Why Choose Unfinished Flooring?

So you’re looking for hardwood flooring, but you’re debating between Pre-finished flooring vs. Unfinished flooring. The benefits of Pre-finished flooring are obvious, but this article is going to focus on why Unfinished flooring is still a viable option.

Unfinished Wood Floors#1 Reason to Choose Unfinished Flooring

No dirt traps! Unfinished flooring is almost always manufactured with Square edges, meaning each plank buts tightly against the next plank, without any “bevels” or “micro-bevels” to catch dirt. This means that your entire floor will be flat across the entire space, from wall-to-wall. This is a perfect solution to one of the biggest complaints about Prefinished wood floors, which are almost always manufactured with beveled edges, which are notorious for collecting dirt and grime, which is not easy to clean out of those little grooves.

#2 Reason to Choose Unfinished Flooring

A perfect seal! Think about it, when a prefinished floor is installed, each plank is butted up to the next as tightly as possible, and when the installation is complete, the floor is instantly ready to be lived on, which is great! But…

Hardwood Flooring in Florida

If you’re looking for the right hardwood flooring in Florida, here’s some information that you should find useful. Of course, you should leave the ultimate decision up to your local installer, but here is some general information relating specifically to choosing the right hardwood floor in FL.

Solid Hardwood Flooring in Florida

Generally speaking, most Florida homes are not good candidates for traditional, 3/4″ thick, solid hardwood flooring. Now, technically, those of you who have multi-level homes may certainly be able to install a 3/4″ thick solid hardwood floor on the second or third floor of your Florida home. While that is certainly possible, and I have personally done it many times for customers who simply insist on having that 3/4″ hardwood that they grew up on up north, I do not personally recommend 3/4″ thick solid hardwood flooring in Florida.

Buckled Hardwood Flooring

That being said, if you insist on having solid hardwood floors in Florida (and you want to avoid the same problem in the picture above) here are a few factors that will go a long way in preventing serious damage that Florida’s climate (humidity) can inflict on your floor:

Engineered VS Solid Hardwood Flooring

Hardwood Floors are one of the most sought after upgrades for homeowners today. Hardwood floors can add beauty and value to any home. There is a huge variety of different types of hardwood floors available on the market but the very first choice to make when shopping for a hardwood floor, is the choice between Engineered Hardwood or Solid Hardwood. Each has its own set of strengths and weaknesses.

Q. What is solid hardwood flooring?

A. Solid hardwood flooring is always made from one single piece of hardwood. While the great majority of solid hardwood flooring is 3/4″ thick, the thinner solids, such as 1/2″ thick and 5//16″ thick hardwood flooring are growing in popularity. Solid hardwood is recommended for installation over plywood, OSB or other wooden sub-floors. Solid wood flooring is usually not recommended for installation over concrete slabs or areas beneath the surface such as a basement floor. Solid wood floors come in a variety of different woods and finishes. Some of it comes unfinished which gives you the option to choose your own custom color and gloss level, although sanding and finishing a hardwood floor can prove difficult for the do-it-yourself-er. Another option is to buy prefinished solid hardwood flooring that comes completely finished from the factory with several coats of extremely durable finish. Solid hardwood flooring that is prefinished just needs to be nailed or stapled down, and you’re ready to enjoy it right away!

Hardwood Flooring Prices

hardwood flooring pricesIf you are shopping for hardwood flooring, one of the first things you will need to find out is how much that hardwood flooring is going to cost you. We’ve prepared some vital information here which you should read if you are researching hardwood flooring prices. Once you’ve finished reading it, check out our site to get a price for the exact hardwood flooring you are looking for.

Hardwood Flooring Price Variations

Probably the first thing you will notice once you have started shopping for wood flooring is the drastic variations in hardwood flooring prices from one flooring dealer to the next. You may find a particular Bruce hardwood floor at The Home Depot for $3.49 per sq. ft. and then find that same exact Bruce Hardwood Floor at Carpet One or some other retail flooring outlet for $5.99 per sq. ft. Perhaps what is most confusing is when you go online and find that same Bruce Hardwood floor for only $2.89 from a reputable online hardwood flooring dealer.