Wood is beautiful and warm, but if left unprotected, liquids and dirt will ruin the wood. That is why finishes are used. In the freshman years of wood flooring, oils and waxes were used to protect hardwood flooring. The problem with those finishes were that dirt would mix in with the wax/oil and wear down the woods surface quickly, leaving the only option of stripping the existing finish and applying new coats of the oil/wax, an often event.
In the 1960’s, polyurethane finish was developed in Sweden. With this technology of a thin, no wax “plastic” coating, made wood floors much easier to clean, maintain and provided outstanding protection. Since the first “Swedish Finish”, companies have improved the technology to include water-based urethane, safe for installers and homeowners alike (which is what we use, unless otherwise specified).
Solid unfinished hardwood flooring is milled from a single piece of wood. With unfinished wood flooring, any slight height differences on the boards will be sanded flush during the finishing process, creating a smooth, flat floor. Additionally, solid hardwood flooring tends to last longer than prefinished flooring, depending on the initial height of the boards, which indicates how many times it can be refinished.
We also offer solid unfinished hardwood flooring. Any uneven surfaces are sanded down, creating a smooth, flat floor.
Some may prefer an unfinished hardwood flooring option over prefinished material because prefinished flooring has a micro-beveled edge meaning there will be a slight light glare on the material in the grooves between the boards.
3 Reasons to not choose solid wood flooring:
Installing in an area that has little control on moisture fluctuations. Some examples would include a basement, or a cabin that gets heated only partially throughout the year.
Concrete sub-floor; solid woods floors must be nailed down. .” plywood can be installed to the concrete but this obviously will raise the finished floor at least 1 1/2”above the concrete.
Particle board was used a lot as an underlayment. The sub-floor will be plywood or decking which is under the particle board. Nails or staples will not hold particle board in place, so it must be removed in order to install a solid nail/staple down hardwood floor. This sounds way worse than it usually is. Particle board tends to fall apart over time; this makes it easier to remove and is a good reason not to leave it under your new floor. If the particle board is not removed, a floating floor would be the best alternative.
To learn more about unfinished Hardwood offered at Floor Factors, contact us today! We are a trusted architectural flooring resource and can help you select the best flooring choice for your space.