When it’s time to buy hardwood flooring, there are so many decisions to be made. You have to decide which rooms to floor, color, material, plank size and more. Here’s one you may not have heard of: pre-finished or unfinished flooring. If you haven’t had a wood floor installed recently, you may not even know about this option. To make the decision even harder, there are pros and cons to both types of flooring, and it may come down to simple preference. Installation Prefinished wood flooring planks are cut, sanded and finished in the factory, which makes them sturdier, longer lasting and easier to install. They can be installed in as long as it takes to lay the floor, and you can walk on them right away. Unfinished wood floors, sometimes called site-finished, have to be installed, sanded, stained and sealed in your home. Layers of polyurethane can take hours to dry. If you live in your home at the time of installation, this can be an inconvenience. The finish Pre-finished hardwood floors have beveled edges on the planks, leaving tiny grooves in the floor once installed. While some may find that to be a beautiful bonus, others might not like the less-than-smooth finish. This all depends on your preference. The color Pre-finished hardwood comes in a limited range of colors and styles, so if you’re looking for something specific, you may not find it. Having unfinished wood installed, stained and finished in your home allows for nearly endless options. If you’re only installing it in part of the home and you wish to match some other floors already there, unfinished offers you a better chance of getting it just right. A professional installer can do a great job getting the color just right. The color of the pre-finished hardwood may [...]
How to Pick the Right Flooring Company Installing new hardwood floors or refinishing your current hardwood floors is a big investment. Done right, they will bring comfort and joy to your family while increasing the value of your home. With such a large investment on the horizon, it is crucial that you invest some time and energy into picking the right hardwood flooring company to work with. While there are many home improvement projects that homeowners can successfully take on themselves; flooring is not one of those projects. There’s too much that can go wrong and the stakes are too high. We recommend that you choose an experienced professional! Here are just a few things you should look for when researching and talking with flooring companies in your community. Great Customer Service: When you pick a flooring company, you are agreeing to let them make changes to one of the most valuable assets you own. Referrals are always good but make sure you also look at online reviews. Read through the reviews to make sure the flooring contractor has been timely, respectful of your property, trustworthy, and of course, delivers a quality product. Access to Good Product Lines: Make sure your contractor has access to the top flooring materials on the market. Ask the company you are working for about the variety of flooring options that have and make sure to also do your own research on the best flooring products to meet your needs. Experience: Talk to your contractor and make sure they have experience doing hardwood refinishing, installs, repair work, and subfloor fixes. There are so many little factors that can change a job scope that you want to make sure if something pops up after the job has started your contractor will be able to address the problem and [...]
We just completed this flooring project for a client. In addition to putting in new flooring, repairing old flooring, and matching stain we helped this customer take down a wall to open the floor plan up. In addition to flooring skills, our team is skilled in other areas of construction and renovation. Daniel Holyfield, the owner of Highland Hardwood Flooring also owns a renovation and construction company called Paramount Homes.
Hardwood Floors - Something New and Something Old On this job we took the older hardwood floors from the bedroom and reinstalled in the hallway which is open to the living room. We then installed new oak floors with a custom stain to match the original hardwood flooring from the bedroom. A little bit of repurposing and a little bit of new. We love when we can save old hardwood floors and bring them back to the original shine.
Here is a peek at our latest project. A complete new floor installation with a beautiful dark stain.