Unfinished Wood Flooring: Why it can be the best option.
Unfinished Reclaimed Wood Flooring Benefits
In a world of box stores and an overwhelming selection of flooring materials, sometimes it is easy to forget that unfinished wood flooring can offer benefits above the rest. If you are looking for a cheap and fast fix, then pre-finished flooring may be the right choice for the situation. However, if you want something that is still affordable, great quality and will look exactly as you envision, then unfinished floors are the way to go.
Whether choosing heart pine floors or white oak flooring, unfinished hardwood floors allow you to create your own unique finish that suits your interior space. An experienced flooring installer will also maintain any unique characteristics you wish to keep in the flooring. It also allows you to achieve the look of an aged wood floor at the affordable cost of a newer floor. Custom look at affordable price… who could ask for more!
Using unfinished wood flooring ensures you have floors that are highly uniform, stable, and even. This is achieved due to the process of sanding and on-site finishing. Unfinished wood floors also allows for better uniformity in the seal of the floor and finish. This is due to the finish filling in the empty spaces and cracks formed by minutely uneven flooring planks. Pre-finished wood flooring would not offer this extra insurance of a tight seal. The tight seal means you have less of a chance of your flooring shrinking and creating gaps between boards.
If you are remodeling part of your home, it is not unusual to experience hang ups and set backs. A common one is trying to match existing hardwood floors. Finishing your floors on-site whether it is longleaf pine, brazilian cherry or white oak, makes it easier to match the newly installed hardwood flooring to what your home or project currently has. This is because a professional flooring installer is able to match color with high quality staining.
Matching finish is also important to maintain consistency through a home. Flooring finishes can range in ingredients and sheens from high gloss to matte. If one flooring installation has a completely different finish, there will be a noticeable difference between the floors. The difference would be especially prominent if the flooring is right next to each other. The process of sanding has its benefits too. It enables the installer to do borders, inlays, and other customized elements. These are not usually available with factory finished flooring.