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Unfinished Hardwood Flooring

Unfinished Hardwood Flooring

Unfinished Hardwood Flooring

Everyone knows the quality and the luster of a fine hardwood floor. It’s one of the first things people notice, upon entering an unfamiliar room which has hardwood flooring in place; when I see a clean, well-maintained hardwood floor, the impression it makes on me is one of well-earned luxury and style. Hardwood floors are classy, without being elitist; they’re almost universally appreciable.

A floor made of unfinished hardwood has the rustic aesthetic that mother nature intended, without the impression of being crude—or somehow incomplete. After installing your hardwood floor, you can add your own finish, or a unique stain, to afford your quality flooring the appearance that you desire without losing its appealingly rustic edge.

Varieties of Unfinished Hardwood

A typical thickness for unfinished hardwood is ¾ of one inch (¾”). This is true regardless of the type of wood involved, with exceptions to the rule being extremely uncommon. Board widths, on the other hand, come in considerably more variation, with no obvious trend correlating the type or color of wood with board thickness; it’s all more or less a matter of personal style and preference (I tend to prefer the look of broader boards, myself, but my own family favors a more slender approach). Major suppliers such as Colston and Clover Lea Plantation offer widths ranging between 2 ¼” and 5”, with those two being the most common.

The two suppliers mentioned offer an impressive variety of pine and oak variations, with other options including cherry, maple, and hickory, to name a few. Their selections range in color through various stages of beige and brown, up through red and orange woods, and on through white and yellow.

How Much does Unfinished Hardwood Cost?

Less expensive than finished hardwood flooring, but absolutely functional and attractive woods, such as white or yellow pine, are available from a variety of suppliers for as little as $1 US per square foot. There is something to be had for nearly every craftsman’s price range, up to options such as Brazilian cherry at closer to $5 US/SFT.

The Pros and Cons of Using Unfinished Hardwoods

Unfinished hardwood flooring differs from other forms of hardwood flooring in that it lacks the industrialized final appearance and durability of a pre-applied finish; while calling for a bit more work during installation, this allows you to choose the appearance that you desire for your floors. Many professionals prefer to work with unfinished hardwood for precisely these reasons, while others argue that pre-finished hardwood floors are preferable: your new floor is immediately usable, and you don’t have to put yourself through the trouble of applying the finishing process yourself. This makes sense to me, but I’m also drawing upon the words of Bob Vila, who—in his blog—describes the process of applying polyurethane to a new floor as “horrifying.” He advises the use of prefinished wood for that reason, among others… including the already-mentioned faster installation, as well as the considerable perk of not exposing yourself or your family to polyurethane fumes.

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Mecklenburg County Towns and Neighborhoods we service:

South Charlotte:
Including Ballentyne, Matthews, Mint Hill & Indian Trail:
The Arboretum on Pineville-Matthews Road,Ayrsley in the Southwest corner of Charlotte, Ballantyne off Johnston road near South Carolina, Barclay Downs by the SouthPark Mall, Beverly Woods by Park Road in South Park, Carmel Village by Carmel Road, Blakeney near Ballantyne neighborhoods, Chantilly around Plaza-Midwood, Cotswold, Dilworth, Landsdowne, Madison Park by E Woodlawn Road and Park Road, Myers Park, Nations Ford,Parkdale, Piper Glen, Quail Hollow, SouthPark, Steele Creek

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