Unfinished hardwood flooring is a growing favorite among homeowners in the Vancouver, WA and Portland, OR areas, especially for those who are looking for a rustic appeal. Almost 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.
The Finishing Process
Unfinished hardwood floors differ from prefinished floors in that they require sanding, staining, buffering, and coating during the installation process at your home. Also referred to as site-finished floors, installing unfinished hardwood flooring can be a messy and time-consuming process compared to that of prefinished wood that shows up at your home ready to install. However, there are several advantages of opting for this style. One benefit is the floor boards often tend to be more stable because they were sanded after placement. Installing unfinished hardwood also makes it easier to maintain continuity between individual floor boards. These benefits, however, are often not very noticeable. Arguably the biggest advantage of choosing unfinished hardwood is its ability to more closely match existing hardwood floors in your Vancouver or Portland home. Since the wood is finished on-site, your flooring installer can work with you, in the presence of your existing floors, to match them with your new ones. This is ideal if you want to achieve the best possible aesthetic continuity.
Leave it to the Pros
If you purchase unfinished hardwood floors, be sure to hire a reputable installation team with a lot of experience. Floor Coverings International Vancouver/Portland does not recommend installing any hardwood flooring without previous experience, but installing unfinished hardwood comes with even more room for error. As your local experts, we work with you to find the perfect style of unfinished hardwood flooring that can create the right look for you and your home. Contact us today to schedule your free in-home consultation. We proudly serve the Vancouver WA, Portland OR areas and can’t wait to work with you on your next flooring project!
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