carmel unfinished hardwood flooring

Hardwood flooring has been a favorite in homes across the Carmel, Fishers, Zionsville, McCordsville, Westfield area for years. When it comes to natural beauty and classic elegance, few other types of flooring can compare. One of the things you’ll have to choose when purchasing hardwood floors is if you want prefinished or unfinished wood. Below we’ll explore the qualities of unfinished hardwood flooring and how it compares to its alternative.

Unfinished Hardwood

The nature of this type of flooring is exactly what its name implies. The wood arrives at your home unfinished, which means it is sanded and stained on-site. Alternatively, prefinished hardwood flooring arrives ready to install and was finished in a factory setting. There are pros and cons to both types, and the decision mostly comes down to personal preference and what best suits your lifestyle.

Pros of Unfinished Hardwood Flooring

One of the most common reasons people opt for unfinished wood is that it allows you a great deal of flexibility to customize the look of your floors. Since the contractor sands, stains, and finishes the wood on-site at your home, they can work with you to achieve a certain aesthetic. Unfinished hardwood is the best option if you’re trying to match your new wood floors to existing ones. Although it’s not always noticeable, unfinished wood floors sometimes result in a more even and smooth surface because prefinished hardwood has factory-created bevels on the sides of the planks.

Cons of Unfinished Hardwood Flooring

If you were to consult a flooring expert, one of the first drawbacks of unfinished hardwood they’d most likely mention is inconvenience. The installation process takes much longer with unfinished wood floors than it does with prefinished. You also have to wait for the wood to fully dry and cure before you can walk on the floors, which can take days to weeks. Anther downside is your home is exposed to harsh fumes of the polyurethane coating when installing unfinished hardwood.

Whether you choose prefinished or unfinished hardwood flooring, both will add beauty to your home and increase its resale value. If you’re ready to start looking for the perfect floors for you, we are ready to help. Contact the experts at Floor Coverings International of Carmel today! We offer free in-home estimates and design consultations in the Carmel, Fishers, Zionsville, McCordsville, Westfield areas.

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