Prefinished vs. Unfinished Hardwood Flooring
No matter the species, all hardwood floors need a finish. Whether you choose prefinished or unfinished hardwood flooring often comes down to a matter of lifestyle.
No matter the species, all hardwood floors need a finish. Finishing provides that protective top coat that seals your hardwood floor against damage from everyday wear and tear, moisture and stains. It also highlights the wood’s natural characteristics and beauty. When choosing your floor, you’ll have one more option to consider: prefinished or unfinished hardwood flooring.
Prefinished wood floors have their protective coat applied at the factory under controlled conditions and in the ideal environment for proper drying and curing. With prefinished flooring, you get the additional option of choosing boards with square edge and ends or those with slight beveling, which makes individual planks more noticeable. Unfinished hardwood flooring ships from the factory in its natural state. Sanding, staining and finishing are all done on site after the boards are installed. End and edge treatments are typically limited to “square”.
Both prefinished and unfinished hardwood flooring have distinct advantages.
Advantages of unfinished hardwood flooring
Both prefinished and unfinished hardwood flooring can be sanded and refinished multiple times, guaranteeing a floor that will last for generations. And while prefinished boards generally cost more than unfinished hardwood flooring, you avoid the additional expenses associated with finishing on site.
Armstrong floors are prefinished
Unfinished hardwood flooring is an option in certain situations, but for a faster and easier installation – and reduced stress on the family – your best option may be prefinished hardwood flooring.