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Unfinished Solid Wood Flooring

Choosing our unfinished solid wood flooring is the perfect option if you have a preferred product for finishing your new wood floor, or if you have a particular shade or colour in mind. We stock a wide selection of high quality floor finishing products designed to seal and protect the surface of your new wood floor, whilst offering a choice of colours and sheens.

Our unfinished solid wood floors have a machined smooth surface, if you prefer a finer surface finish you may wish to sand your wood floor prior to sealing. Our unfinished European oak flooring can be supplied with the knots filled and the boards sanded to a smooth finish if preferred. All our unfinished wood floors can be supplied with a micro bevel on the long edges of the boards or with a square edge finish.

We are always happy to offer help and advice about the best products to use on your unfinished wood floor and tips and recommendations on how to apply them.

If you would like information about how to lay our real wood floors, or how to care for and maintain your wood floor, please download our Hardwood Floor Fitting and Maintenance Guide.

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How to Install Unfinished Oak Hardwood Flooring

By Chris Deziel

Sanding and finishing a new oak floor can produce a glass-like surface.

Despite the ever-increasing selection of hardwood flooring materials available, oak continues to be the standard. It is one of the most abundant domestic hardwoods, and whether or not you stain it, oak blends well with a variety of decor motifs. Many homeowners opt for prefinished floorboards when they lay a new hardwood floor, because it eliminates the extra steps of sanding and finishing the floor, but a prefinished floor has a different character than one that you finish yourself. Sanding allows you to level the boards and create a smooth, integrated surface free of distracting lines and irregularities.

Installing the Floor

Level the subfloor before you begin laying the flooring. Fill depressions and gaps with floor leveling compound, and knock down high points with a belt sander. Irregularities in the subfloor produce defects such as squeaking and gaps.

Lay a moisture barrier. You can choose from several materials that you staple to the subfloor, including tar or kraft paper, vinyl sheeting and clear plastic, or you can apply a paintable plastic coating with a paint roller. The barrier is a safeguard against warping and separation.

Snap a chalk line to demarcate the first row of flooring, either down the middle of the room or against a wall. Lay the first row with its edge along the line and face-nail the boards with pairs of 2-inch finish nails. Drill a 1/8-inch hole for each nail, and separate the pairs by 8 to 12 inches. Cut the last board in the row to fit with a chop saw.

Install the rest of the boards by blind-nailing them -- which means to nail them through their tongues -- with 2-inch flooring cleats. Use a pneumatic flooring nailer or a nail gun to drive the nails.

Install the last row against the wall by cutting the bottoms of the grooves off the boards with a table saw, laying the boards in place and face-nailing them.

Sanding, Staining and Finishing

Sink the heads of all visible nails with a nail punch. Dilute a gallon of latex floor filler with water until it is pourable and spread it over the entire floor with a rubber grouting float. Work it into all the gaps between boards. Let the filler dry overnight.

Sand the floor with a drum sander and 36-grit sandpaper. Run the machine diagonally across the boards to cut down the surfaces quickly and level them, then run the machine parallel to the boards with the same grit sandpaper. Sand the edges with a flooring edger and a 36-grit disk. Vacuum the floor when you're done.

Make two more passes with the drum sander and edger, using 80- and 100-grit sandpaper. Sand the corners that you can't reach with the edger with a palm sander. Vacuum the floor and wipe it with a damp rag when you've finished sanding.

Stain the floor, if desired, by spreading stain with a paintbrush and wiping off the excess with a rag. Stain the floor in sections, brushing material on one section and wiping it off before moving on to the next. Let the stain dry overnight.

Apply a coat of sanding sealer with a flooring applicator. Let the sealer dry, then sand the floor with a floor buffer fitted with a 120-grit sanding screen. Vacuum the dust when you're done.

Apply two or three coats of clear finish, screening the floor and vacuuming after each coat except the last one. Instead of screening the last coat, install a lambswool buffer on the floor buffing machine and buff it.



  • If you prefer no visible nails, glue the first and last courses instead of face-nailing them. If you use glue, don't forget to cut the moisture barrier away before spreading it on the subfloor.


  • It requires skill and experience to operate floor sanding equipment properly. If you're doing it for the first time, consider hiring a professional refinisher to advise you.

Writer Bio

Chris Deziel has a bachelor's degree in physics and a master's degree in humanities. Besides having an abiding interest in popular science, Deziel has been active in the building and home design trades since 1975. As a landscape builder, he helped establish two gardening companies.

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When it comes to choosing hardwood floors, not only can you choose between solid and engineered hardwood, but there are also pre-finished and site finished options. Which is better? Well, each has its benefits.

Let's explore these hardwood flooring finish options in more detail.

Site Finished vs. Pre-Finished Hardwood

What is Site Finished Hardwood?

When you opt for site-finished hardwood, you are purchasing wood flooring that will be shipped to your home unfinished to be sanded, possibly stained, and then sealed and finished with a protective layer on the job site in your home.

The process takes time, can be messy from the sanding - although dustless refinishing is available - yet enables you to customize many aspects of the installation such as:

  • The choice of finish – water-based polyurethane, oil base polyurethane, or natural oil finish (more detail on these choices below)
  • Sheen level – high gloss, semi-gloss, matte
  • Stain colors
  • Custom installation patterns such as herringbone, borders, inlays, and medallions
  • Trying to match exactly an existing wood floor
  • Future refinishing

 In addition, on-site finishing allows you design options such as non-beveled edge profiles.

On-site finishing allows you design options such as non-beveled edge profiles.


Traditionally, you choose on-site finishing for a new construction project when isn't as critical a factor as when you've already occupied the space. After all, it can take a long time (i.e., from 3 to 5 days) to sand and clean the wood flooring, ensure that the environment within the space is set and stable, apply the stain and topcoat (typically 3-4 coats), and wait for each application to dry.

Remember that, during this time, you can't walk on the floors or put furniture on them and the smell of the finishing products may be unpleasant.

Site Finished Choices

Here's more detail on the different floor finishing methods you have available with site finished hardwood floors:

  • Oil-based polyurethane can have an offensive odor. It is expensive and the finish will amber over time. You'll need to have multiple coats applied and the floor needs 3-5 days to dry before it can be walked on.
  • Water-based polyurethane has less odor and costs slightly more than oil-based. The finish will remain clear over time. Although it requires multiple coats, it dries faster and can be walked on between coats (so it can be applied in the morning and walked on in the evening). Furthermore, a commercial hardener can be used to make it more durable for an extra 50 cents a square foot.
  • Oil finish emits no VOCs which means no chemical smells. Of the three options, it costs the most. However, the finish stays consistent over time, it requires only one coat, it can be walked on after 36 hours, and it's the easiest to repair.

Another Site Finished Myth 

One of the myths of unfinished hardwood is that the entire floor gets coated with one smooth coating of finish leaving no spaces between the boards. In a perfect world that would be true, however, wood is a natural living product and will expand and contract during the different seasons.

For example, here in the Northeast during our humid summers, a hardwood floor will absorb moisture from the humidity and the boards will swell. In the winter when it gets cold and dry the boards lose that excess moisture and contract. Once this expansion and contraction occur that smooth finish is no longer a smooth coat.

You can minimize the expansion and contraction by using a humidifier in the cold months and a dehumidifier in the hot months. Ideally, you want to keep your home between 30% - 50% relative humidity and between 68 degrees and 72 degrees. Thankfully these are conditions humans feel comfortable as well. 

Create beautiful herringbone installation patterns with hardwood floors.

What Is Pre-Finished Hardwood?

Pre-finished hardwood flooring has grown considerably over the last fifteen years as hardwood manufacturing has become more technical and delivers more style, design, and performance options. As you might imagine, in the case of prefinished hardwood flooring, the finish is part of the flooring manufacturing process, and the product ships to your home ready for installation.

What that means is that:

  • The floorboards are particularly durable as a result of the aluminum oxide finish and the newly introduced Diamond 10 finish from Armstrong.
  • Installation is faster and easier, furniture can be placed on the floor immediately after the installation.

At the same time, you may not have as many color and finish options but you can add borders and medallions to completely customize the result.

Pre-Finished Flooring Means Durable Flooring 

When the flooring manufacturer finishes wood, it uses commercial processes in a controlled environment to apply powerful chemical sealers such as aluminum, titanium or other oxides embedded in a UV-cured urethane coat which adds the equivalent of the second hardest surface known to man (i.e., diamond) to the finish.

The end result is harder than anything applied on-site. The finish lasts considerably longer and carries a better warranty for the homeowner (e.g., 5 to 25 years vs. 3 to 5 years for site-applied finishes).

>> See Hardwood Flooring that's Scratch-Resistant From Armstrong

Easier Installation with Pre-Finished Flooring

Above you read how involved on-site finished flooring installation is. That's not the case with pre-finished flooring which requires no sanding and staining. Instead, once installed, you can immediately walk, set up the furniture, and start living on your floors, and with lots less mess.

Easier Floor Maintenance

The durable finish on pre-finished flooring means that it's often easier to maintain your floors as they'll be better able to withstand stains, scratches, and the general abuse of daily living. Although refinishing your floors will be more involved (i.e., heavy sanding to remove that intensely hard finish), you won't need to do so for a long time.

To make repairs, you'll need to either replace the problem section or refinish the entire floor.

One of the biggest differences between pre-finished and site finished hardwood flooring has to do with plank beveling

What's Different about Pre-Finished Hardwood Flooring?

Perhaps one of the biggest differences between pre-finished and site-finished hardwood flooring has to do with plank beveling. Often, pre-finished planks have beveled edges unlike site-finished which are square and make edges less visible.

You also don't have sealed plank seams which means that some dirt can get caught.

What About Subfloor Preparation? 

Subfloor preparation is something we consider important to bring up before any kind of flooring installation whether site finished or pre-finished. Flaws and issues need to be addressed before installation. 

  • For height irregularities, sanding during the site finishing can be enough.
  • In the case of pre-finished, you need to ensure that your subfloor is perfectly flat since you don't have the option to sand on-site.     

Nothing beats the look of hardwood floors whether pre-finished or site finished.


The choice of pre-finished vs. site-finished has more to do with your own preferences and goals than whether one is truly better than the other. One provides you with a wealth of customization options whereas the other offers quicker and easier installation.

At the same time, because pre-finished hardwood products are manufactured in a controlled environment, less can go wrong. For example, you won't find foreign particles, hair, dust. caught in the finish. You'll also have many more layers of finish than are possible to add to hardwood floor.  

Finally, the prefinished hardwood manufacturers offer a warranty on the finish that carries value for the consumer.

>> Explore Floor Decor's Guide to Custom Flooring Installations


What is your reaction to this article? Which finish seems better for your home? Does the article answer all your questions? If not, let me know in the comments or contact us.

When you visit one of our two showroom locations in Middletown or Orange, you'll be able to discuss both types of finish in greater detail. 

We look forward to helping you.

Thanks for reading,


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Note: We originally published this article on 09/12/2018, and have updated it.

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Prefinished Hardwood Flooring Review: Pros and Cons

Traditionally, hardwood flooring was always installed as unfinished planks that were then stained and finished with a protective surface layer, right on the worksite. But since the introduction of prefinished solid hardwood during the 1940s, this newer form of flooring has become increasingly popular, and today you may find that it's easier to find than traditional unfinished hardwood planks. Especially at big-box retailers, there will likely be a very good selection of prefinished solid hardwood flooring in different species and different stain finishes.

There are certain advantages to purchasing and installing this prefinished hardwood flooring, as well as several drawbacks. Consumers should understand both the pros and cons of this form of flooring when making decisions.

It is important to note that the advantages of prefinished hardwood flooring apply mostly to solid hardwood products. Engineered hardwood flooring, which is also sold in prefinished form, is engineered with a relatively thin layer of hardwood bonded over core layers of plywood or particleboard. It lacks some of the advantages of the solid prefinished hardwood flooring described here.

Prefinished Hardwood Flooring Cost

Prefinished hardwood flooring typically costs between $6 to $12 per square foot for materials and installation. It is the unusual hardwoods that tend to be quite expensive. These prices make prefinished hardwood more expensive than unfinished hardwood, though remember that you will save the time and expense of sanding, staining, and finishing the planks.

Maintenance and Repair

When the factory applies the finish treatment to the wood, they are able to use very powerful chemical sealers, which are applied by commercial processes that are not available to on-site installers. Typically, this consists of aluminum oxide crystals embedded in a UV-cured urethane coat. While site-applied finishes are normally warranted for 3 to 5 years, factory-applied treatments may have warranties of 5 to 25 years or more.

Because the surface seal is stronger and more durable when it is applied at the factory, the maintenance of these floors is easier. They tend to be slightly more impervious to stains, moisture, and other discolorations than floors that are finished on-site. In addition, the longer-lasting finish means that you will not have to go through the time, mess, and expense of getting the floors refinished a few years later.

Eventually, though, the surface seal will start to fade, scratch, and discolor slightly. Because of the thick nature of the prefinished topcoat, refinishing requires extensive sanding to reach the natural hardwood again. This cuts down on the thickness of the floor planks and limits how many times you can then refinish the floor in the future.

With site-finished floors, when a piece of wood becomes damaged, you can often repair it by sanding smooth the imperfection. On a prefinished floor, however, the thick seal layer means that when a section of flooring becomes damaged, the only way to repair it is to either sand the finish off of the entire floor or remove and replace the broken section.


A good-quality prefinished solid hardwood floor has all the prestige of site-finished hardwood. Any hardwood floor generally adds real estate value to a floor, especially when compared to look-alike "wood" products, such as laminate flooring. Often, though, factory prefinished wood planks will have beveled, slightly rounded edges. This gives the wood plank a more finished and slightly manufactured look. This can be great for the style of some interiors, but it may not look the same as standard hardwood planks with full, squared edges already installed in other rooms. Knowledgable eyes usually can distinguish between a prefinished floor and a site-finished installation.

With hundreds of options available, there really is no decor limitation when it comes to choosing prefinished solid hardwood flooring

Prefinished Hardwood Flooring Installation

Installation of prefinished solid hardwood flooring planks is similar to that for unfinished hardwood—which means it requires special tools, such as a power floor nailer or pneumatic stapler. This flooring material is generally nailed down to the subfloor with finishing nails or staples driven at an angle along the tongues or the edges of the planks. This is a more complicated installation than the glue-down method that is sometimes used for engineered hardwood flooring, and it's the reason why most people choose to have professionals install prefinished hardwood.

But a prefinished hardwood floor installation does have one advantage since there is no need for the sanding, staining, and varnishing process needed for unfinished hardwood. Sanding is a messy procedure that fills the room with wood dust, which then has to be thoroughly cleaned. Hours or even days may be required for finishes to dry between coats. And after that, the finish can leave a residual odor in the air, requiring weeks to dissipate. By contrast, prefinished floors are ready to go immediately after they are installed.

With a site-finished floor, you install the material and then sand it flat. This allows you to remove any height irregularities which may exist due to an uneven subfloor. But with prefinished materials, there is no sanding process, so the actual surface of the installation will reflect any below-surface flaws that may be present. Therefore, a perfectly flat subfloor is essential to ensure a smooth surface.

Top Brands of Prefinished Hardwood Flooring

Most manufacturers of hardwood flooring products offer some prefinished solid hardwood options, although some product lines—and sometimes an entire company— may be devoted to engineered hardwood flooring, not solid hardwood. The most popular brands for prefinished solid hardwood flooring include:

Bruce: This is the wood flooring arm of flooring giant Armstrong. Bruce offers a massive selection of more than 200 prefinished solid hardwood options, as well as more than 100 engineered hardwood products. Bruce is widely available at the big-box home improvement retails.

Lumber Liquidators: This discount flooring retailer offers a surprisingly large selection of more than 150 options for prefinished solid hardwood flooring. Quality can be a little questionable sometimes, but with dozens of good offerings selling at $2 per square foot, a bit more waste is acceptable.

Comfort and Convenience

With prefinished flooring, you get all of the advantages of the factory-applied extra-durable surface seal, plus the look, beauty, and feel of natural hardwood. At the same time, you also always have the option later on of sanding down past the factory-applied coat to reveal the natural wood. It can then be treated with any of the basic on-site finishing techniques.

Because the material is finished at the factory, a sealing agent is not applied to the lines between the planks when they are installed. This creates slightly beveled grooves between boards, which can trap dirt and grime. The seams also may be susceptible to water penetration, which can cause rot or mold to grow beneath the surface of the floor.

Prefinished vs. Engineered Hardwood Flooring

Engineered hardwood flooring, which is made from a thin layer of solid hardwood bonded to a core of plywood or particleboard, is the leading rival to prefinished solid hardwood. It has several things going for it, including ease of installation (it can be glued down) and lower prices. But it had one major drawback: Engineered hardwood cannot be repeatedly sanded down and refinished. Hence, life expectancy is considerably short than for prefinished solid hardwood.

Is Prefinished Hardwood Flooring Right for You?

Overall, the advantages of prefinished solid hardwood flooring will outweigh the drawbacks for most homeowners. Hundreds of options exist for wood species and colors, and DIYers willing to tackle the work will find it much more friendly since there is no sanding and finishing required. Good quality products lend the same elegance and improved real estate value as site-finished hardwood floors.

The Spruce uses only high-quality sources, including peer-reviewed studies, to support the facts within our articles. Read our editorial process to learn more about how we fact-check and keep our content accurate, reliable, and trustworthy.

  1. "Learn How Much It Costs To Install Wood Flooring.". Homeadvisor, 2021, https://www.homeadvisor.com/cost/flooring/install-wood-flooring/.

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“Why Hardwood Flooring is the Best Choice in Houston”

Is your home prepared for new ground surface in the Houston, NC region? If you go back hundreds of years, introducing hardwood flooring in your house is the best decision for your home in the Houston, North Carolina area. Imperishable and flawless, the wide accumulation of hardwood species makes it possible to find the perfect style for any look or lifestyle.

Just some samples of the benefits of picking hardwood flooring are its style and quality. Wood floors is a phenomenal look that is and will reliably be notable ensuring your new project will stand the trial of time. Hardwood Floors are known for its sturdiness and can confront the traffic of regular day to day existence’s eroding and wear. When your floors are kept up precisely, hardwood floors can last you your whole lifetime!

Here are only a portion of the upsides of choosing Hardwood Flooring for your home:

  • Hardwood adds magnificence and warmth to your home
  • It will upgrade your home and gives an extraordinary profit for your venture
  • Offers many structure adaptability and plans
  • Doesn’t hold residue, dust, or most different allergens
  • Extremely low upkeep
  • Increases room stylishness and dependable beauty

In the present market there are various choices to peruse in an assortment of styles, hues, and plans. You can choose from Unfinished Solid, Prefinished Solid, Unfinished Engineered, or Prefinished Engineered in a wide scope of all sorts of wood species. Consider a Colorful Species like Brazilian Walnut, Tigerwood, Brazilian Teak, Brazilian Cherry, Acacia or go with a Domestic Species that include assortments like Oak, Maple, Hickory, or Walnut for your home.

When you think about the toughness, added allure to your home, various determinations of design and looks, low upkeep, and the increased value of your home, hardwood flooring is the best and most extraordinary decision to make for your new floor that will be persevered through a lifetime!

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Solid vs. Engineered Hardwood Floors. What's the Difference?

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