Unfinished HardwoodWhen choosing to install hardwood floors, there are a number of decisions you have to make, such as choosing the wood species and whether to use solid or engineered wood. The floor’s finish is an important step many St. Petersburg homeowners forget about until they near the end of their project. It can be a struggle to decide between prefinished and unfinished wood because there are pros and cons to both. Choosing one over the other really comes down to your lifestyle and what works best for you. Here we’ll explore the pros and cons of unfinished hardwood flooring.

What is Unfinished Hardwood?

Opting for unfinished wood means the contractor will sand and seal the planks on-site rather than showing up to your home with ready-to-install wood that was finished in a factory setting. Hardwood finishes are applied to protect your floors against everyday wear and tear, as well as to achieve a certain style.

Pros of Unfinished Hardwood

One of the most attractive qualities of unfinished hardwood flooring is the flexibility it allows you to achieve a specific look. This comes in handy if you are trying to match your new wood floors to existing ones, or if you want your floors to have a certain hue. Your installation team can work with you to create special stylistic embellishments or bring out the wood’s natural inclinations. Your floors don’t have to be confined to the assigned factory look. Another perk of unfinished wood is the planks don’t have small factory-made bevels on the edges, which can result in an extra smooth and even surface.

Cons of Unfinished Hardwood

The most common reason people avoid unfinished hardwood flooring is the inconvenience of it. Unlike prefinished wood, you have to wait for the planks to fully dry and cure before you can walk on the floors or place furniture on top of them. This process can take days to weeks depending on the finish. Site-finished wood also exposes your home to the seal’s fumes, which can be irritating to some. If you want a very uniform look, you might be better off opting for prefinished hardwood flooring. Unfinished wood is more prone to human error because it does not have the control of prefinished wood that is manufactured in a factory setting.

If done right, whichever finishing option you choose should result in beautiful hardwood floors that will add lasting value to your home. If you’re ready to start the process of installing your own hardwood, call the experts at Floor Coverings International of St. Petersburg today to schedule your free design consultation!


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