Pre-finished hardwood comes ready for installation in your home. The hardwood boards have already been sanded, stained, and finished at the manufacturing plant. In many cases this can provide a harder, better protected surface.
Pre-finished floors offer s a wide variety of wood species and save hours of labor and cleanup.
Unfinished wood floors allow you to have a custom job – you choose the wood species and its sanded and the stain is applied on site. With unfinished you also have the chance to level the surface of the entire floor after it has been installed.
An extended factory finish warranty is available pre-finished floors, but not with most jobsite finishes.
It is important to know where you plan on installing your new wood floor.
There are limitations on where wood floors can be installed. This is especially true for the 3?4” solid wood floors.
Solid hardwood floors are more susceptible to moisture and are generally not recommended for basements or installing directly onto a concrete slab.