Sunday, October 16, 2011

Pre-Finished Wood vs. Unfinished Wood

Once you've made the decision to purchase and install hardwood flooring in your home, you'll have to ask yourself - pre-finished wood or unfinished wood? Let's take a look at what you're facing...

Pre-Finished Wood Floors 

Pre-finished wood flooring is becoming the mainstream when it comes to hardwood flooring. It is a favorite among home owners because installation is simple and doesn't require a sanding and finishing process, which can be messy and costly. Pre-finished wood flooring typically costs $2-$7 per sq. ft, not including the cost of preparation, installation, moldings, accents, and any other finishing touches desired.

Unfinished Wood Floors

Unfinished wood flooring is pretty self-explanatory. Once the wood has been installed, it must be finished on site. This process includes sanding, which can create a fair amount of dust around the area. Sanding to finishing can take anywhere from a few days to a week, depending on the size of the floor and the other activities and renovations taking place at the same time. The cost of this type of installation ranges from $2-$4 per sq. ft., which typically includes a three step sanding process and three coats of finish. Additional costs include moldings, prep, furniture removal, etc.

The choice is yours! When you're ready to begin, give Benchmark Contracting a call!

Source: WoodFloorsOnline

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