• Choosing Between Prefinished And Unfinished Hardwood Floors

  • flooringGenerally, there are two types of hardwood floors available on the market today: prefinished and unfinished. If you are considering switching to hardwood flooring, you will have to choose between prefinished and unfinished hardwood. Both have their own advantages that you may find beneficial.

    Unfinished VS Prefinished Hardwood Floors

    The primary difference between a prefinished and unfinished hardwood is the presence of the finish or the top coat on the hardwood. This top layer serves as a protective layer to prevent the hardwood from being easily damaged due to daily wear and tear, stains, scratches, dents, and moisture. In prefinished hardwood, the finish is applied during the manufacturing process; while in unfinished hardwood, the finish is applied to your home after the flooring has been installed.

    1. Prefinished hardwood floors

    Generally, prefinished hardwood floor is easier to install than unfinished hardwood because it already has a finished coating that has been applied when it was being manufactured. According to many flooring specialists, prefinished hardwood has higher quality and lasts longer than unfinished hardwood because it has been finished properly, allowing them to pass through ultraviolet light several times. Because of going through a meticulous finishing process, prefinished hardwood has been proven to be more durable and long-lasting than unfinished hardwood.

    Other important benefits of hardwood flooring that you should consider include:

    • Easier and quicker to install because floorboards have already been sanded and finished when you receive them.
    • Ready to use immediately after installation since there is no longer a need to apply the top coat, which requires several hours to dry and cure.
    • No sanding is required during the installation process; as a result, there is less mess and minimal clean up to do. Plus, you do not put your family’s health at risk by exposing them to wood dust, which may trigger allergic attacks.
    • The great thing about prefinished hardwood is that even though they have already been finished, you can choose to sand and refinish them multiple times. This is especially true after several years of installing the flooring when the top coat may have already faded. Applying a fresh coat of finishing will help protect your flooring for more years to come.
    1. Unfinished hardwood floors

    This type of hardwood flooring is sold without finishing. The process of finishing along with sanding and staining is done after the flooring has been installed. Unfinished hardwood is perfect for those homeowners who are looking to have customized flooring. Because unfinished hardwood has no finishing and stain yet, homeowners can freely choose what stain and finish to use for their hardwood flooring.

    Although unfinished hardwood costs less than prefinished hardwood, homeowners will have to pay separately for the finish and stain as well as for the labor fees required to professionally apply them. Homeowners can choose to buy unfinished hardwood, finish and stain from the same manufacturer and also hire them to apply the finish and stain. Homeowners also have the option to buy from different manufacturers and hire different installers.

    Other benefits of unfinished hardwood flooring are:

    • Allows homeowner to easily match the unfinished flooring Myrtle Beach with their current flooring from other parts of the house or with their existing decor.
    • Easy to modify depending on the homeowners’ needs and wants by adding inlays and custom color stains and specific finishes.
    • Allows homeowners to use more exotic woods for their flooring which are only available in the market as unfinished.
    • Similarly, with prefinished hardwood, unfinished hardwood can also be sanded and refinished multiple times after installation to further preserve its natural beauty and continue to protect it from dents and scratches.

    Making the choice between prefinished and unfinished hardwood flooring will greatly depend on the homeowner’s preferences. Prefinished hardwood is more popular among homeowners who are doing home renovations while unfinished hardwood is often the choice of those who are building new homes.

    To help you make a choice between prefinished and unfinished hardwood floors, you may seek professional assistance from Flooring Myrtle Beach.

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