unfinished hardwood floors in citrus heights, californiaDeciding to install hardwood flooring in your Citrus Heights home is an exciting moment. Not only does it look great, adding a warm and inviting feel to a space, but it also increases the value of your home. There are many different decisions to be made regarding your wood floor before you’re actually ready for installation. One of those decisions is whether you want prefinished or unfinished hardwood. Here we will take a look at unfinished hardwood floors, so you can decide if they’re the best option for you.

What Does “Unfinished” Mean?

When opting for an unfinished wood floor, also called site-finished, it means your hardwood contractor and installer will do the finishing process on-site. They will sand, stain, and apply the floor’s finish at your home before actually installing the floor. Unfinished wood’s alternative, prefinished hardwood flooring, arrives at your home ready to install and was finished in a factory setting. There are both pros and cons to unfinished hardwood, which we will explore below.

Pros of Unfinished Hardwood

One of the most appealing factors of unfinished wood is the creative freedom you have in achieving a specific aesthetic. Since the flooring professional finishes the wood at your home, they can work with you, the homeowner, to reach a certain look (stain color, hand-scraped customization, etc.). This is especially beneficial if you are trying to match your new hardwood floors to existing ones in your home. Another benefit of this type of flooring is avoiding the small factory-made bevels that can often appear on the edges of prefinished wood planks. Although these small bevels are not noticeable a lot of the time, some homeowners like the idea of having an extra smooth and flat floor provided by installing unfinished hardwood.

Cons of Unfinished Hardwood

Even though it has many great benefits, there are also some disadvantages that come along with unfinished wood. The biggest deterrent of this flooring style for many Citrus Heights homeowners is the inconvenience. Since the finishing process is done at your home, the installation process takes much longer. You also are not able to walk on the floors until they have fully dried and cured, which can take days to weeks depending on the floor. Finishing the wood on-site also means possibly exposing your home to harsh fumes from the polyurethane coating usually applied to finished wood floor planks.

Schedule a Free Estimate

No matter which hardwood style you choose, your new floors will add value and beauty to your home. Call your local experts at Floor Coverings International Citrus Heights today to schedule a free in-home design consultation and estimate. We proudly serve the Citrus Heights, Rancho Cordova, Roseville areas!


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