Unfinished wood floors have been around since the turn of the last century and although with today’s “comfortization” trend they lost ground to prefinished flooring, they still prove to be a valid choice.
Unfinished wood floors actually miss out on the last steps of the finishing process, namely those of sanding, staining, buffing and coating.
So this automatically means that when installing unfinished hardwood flooring in your home or commercial space, you will have twice more work to do afterwards. And anyone that tried sanding, staining, buffing and coating knows just how time consuming and sometimes downright annoying these processes are.
Unfinished Hardwood FloorThis counts as the biggest disadvantage that unfinished hardwood flooring have in the competition with their prefinished brethren.
Still, there are several advantages s well. Some installers prefer unfinished hardwood flooring, because it’s satisfying for them to do all the work themselves.
They feel relieved, but also proud at the end, because it’s THEM that put all the work into making the floor look as good as it is now, not some guys at a factory.
So if do-it-yourself is your thing and you think you could take it as a hobby and not as a choir, maybe unfinished hardwood flooring would be more suitable for you.
Another advantage is the control that unfinished wood floor give you over pigment, shine and grain. Basically, you can do a lot of tweaking on an unfinished wood floors, regardless if this tweaking has a design or a practical purpose.
Other times, the unfinished wood floor is not merely an option, it’s the only choice available. Say you have 2 connected rooms with hardwood floor installed and one of the rooms needs a total facelift of the floor.
Replacing it in that particular room with the same kind of prefinished floor it had before is pretty hard and sometimes it’s downright impossible to find the same colors, grains and coatings. If you install an unfinished wood floor however, you will be able to mimic the colors and grain in the other room.
Last but not least (and this is something that is often brought up into play), unfinished floors will be more stable and even than prefinished ones, particularly because of the on-site sanding.
This might not be extremely important with small households, but in a larger commercial space that handles a lot of traffic, over time it proves invaluable that the wood is more stable and solid.
Speaking of wood, most unfinished hardwood are made from domestic species, especially oak. Red and white oak have a coarse grain pattern and a bright color which makes them ideal for rooms that could do with a little shine.
But your choices won’t be limited to these species, obviously. Actually, unfinished hardwood flooring offers a larger variety than prefinished ones, which could prove to be yet another factor in your choice.
So if you’re looking for good customization, stability and uniformity at the cost of a longer installation time, unfinished wood floors are definitely worth a shot.
However, note that the entire process of installing unfinished floors will be a lot more costly, seeing how you’ll also have to buy or rent some specific tools for sanding, buffing and so forth.
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