We cater to our Tempe, AZ customers through a huge variety of hardwood flooring products and services: engineered, sanding services, tile, stone, carpet and more!
A short guide to hardwood floor finishes
Hardwood flooring finishes can add a tremendous amount of beauty and intricacy to floor surfaces, by making the floor and the ambiance of the room have a more natural feel. This is one of the main reasons that people choose hardwood flooring. A proper finish can also make hardwood flooring last a lifetime.
It’s important to note that choosing the right type of finish is crucial.
Beside extending the life of the floor indefinitely, over time, finishing hardwood floors properly can reduce the need for replacements or repairs. In essence, a proper job can mean that you save money over time.
We get asked by our local Arizona customers how to choose between the different hardwood floor finishes? Take a look at the points below to learn more about how to make your hardwood floors look their best and last a lifetime.
Pre-finished and Unfinished Hardwood Flooring
Pre-finished Flooring refers to hardwood that has been finished at the manufacturing location. The product is purchased and shipped to us, and we handle the installation. The advantage of this type of flooring product is that it is generally easier to work with; you end up saving on the hardwood flooring installation.
Unfinished Hardwood Flooring refers to flooring that arrives at the hardwood installation location. This means that each job can run higher costs, thus needing a larger budget for labor and installation; however, using unfinished hardwood flooring products gives you the ability to have a more consistent finished flooring – increased consistency.
Hardwood Flooring Finishes
Both pre-finished and unfinished hardwood flooring have advantages and disadvantages. We’ll discuss a few pro and cons about each to help you make the right choice. It’s essential to remember that choosing the right finish is as important as choosing the right wood to work with.
Unfinished floors give you the flexibility to choose any type of finish that you desire. Pre-finished flooring gives you some flexibility in this aspect, but your choices may be limited.
What are the types of pre-finished hardwood flooring finishes available?
Available types of pre-finished hardwood flooring finishes are:
- Oil, lacquer, shellacs, varnish, and polyurethane.
One of the more popular choices amongst our customers is the oil hardwood finish. This is a great choice due to its relatively low maintenance characteristics (you should have no problem up keeping and cleaning the new floor). Furthermore, oil hardwood floor finishes penetrate deeper into the wood itself, increasing the strength and durability of the finished floor. This can in turn add years to your hardwood surface.
How do you make the right choice?
Give us a call. We are experts in hardwood flooring services right around the corner and serve our customers in Tempe, AZ with great customer service and an eager team that will help you get the right hardwood product. Get a free quote by calling 623-444-5503 or drop by at our hardwood flooring showroom just around the corner.