When you begin shopping for new wood flooring for your home, you’ll run into a lot of different terms for the types of flooring available. One of these is unfinished versus prefinished flooring. The unfinished option is often cheaper than the prefinished floors, which may make you wonder which is better – are you getting a bargain with the unfinished, or is the prefinished really worth it? It helps to know more about both types of flooring before you make your decision to ensure you choose the right option for you.
For many years unfinished floor planks were the only choice available. These floors need to be stained and finished as part of the installation process, often being sealed with some type of polyurethane coating to protect them and help ensure that they last. This means that while the floorboards may be slightly cheaper to purchase, you end up paying more for installation because they take longer to install, require more effort and need additional materials.
Due to the finishing process, you cannot walk on unfinished floorboards for several days, which often makes them the better choice for new homes, rather than existing ones where families currently live.
Prefinished floors have a factory-applied finish coat already on them when purchased. This explains the slightly higher price than unfinished flooring. They are faster to install than unfinished floors, and can be walked on right away, which makes them the better choice for existing homes. Because the polyurethane has already dried and cured when you receive them, the floors release fewer VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) into your home as well.
Prefinished flooring that comes from a reputable, quality manufacturer has an even, extremely-durable finish that often holds up longer than unfinished wood flooring. This can help ensure a longer lasting floor and potentially a longer manufacturer’s warranty against defects.
Please feel free to ask us any questions you may have about your wood flooring! The staff at My Big Bob’s is happy to help you with questions about existing or future flooring needs.