Advantages of Unfinished Hardwood Floors

Harwood Flooring offers multiple benefits as covered in our article "Benefits of Hardwood Floors". Unfinished hardwood floors offer buyers the ability to have more control over their flooring design. You receive the benefits of a greater range of flooring options with multiple colors, design, finishes, stains and styles. Prefinished means the wood planks are stained and finished at the factory while unfinished means the planks are stained and finished at the job site.

Proper planning and preparation before a flooring contractor begins the project is the best way to make sure the project goes smoothly and you get the final result you deserve from your time and money.



Availability and Options

  • Engineered wood floors are most often prefinished and rarely available as unfinished planks. Many solid wood floors come in both prefinished and bundles of unfinished wood planks.
  • Specific plank widths or unusual wood species may not be available in prefinished wood
  • If the space has historical significance or unique architectural style, this versatility may be critical in creating the right look in your hardwood flooring.
  • You can also get reclaimed wood, flooring stock that's made from timbers salvaged from older structures or sunken logs.


Prefinished solid wood floors initially cost more than unfinished wood flooring—about $2 per square foot for a good grade of red oak.

Home Updates and Renovations

  • When adding more hardwood flooring to an adjacent area where creating a match is important. Unfinished wood is the way to go to create the closest possible match.
  • You can even have a stain color computer-matched to whatever shade you want.

Expertise Makes the Difference

Getting a quality job often times relies on the expertise of the installer. Mistakes with the sander or lack of knowledge on how to apply stain or sealer can result in a less-than-desirable outcome. An installer with experience who knows the ropes is often a good investment. Eko Flooring&Woodwork are National Wood Flooring Association Members certified in Flooring Installation and Inspection.

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