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Unfinished Or Pre-Finished Hardwood Flooring- Which One’s Better?

by Alex M. Worked as a Business Development Manager

Many homeowners wonder whether to go for pre-finished hardwood flooring? From an aesthetic perspective, it is in our opinion that there is no beauty and warmth of unfinished hardwood flooring that’s sanded and finished on-site by flooring experts.

When you consider hardwood floor installation Los Angeles, you must have a clear idea between prefinished and unfinished hardwood.

Now, the hardwood that you choose is something that you would see, live and appreciate every day. The extra days requires for on-site sanding and finishing is of less inconvenience when compared with several years that you’ll enjoy the new hardwood floors!

So, let us check out the main differences.

Prefinished Hardwood Flooring

Prefinished hardwood flooring has been finished-sanded, stained and coated with polyurethane- in the factory.

All you need to do is install it and it is done.

Prefinished flooring is factory-finished and so each board has been finished individually with sprayed on coats of polyurethane.

Unfinished Hardwood Floor

Unfinished hardwood floor is raw hardwood that must first be installed and then sanded and refinished on site.

Unfinished hardwood flooring that has been treated with water-based or oil-based polyurethane can be buffed and recoated every few years to revitalize the topcoat of poly and remove surface scratches.


Advantages Of Prefinished Hardwood Floor

  • Time- prefinished flooring is really a faster process. Once prefinished flooring gets installed, you can walk on it as well as put furniture on it after it’s done.

However, with unfinished hardwood floors, the sanding process might take some days and then you would have to wait several days to put it back on the floor.

  • Less messy- when choosing hardwood floor installation Los Angeles know that it’s really less mess. There is no chemical smell whatsoever since there are no chemicals being applied. The flooring has been treated in the factory where it is made. 

It is true that the smell from refinishing and applying oil-based polyurethane is intense, difficult to deal with and not at all healthy to inhale.

But with green products being available, you don’t need to deal with harsh smells and or chemicals of an oil-based poly.

  • Cost- prefinished flooring actually costs less when compared to unfinished flooring.

Though prefinished flooring may cost more for the actual material, with reduced labor cost of just an installation, prefinished hardwood floor ends up being less expensive than unfinished hardwood floors.

Advantages Of Unfinished Flooring

  • Appearance- unfinished flooring appears like real wood. Though solid prefinished flooring is real hardwood, it often appears somewhat plastic-like with less noticeable grain pattern.
  • Matching existing floors-if you have existing hardwood flooring in your home, adding unfinished wood flooring is the ultimate option.

You will be able to match the species of wood and an expert hardwood floor refinisher can play with colors and stains in the unfinished wood to match the existing floor.

When considering hardwood floor installation Los Angeles, it depends on you whichever finishes you want, be it unfinished or prefinished. 


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