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Information regarding unfinished & finished solid hardwood flooring

Now that you’ve more seriously considered solid hardwood flooring, you may be wondering about a couple of terms you’ve heard. Some materials are unfinished, while others are finished, and you should know the differences between the two to make a more educated decision. The end result is only slightly different, but knowing exactly what to expect can make a big difference. So let’s find out exactly what you need to know.

Unfinished flooring is raw wood that comes right from the mill. The sanding and finishing of the material happen in your home as opposed to in the factory, and gives you nearly unlimited control over the design of your flooring. You’ll get increased options concerning stains, styles, designs, and finishes, and can even make use of reclaimed or salvaged timbers. If you have your heart set on a very specific stain color, it can be computer-matched to create any shade, which is then applied right in your own home.

These unfinished materials install flush against one another, with no beveled edges and no lines to be seen in between the boards. Your flooring will be smooth and completely flat and very artistic.
Gorgeous hardwood flooring in Asheville, NC from Arbor Zen Hardwood Floors
Prefinished solid hardwood, on the other hand, is finished before it ever leaves the factory, going through several stages of the process. By the time it reaches your home, it has already gone through finishing, sanding, staining, and has been coated with polyurethane already. You still have extensive options for colors and stains, though not nearly as many as what you’ll get with unfinished materials. These pieces offer a quicker installation time and usually come with more extensive warranties, straight from the manufacturer.

With prefinished materials, there are no smells; no waiting for stains to dry, and you can walk on it as soon as the installation is finished. Lines between boards are visible, so these floors are not 100% flat.

Arbor Zen Hardwood Floors specializes in customer satisfaction in hard surface flooring. We invite you to stop by our Black Mountain, NC showroom, where you’ll get to see extensive varieties of your favorite flooring. Our flooring specialists will help you find a product that fits your requirements and make sure you have all the necessary services to bring your project to a satisfactory completion. We currently serve the areas of Ashville, NC, Swannanoa, NC, Hendersonville, NC, and Waynesville, NC, and we’re more than happy to assist you as well.