Hardwood flooring has been a homeowner favorite for many years. It comes in a variety of wood species, finishes, plank sizes, and construction types, which is great for having options, but can also make the decision process overwhelming. One type of flooring that is becoming increasingly popular in recent years is unfinished hardwood flooring. It’s a growing favorite among homeowners in Waukesha, WI who prefer a rustic look. Technically, any hardwood can be purchased unfinished, though it’s an especially popular choice for oak, white ash, pine, and other woods that look good with a variety of finishes. Below we’ll explore both the benefits and downsides of unfinished hardwood flooring to help you decide if it’s the right choice for your Waukesha home.
Benefits of Unfinished Hardwood Floors
There are several advantages to choosing unfinished hardwood floors. For starters, the floorboards tend to be more stable because they were sanded after placement. Installing unfinished hardwood also makes it easier to maintain continuity between individual floorboards. If you’re trying to match new hardwood floors to existing ones, unfinished wood is your best bet. Since the contractor sands and stains them on-site at your home, they can more closely match the two different woods.
Downsides of Unfinished Hardwood Floors
One of the biggest downsides to unfinished hardwood flooring is the inconvenience and time-consuming nature of installation. They require sanding, staining, buffering, and coating during the installation process, which takes much longer than if you opted for prefinished hardwood. You also have to wait for the planks to fully dry and cure before you can walk on the floors or replace the furniture, and this can take days to weeks depending on the floors.
We Can Help
If you purchase unfinished hardwood floors, be sure to hire a reputable installation team. The experts at Floor Coverings International do not recommend installing any hardwood flooring without previous experience, but installing unfinished hardwood comes with even more room for errors that can ultimately detract from the final look of your floor. If you’re ready for new hardwood floors, or if you have questions about other flooring styles, give us a call today! Floor Coverings International Waukesha offers free in-home estimates and design consultations in the Waukesha, Brookfield, Milwaukee areas. Let us help you find the perfect flooring that is just right for you, your home, and your lifestyle.
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