If you’re considering installing hardwood flooring in your home, you may be wondering whether to choose unfinished or prefinished hardwood. While both options have their benefits, prefinished hardwood flooring offers some unique advantages that make it a popular choice among homeowners.
First and foremost, prefinished hardwood flooring is less disruptive during the installation process. Unlike unfinished hardwood, which must be sanded, stained, and sealed on-site, prefinished hardwood arrives at your home already finished and ready to install. This means you can enjoy the beauty of your new floors without the inconvenience and mess of a long installation process.
Here are some other reasons why it might be the right choice for your home:
Prefinished hardwood flooring is coated with a durable finish at the factory, which means it’s better protected against scratches, dents, and other types of damage. This can be especially important if you have pets or kids, or if your floors see a lot of foot traffic.
Because prefinished hardwood is finished in a controlled environment, you can be sure that each plank will have a consistent appearance. With unfinished hardwood, there can be variations in color and texture from plank to plank, which can be frustrating if you’re trying to achieve a uniform look.
Prefinished hardwood flooring comes in a wide variety of styles, finishes, and colors, which means you’re sure to find something that matches your aesthetic preferences. Whether you want a rustic, distressed look or a sleek, modern finish, there’s a prefinished hardwood flooring option for you. Creative Flooring Solutions works with a wide-range of prefinished flooring manufacturers.
Prefinished hardwood flooring can come in a variety of sizes depending on the manufacturer and the specific product. Typically, prefinished hardwood flooring boards range in width from 2 1/4 inches to 7 inches, with most falling in the range of 3 to 5 inches. The length of the boards can also vary, with some products featuring boards that are a uniform length and others featuring random-length boards for a more natural appearance. It’s important to note that the size of the boards can affect the overall appearance of the flooring, as wider boards can make a room feel more spacious while narrower boards can create a more traditional or rustic look.
Because prefinished hardwood is already finished when it arrives at your home, you can start using your new floors right away. With unfinished hardwood, you’ll need to wait several days for the finish to dry before you can walk on your floors or move furniture back into the room. In the image below, we moved furniture, installed the flooring and then was able to move furniture back immediately.
Overall, prefinished hardwood flooring offers a convenient, durable, and attractive flooring option for homeowners. If you’re looking for a way to upgrade your home’s appearance while minimizing the hassle of installation, prefinished hardwood flooring might be just what you need.