let’s talk: HARDWOOD FLOORING
Over the past two weeks we have been working on NEW FLOORS for Project H. The plan is hardwoods throughout the entire house except the bathrooms, laundry room and man cave. Right now, they are working on the upstairs. We knew we wanted hardwoods but we did not know if we wanted pre-finished hardwoods or unfinished. We did some digging on both options and here is what we found.
So, as we do, let’s talk Real Estate, let’s talk HARDWOOD FLOORS – PRE-FINISHED vs UNFINISHED…
Here are some key things to take into account.
You can walk on your new floors immediately. It is also a much shorter install time. The guys come in, fix any subfloor issues, install the new floor and they are done!
You have to wait WEEKS before you can walk on your newly stained floors. With unfinished hardwood, the guys come in, address any subfloor issues, lay the floor, sand the floor, seal the floor, stain the floor, apply polyurethane to the floor, and address any issues with this process along the way.
Point for pre-finished here!
TOXINS + ODORS
The staining takes place in a workshop so you do not have to worry about breathing any of it in.
The curing of each coat of stain takes place in your home. If you are living there during this time, you will breathe in the VOCs (volatile organic compounds) which are stinky but have also been proven to be carcinogens.
Another point for pre-finished here!
Finishes and stains are done in a factory so you do not have to worry about dust and dirt getting stuck in the coats while the floors are drying.
You have to be extra careful to ensure no dust or dirt touches the wet floors before they dry. Otherwise, you could have the dust trapped in the floor for a lifetime.
Another point for pre-finished here!
Typically cheaper overall because of the less intensive labor involved.
While the supplies are typically cheaper, the labor here can rack up your bill.
This is a big TBD depending on the type of floor you want and the finish you choose, for us I think it would have been pretty close to even on cost based on the floors we chose and the group we are working with to install them.
FINAL FINISHED LOOK
More controlled and typically flawless BUT you do run the risk of it looking “fake”. I would recommend making sure the pre-finished hardwood you select has some character to keep it more “authentic” looking. Here is a link to the wood we chose! Our goal was to create a homey atmosphere and luckily dark floors are coming back in style in 2021.
I think unfinished can look more “authentic” and provide more character BUT it has to be done correctly. It also gives you the flexibility to decide which stain color you like best. A lot of times, contractors will install the unfinished floor, work not he rest of the houses and stain the floors at the end of the project. I think that is awesome because you can adjust the color of the stain based on how the rest of the house looks.
I definitely want to try this eventually but for now we went with pre-finished!
Overall here are my thoughts on what to choose – if you are doing a live in renovation – pre-finished is the way to go. It is much less time consuming, and you don’t have to worry about messing up the floors in the process. If you are building a home while living elsewhere, or are super specific about the look you are going for, then unfinished may be the route for you! Curious on your thoughts – do you prefer pre-finished or unfinished for hardwoods?! And why?! Let us know!
p.s. LET’S CONNECT ON SOCIAL MEDIA
p.p.s. If you are comfortable would you mind leaving me a review?! Would love to know how you are liking this blog or if you have enjoyed working together!
Google Business Page
All data and information provided in this email is for informational purposes only. This email makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, suitability, or validity of any information and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.
Opinions stated here are my own and not the views of eXp Realty.
Data Sources for Today’s Content:
Me – This is based on my own personal experiences & opinions