Should I Choose Prefinished or Unfinished Flooring?

By: Nicole Patri


Fast Installation

Prefinished hardwood flooring is good for the homeowner that isn’t undergoing a whole house remodel. It’s also good if the homeowner wants the process and to be done as quickly as possible. Prefinished hardwood floors simplify the installation, color application, and sealing into one step. Usually, prefinished hardwood flooring can be installed in one day depending on square footage.

Doesn’t need to be cured

Prefinished hardwood is dried and cured in the factory. This means that you won’t have to wait for the wood to dry and cure in your home and can use your space immediately after installation, as you normally would.

Lower volatile organic compounds (VOC’s)

Since the prefinished wood is cured in the factory, you won’t have to worry about any harmful fumes in your home.

Less dust

Dust is a huge part of remodeling and something to think about. Since the finished wood is already shaped and sanded, you shouldn’t have to worry about large amounts of dust. As always, you should expect some level of dust in any remodeling project.


Good for longer projects

Unfinished hardwood flooring is preferred when the space is under construction or large renovation to protect the floors. It’s a good choice if you don’t want your flooring to be damaged in any way during larger and lengthier projects.


Many contractors prefer to wait until the end of the job to finish the floor. That way, a dropped tool or a pebble under a work boot can’t mark the finished floor. The flooring will need to be sanded and sealed. Sealing the floor will have long cure times and you will need to be patient before you can resume normal use of your flooring.

More customizable

Unfinished hardwood gives more room for customization. You can choose which stain you want and seal to your desired taste. This is good for people who have a very specific vision in mind for their flooring.


Prefinished floorboards usually have micro-bevels on all edges. These bevels hide slight discrepancies between board depths and widths. Unfinished hardwood does not have these bevels and some homeowners prefer the flush look of site-sanded floors.

Give Almar a call to come out and look at your home. You can contact Almar us on our website. You can always call us (781-826-2577) during our business hours, Monday through Friday 8 AM-4 PM.

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Craig Guido

With 20 years of remodeling experience both in the field and working in collaboration with homeowners to develop remodeling projects designed to fit your lifestyle.