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Over the years, many of our customers have asked us to explain the difference between pre-finished and unfinished hardwood flooring, and for this we have a simple answer. The trickier answer is in response to another common question we’re asked on the same subject which is “which should I choose” or “which type of installation is right for me”? The answers to those questions usually involve a “well it’s really whatever you want to do” or “it depends”. Depends on what, you ask? Let’s find out!

Pre-finished wood flooring is flooring that has been treated in a factory. This means it’s been sanded, stained- and all that other good stuff- by the time it arrives at your home. On the other hand, unfinished wood flooring has not yet been treated and generally requires additional work following installation. Both types of flooring arrive at your home at least 48 hours prior to installation, so that the wood may adjust to the temperature.

There are some pros and cons involved in selecting either pre-finished or unfinished flooring, however, what may be a pro for some might be a con for others. So to keep things simple, we’ll just lay out some facts:

When evaluating the differences between pre-finished and unfinished flooring, consider time, budget, and your home aesthetic. Planning and preparation by being informed and asking questions before your Baltimore flooring contractor begins work can help to ensure a smooth installation… from start to finish!