Many homeowners in the Citrus Heights, Rancho Cordova, Roseville area love hardwood flooring for its diversity of style options. It has a timeless beauty as well as many practical benefits. One choice you have in hardwood flooring installation is opting for prefinished planks. Here we’ll explore this type of wood floor and how it compares to its alternative, unfinished hardwood.
Prefinished Hardwood Floors
Ordering your wood floors prefinished means they were sanded, stained, and treated in a factory setting and will arrive at your home or office ready to install. Prefinished hardwood’s alternative, unfinished wood, refers to when the finishing process is done on-site. Like anything, there are both pros and cons to using prefinished wood, which we will cover below.
Pros of Prefinished Hardwood
One of the most common reasons homeowners choose to use this type of wood in their homes is because of the convenience factor. Using prefinished wood planks minimizes installation time because there isn’t anything that needs to be done to the wood before the contractor can start installing it. Unfinished wood takes more time to install because part of the preparation is done at your home. Another benefit of prefinished wood is the consistency of the planks. Since the floors are finished in a factory setting, there isn’t room for human error. You also don’t have to wait as long after the floors have been installed to walk on them, whereas you have to wait for unfinished floors to fully dry and cure before they can be used.
Cons of Prefinished Hardwood
Although convenience is an important factor for many homeowners in the Citrus Heights, Rancho Cordova, Roseville area, others find that prefinished floors aren’t for them. One common reason people don’t choose prefinished wood is because there isn’t as much room for customization. If you’re trying to match new hardwood floors to existing ones, using unfinished planks is the best way to achieve uniformity. This is because your installer can use the flooring in your home as a model when staining and finishing your new planks. Another downside to prefinished wood is many planks have small factory-made bevels on the edges. Most of the time these bevels are not really noticeable, but it can be bothersome in certain cases.
Hardwood flooring has maintained its position as a favorite style for decades. Whether you choose unfinished or prefinished wood floors for your home, they’ll add beauty and an increased resale value to your home. Call Floor Coverings International Citrus Heights today to schedule your free in-home estimate and design consultation!
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