Hardwood flooring Options are Abundant at Floors for Less
Hardwood flooring: finished or unfinished? In the past, all hardwood flooring was delivered in an unfinished state. Once the planks were installed, craftsmen would come in and apply various types of stains and varnishes, resulting in the warm, comforting appearance that makes hardwood so popular.
Today, however, homeowners and business owners have the option of purchasing either finished or unfinished hardwood flooring. Deciding on which is the best choice can be difficult in some cases. Here are some tips from Floors for Less to help you make the right decision.
Hardwood flooring Options at Floors For Less
Unfinished hardwood flooring
These products are exactly as they sound. The planks have no stain or varnish on them and are, essentially, bare wood. Buyers rarely want to keep the planks in this natural state, so they will need to hire services from the professionals at Floors for Less to come and finish the floor on-site, using the stains, paints, or varnishes that the buyer desires.
The process of going from unfinished to finished is labor intensive. The unfinished hardwood will need to be sanded down, using a variety of sandpaper grits, until it is completely smooth and without blemish. Only then can stains or varnish be applied.
The application of stain or varnish onto the unfinished hardwood can be tricky and is often best left to professionals. This is a process, often requiring more than one coating of product. In some cases, light sanding may be required between applications.
Between applications, the floor must be allowed to dry completely, which can take days—longer in humid areas. Depending on the square footage, the whole process, from installing the hardwood to final drying day, can take, at minimum, a few days up to a week.
Finished hardwood flooring
As the name implies, these hardwood floors come ready for installation and use from the manufacture. Finished flooring is by far the more popular choice today as it does not require any surface preparation (sanding, staining, etc.) This is the main benefit to buying finished hardwood.
Another benefit, however, is the huge selection of finishes readily available. Consumers can find virtually any type of finish that they desire, from high-gloss to satin, and everything in-between. These pre-applied finishes are tough, durable, and easy to clean.
Want to know more about hardwood flooring options? Visit Floors for Less if you live in the Charlotte, NC area and see our fine selection hardwood products.
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If you live in the following locations, Floors For Less is committed to giving you the best advice and hardwood flooring for your home. Hardwood flooring is very popular in Charlotte, but that trend reaches many of the surrounding communities. This is because hardwood floors don't know any boundaries. If you need a quote for some new hardwood floors in or around Charlotte, give Floors for Less a call and we'll come out to give you a free estimate.
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