There are many styles of hardwood flooring on the market today. Between all the different color tones, grain patterns, wood species, finishes, and construction types, choosing the perfect floor can be difficult. One option you’ll have is whether you want to use prefinished or unfinished wood. Prefinished hardwood floors come to your home ready to install and have already been finished in the factory. Unfinished hardwood, sometimes call site-finished wood, is stained and sealed at your home. Here we’ll explore unfinished hardwood and its pros and cons.
What is Unfinished Wood?
Opting to use unfinished hardwood planks for your North Vancouver flooring project means the contractor will be doing the sanding, staining, and sealing of the planks on-site at your home. This process has both benefits and downsides, so it really depends on what you’re looking for in your floors and how important convenience is to you.
Pros of Unfinished Hardwood Flooring
One of the biggest reasons people choose unfinished wood rather than a factory-finished version is because you can achieve very specific aesthetics when the wood is finished on site. If you’re trying to match the planks with existing floors, this is the best way to do it because the contractor can compare the two and use the existing floors as a model. Unfinished hardwood floors also often result in more even surfaces because the planks don’t have factory-produced bevels on the sides.
Cons of Unfinished Hardwood Flooring
Although they can be great for some homeowners, there are also downsides to unfinished wood floors. The biggest downside is convenience. The process takes much longer to finish since all the planks have to be sanded and sealed at your home. With prefinished wood, they arrive ready to install. With unfinished hardwood, you also have to let the floors fully dry and cure before you can walk on them or put furniture on them. This can take days to weeks depending on the floors. Finishing the hardwood on site also means exposing your home to harsh fumes that you wouldn’t otherwise have to deal with if you chose prefinished hardwood.
How to Choose
Seeing as there are both upsides and downsides to unfinished hardwood flooring, the decision comes down to what work best for your home and lifestyle. If done correctly, both versions will look beautiful in your North Vancouver home, as well as increase its resale value. If you’re ready to start your flooring project, call the experts at Floor Coverings International Northshore today and schedule your free in-home estimate!
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