Hardwood floorsDon’t let the excitement of getting new hardwood floors be overshadowed by the stressful task of deciding what kind to get. Floor Coverings International Moncton is here to help throughout the entire process. From the initial consultation to the final steps of installation, leave the hard work to us!

One of the things you’ll need to decide is whether you want the wood to arrive at your door prefinished, or if you want unfinished wood that your contractor will sand and seal on site. There are pros and cons to both, so it really comes down to personal preference and what works best for you.

Prefinished Hardwood Flooring

The number one benefit for Moncton homeowners who opt for prefinished floors is convenience. Buying your wood prefinished means each board has been sanded and sealed by the manufacturer, and is ready to be installed in your home. Because the wood is finished in a factory setting, there is less chance of human error, and the staining tends to be more uniform throughout each plank. The surface seal is also slightly stronger and more durable when applied in the factory. This causes the wood to be more resistant to stains and moisture than wood that is finished on site.

Unfinished Hardwood Flooring

People who opt for on-site finished (unfinished) wood need to be prepared for a longer installation process. The contractor sands and finishes the wood at your home. You will then have to wait for the wood to fully dry and cure before you can walk on or put furniture on the floors, which can take days to weeks. However, unfinished hardwood gives you more flexibility to match existing floors or obtain a specific color. They also tend to have smoother edges because they lack the small factory-created bevels. Although the seal may not be quite as strong as that of prefinished hardwood, unfinished wood can be sanded down and repaired more easily in the event of damage.

When it comes down to it, the choice between prefinished and unfinished hardwood flooring comes down to what matters most to you. Both types of wood will add warmth and beauty to your home, while increasing its resale value. If the hardwood has been made right, there shouldn’t be any obvious differences. If you have more questions or are ready to get started on your new floors, call us today! We offer free design consultations in the Moncton, Dieppe, Riverview areas.

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