Prefinished Hardwood Floors vs. Unfinished Wood Floors
If you’re installing new hardwood floors, there are many options available to meet all of your functional and stylistic needs. When installing wood flooring, one major decision you will have to make is whether to install prefinished hardwood floors or unfinished wood floors.
Why Install Prefinished Hardwood Floors?
Prefinished wood flooring is hardwood flooring that is already sanded and finished when it arrives at your home. There are many advantages to installing prefinished wood flooring as opposed to unfinished wood flooring. Because it’s already been
sanded, stained, and sealed, prefinished flooring takes less time to install. You can enjoy your new hardwood floors immediately after installation and don’t have to worry about waiting for them to dry. With prefinished hardwood floors, you also don’t have to worry about excessive dust accumulating from the sanding process.
Why Install Unfinished Hardwood Floors?
Unfinished wood flooring, more commonly installed than pre-finished, needs to be sanded, stained, and sealed after installation. In general, unfinished wood flooring is a better option if you plan to install floors throughout the whole house as it provides a consistent color and finish. If you are looking for a new floor that will match existing flooring or trim, unfinished hardwood floors are easier to match with staining. Unfinished hardwood floors also tend to cost less than prefinished hardwood floors.
In addition, unfinished hardwood floors allow for more customization than prefinished wood floors. With custom color staining options in addition to the ability to add inlays, medallions, and borders, you’ll be able to achieve the exact look you want.
Whether you choose unfinished or prefinished hardwood floors for your home or office, both options allow for refinishing—ensuring that your investment will last you a long time. Refinishing your wood floors is a great way to make your home look better without having to completely remodel.
If you have questions about what type of flooring is right for your Maryland, DC, or Virginia home or business, contact Elegant Floor Service. An Elegant Floor Service sales representative can assist you by providing samples of an almost unlimited variety of species and colors of hardwood floors. So whether you’re looking for unfinished or prefinished hardwood floor installation, call us today.