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Unfinished vs. Prefinished Hardwood Flooring

As you prepare to have new wood floors installed, you'll need to decide whether you want to use unfinished or prefinished wood flooring. Unfinished wood flooring is installed, sanded, stained, and finished on site. This process of “finishing in place” has the advantage of allowing for customization of stain coloring to match the decor of your home or office building. Prefinished hardwood flooring is sanded, stained, and finished in the manufacturer's own factory. Once prefinished flooring has been installed in your home or office, it's ready for immediate use.

At Gäte Hardwood Floors, we believe that finish is one of the most important decisions you will make when choosing a hardwood floor. ‘Finish' refers to the top coating which is applied after sanding and staining have been completed, and will determine a floor's overall look and long-term durability. A hardwood floor's finish seals the wood and protects it from discoloration, stains, everyday foot traffic, and moisture penetration. Available wood flooring finish options include urethane, oil-based, tung oil, and water-based.

To help you determine whether you should install an unfinished or prefinished floor, we've consolidated the primary pros and cons of each.

Prefinished Hardwood Flooring Pros

Prefinished Hardwood Flooring Cons

Unfinished Hardwood Flooring Pros

Unfinished Hardwood Flooring Cons

The Importance of Choosing the Right Finish for Your Natural Wood Flooring

At Gate Hardwood Floors, we believe that finish is one of the most important decisions you will make when choosing a hardwood floor. ‘Finish' refers to the top coating of a newly installed floor. It is applied after sanding and staining have been completed, and determines a natural wood floor's overall look and long-term durability. A hardwood floor's finish seals the wood and protects it from discoloration, stains, everyday foot traffic, and moisture penetration. Available wood flooring finish options include urethane, oil-based, tung oil, and water-based.

Call Today for Expert Advice & a Free On-Site Quote -- Available In & Near Boise, Idaho

Gate Hardwood Floors takes pride in educating our customers so they are empowered to make the right hardwood flooring choice for their individual needs. Call us today to learn more or schedule an appointment. We offer free on-site quotes for new hardwood floor installations throughout Boise, Sun Valley, Ketchum, Coeur d'Alene, McCall, Moscow, and surrounding areas.

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