When deciding to install new hardwood floors in your Avon, Ohio, home, it can be difficult to know where to start. All the varieties of wood flooring available today are great, but at the same time the vast number of choices can be overwhelming to the average homeowner, especially if you don’t know what you’re looking for. Here at Floor Coverings International Cleveland West, we strive to take the stress out of the flooring process. One of the decisions you’ll be faced with when choosing a hardwood floor is whether you want prefinished wood or unfinished wood. Here we’ll focus on providing information on prefinished hardwood floors, so you can start shopping with some basic knowledge.
What is Prefinished Hardwood?
Hardwood floors can be delivered to your home two different ways: prefinished or unfinished. Prefinished wood has been sanded, stained, and made ready for installation in a factory setting, and it arrives at your home ready to be installed. Its alternative, unfinished wood, is finished on site at your home. There are pros and cons to both, and it really comes down to what the individual homeowner is looking for in their floors.
Benefits of Prefinished Hardwood
The most commonly listed benefit of prefinished hardwood flooring is the convenience factor. Since the wood has been finished before it arrives at your home, the installation time is minimal. Finishing the planks in a factory setting means not exposing your home to potentially harsh chemicals from the stains and finishes. If you prefer a uniform look, prefinished is a good option for you. The factory-perfected process results in more uniform planks, and therefore a more uniform wood floor overall.
Disadvantages of Prefinished Hardwood
Although it can be a great option with many benefits, prefinished wood flooring has some disadvantages as well. One downside is you are limited to the factory finishes. If you’re looking to achieve a specific aesthetic with your hardwood floor, you may not be able to achieve this with prefinished wood. Unfinished hardwood allows you more creative freedom, as your contractor can work with you to achieve the desired stain color, texture, and finish of your floor.
Schedule a Free Estimate!
If you’re ready to start shopping for your perfect hardwood floors, contact Floor Coverings International Cleveland West today! We offer free in-home estimates and design consultations in the Westlake, Avon Lake, & Avon, OH areas. From the initial measurements to the final cleanup, we are with you through the whole process.
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