The advantages of unfinished hardwood flooring
At Day Flooring our specialty is site-finished flooring, also referred to as unfinished hardwood flooring, because the product arrives on site unfinished, and it is sanded and finished after installation. These are also known as “traditional” hardwood floors and they offer distinct advantages over factory-finished or prefinished floors.
Site-finished floors are made to look flat, level and seamless with on-site sanding and finishing. Site-finished floors are also easier to repair. The standards for manufacturing traditional hardwood flooring were established over 100 years ago by U.S. manufacturers, making it possible for us to introduce newly manufactured flooring into old floors without any compatibility issues.
For site-finished floors, we now use floor finishes that are ceramic-fortified which compete very favorably with the factory finishes.
In general there are differences between factory-finished flooring and site-finished flooring that are noticeable after the floor is installed. A downside to prefinished flooring, in our opinion, is that the final product looks like a factory-finished floor, with each plank prominently separate from the next. In addition, there are so many manufacturers of prefinished flooring, and they have become somewhat of a fashion product which changes from year to year. This means that when a floor needs repair, or to be extended, it can be quite difficult to find a product that matches it. Therefore, we recommend that homeowners who have prefinished flooring installed, purchase extra product and keep it for future repair or replacement needs.