, there were only a handful of factory-finished flooring manufacturers and products available, and few homes had the flooring installed. But times have changed, and the hardwood flooring market has reflected changes in American culture. Today, consumers want choices and convenience, and factory finished flooring meets those demands. As a result, the factory-finished market has proliferated into a booming market with a multitude of manufacturers offering a vast array of colors, styles and sizes. Over the past half-century, factory-finished flooring has evolved from its modest beginnings to a major market force. Following are highlights from along the way.