When choosing hardwood flooring for your Painesville home, you have the option of prefinished hardwood or unfinished hardwood. Both have their advantages, and either could be ideal for your home. Floor Coverings International of Mentor is happy to guide you through the benefits of each type of hardwood flooring.

What’s the difference?

Before prefinished hardwood ever reaches your home, it’s been sanded, stained, and coated to prevent scratching and water damage. Unfinished hardwood flooring comes in its natural state, is installed in your home, and then refinished on-site: sanded, stained, and coated.

Prefinished Hardwood Benefits

prefinished hardwood flooringConvenience

Prefinished hardwood flooring is much more convenient than unfinished hardwood. The floors are ready to be walked on as soon as they’re installed. On the other hand, on-site finished hardwood floors take days or even months to set. This means furniture must be cleared from the room, and extreme care must be taken when walking on the floors.


From a budget-friendly perspective, prefinished hardwood is the way to go. The installation cost is actually slightly higher than unfinished hardwood, but you don’t have to pay for your floors to be finished in your home, making the overall price lower.


The chemicals used to finish hardwood flooring can linger in your home. When your hardwood is prefinished, all chemicals have already been applied and long-since dried down. This minimizes the number of chemicals released into the air at your home.

Unfinished Hardwood Benefits

unfinished hardwood flooringUniformity

On-site finished hardwood means that each plank is almost guaranteed to be the same color and texture. There will be no obvious grooves between planks. This is ideal for matching newly installed hardwood to pre-existing hardwood in your home.


Uniformity and quality are unmatched when you professionally finish your hardwood at home. This also gives you more control over the exact appearance of your flooring.


Having your floors finished on-site gives you the freedom to choose the exact finish you’d like. If you’re very particular about color, wood species, and uniformity, unfinished hardwood might be perfect for you. Some uncommon or exotic woods are also difficult to find prefinished, but can be purchased unfinished.

Find Your Perfect Floors in Painesville Today

To learn more about prefinished and unfinished hardwood flooring, give the Floor Coverings International of Mentor team a call! We’re happy to help you decide on the perfect hardwood flooring for your home. Book a free in-home consultation today! We proudly serve Mentor, Painesville, Willoughby, and Cleveland and surrounding areas.

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