How do you Protect Hardwood Floors?
One of the first decisions you will have to make after deciding you are installing wood floors in your home is if you will go with a pre-finished or unfinished option. The majority of wood floors are pre-finished; but the final decision will depend on the wood species, the conditions it will be exposed to and your preference. The biggest convenience of a pre-finished product is that it is easier to install. On the other hand, the initial investment in the unfinished floor is less. Although unfinished floors cost less in the beginning, there is a finishing increase in labor costs that can make the installation a little more expensive in the long run. Both alternatives have pros and cons you need to weight out before making any purchase.
Advantages of Unfinished vs. Pre-Finished Flooring
A good finish brings out the beauty of a floor, protects it and make it easier to clean, but if you are still debating which is the way to go with your wood flooring, learn here about other advantages of unfinished vs. finished.
Advantages of Unfinished Flooring
- Wood floor is more easily matched to existing floors or trim
- Can even out minor leveling issue in the sub-floor
- Helps maintain the architectural and historical integrity of a home
- Gives you the opportunity to select the look you want
- Sanding ensures floor is smooth and even
Advantages of Pre-Finished Flooring
- Installation takes less time
- No need to wait on the stain to dry… the floor can be enjoyed sooner
- Floor is inspected for defects at the mill
- Factory finishes are guaranteed to last for a specified period
- More durable in high traffic areas
For more information about hardwood floor finishes, contact Carpet N' Drapes Carpet One Floor & Home or stop by our stores in Jacksonville and Orange Park, FL.