Unfinished and Prefinished Hardwood Floors: What’s the Difference?

Are you planning a renovation of your home or business in Auckland? Maybe you’re even building from scratch. Whatever your project, there is a range of tough decisions on the road ahead. From windows to doors, colours and floors, making the right choices can really put the finishing touches on your project. Today we’re going to explore two different options for hardwood floors – unfinished and prefinished and weigh up the pros and cons for both. By the end of this informative blog, you’ll have all the facts to help you make a decision that’s right for you.

Unfinished Hardwood

Unfinished Hardwood is a type of timber flooring that is just made up of raw wood. Unfinished Hardwood won’t have been stained or sealed, and aside from the occasional, minor treatment, this wood remains untouched. Before the development and advancement of timber treating products, unfinished hardwood was the only option available to businesses and homeowners.

The Benefits of Unfinished Hardwood Flooring

Unfinished hardwood floor has a natural wood look – perfect for those who prefer an indoor-outdoor flow for their décor. Some could even argue that unfinished floors have a certain type of character and rustic charm to them. With its already natural appearance, unfinished flooringis great for hiding stains, scratches and marks that appear over time, helping them to blend with the look of your floor.

Unfinished hardwood is a highly affordable type of flooring, making it perfect for builders or renovators on a budget. It is also less common in this day and age, giving you a point of difference in your final design.

Prefinished Hardwood

Refinished hardwood is wood or bamboo flooring that has already been sanded, stained and sealed prior to installation. Prefinished timber is first sanded during manufacturing and then stained and sealed under high temperatures to get the best possible finish.

The Benefits of Prefinished

Prefinished floors can save a lot of time and money that is usually spent on treating your floors once they are laid. Its high gloss and sheen make it look amazing and it is also resistant to stains and spills – a useful feature if you have young children in the home. Prefinished flooring is easily laid over an existing concrete slab, and is perfectly uniform, meaning a smooth and even finish for your floor. Finally, since it’s been treated prior to installation, you don’t have to keep the house vacant for days on end while it dries. No fumes, no worries!

For all your flooring needs, The Wooden Floor Company in Auckland has got you sorted. With arange of unfinished and prefinished options for your project, our experts can help you to apply the finishing touches. Please feel free to give us a call, or visit our showroom to check out our flooring options!