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Pre-Finished Hardwood Flooring Vs. Unfinished

Hardwood flooring comes in a variety of styles and materials. It is often chosen for its classic look, durability and ability to be fixed. These characteristics are offered by both pre-finished and unfinished hardwood flooring, but they differ in some important ways. However, you just can find the perfect choice for your house with a little shopping around.

Before determining what kind you will choose, whether it is prefinished or unfinished hardwood flooring, it is much better you determine the areas of your home where you want the hardwood flooring to be installed. Determine the square footage by simply measuring the areas. If you are remodeling, while standard 3/4 –inch-thick flooring would require you to change or trim the doors in the room, you may find that a 5/16-inch or 3/8 inch engineered flooring product will fit. You may also want the structural stability of a ¾-inch product in other instances. When pre-finished is installed, the project is complete, because it has the polyurethane coating already applied. In another hand, sanding and coating after installation are all required by unfinished flooring. Take a note about this into your consideration. The stain color should be considered if you are buying a pre-finished product; a pre-finished product comes already stained, while unfinished floors are stained after installation.

One thing that you should have taken into consideration about pre-finished vs. unfinished hardwood flooring is deciding if you will install the flooring it yourself or hire an installer. Flooring comes in varieties that can be glued, nailed or even affixed with an adhesive tape’s pre-attached strips. Rather than standard unfinished nail-down flooring, a pre-finished glue-down product is easier for a novice. Before ordering the materials, you should have consulted with your installer first. A waste factor is involved on flooring that varies with room geometry and the type of product. It is ok becuase 15 to 25 percent waste is approximately expected. Also, make sure that the installer and you have agreed upon the amount of material needed for the job. Check out the various products and comparing prices are also important by shopping at several home centers or suppliers. Once you have found the best supplier, do not forget to order glue, nails or any other material needed.

Pre-Finished Hardwood Flooring Vs. Unfinished

Comparison and Consideration


The finishes of pre-finished hardwood floors are virtually perfect because they usually have several factory-applied coats of finish. Unfinished hardwood floors make an even finish difficult to achieve because they require sanding and finishing on site.


Pre-finished hardwood floors are done when they are nailed in. On the another hand, unfinished floors must be sanded and finished though they are also nailed in, takes the same length of time as pre-finished floors.


Because pre-finished hardwood floors have so many layers of finish, they can be refinished. However, to get the finish off evenly, it takes a lot longer than unfinished floors, which can be refinished much more easily and quickly because they usually have a thinner finish.


Pre-finished hardwood floors often have beveled edges along their top. In V-shaped, a small groove is formed that traps dirt and some people may find that unsightly when these beveled edges are placed together. Unfinished hardwood floors usually leave no gap between the boards to catch dirt because they are sealed in place.

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