Engineered/Prefinished vs. Unfinished Hardwood

Wood Flooring: A Solid Investment

As for most people, their homes are represent their single largest investment. Whether you have been in your home for decades, or weeks, the money you put into your home is an investment for the future, so we find it important to research your options carefully to make sure you are getting the value for your money.

When choosing flooring for your home, there is no doubt that real unfinished hardwood floors offer the best long-term value. The National Association of Home Builders recently put together a “How long things last” report for homeowners and while other flooring usually lasts about a decade, wood flooring is estimated to last for 100-plus years.

Also, in a survey taken by real estate agents, 90% agree that the resale value of a home is increased tremendously, up to 10% more when a home is furnished with real hardwood floors versus a home furnished without wood floors. In the same survey, 82% agree that homes also sell faster with wood floors than homes without, and lastly, 99% of agents agreed that the homes marketability is also influenced by hardwood floors. There is no doubt that real hardwood floors add the most value to your home, and with that being said, we encourage you to make sure you are choosing the most professional company to guide you through the process, whether you are installing a new floor or refinishing one that has been around for decades.

What kind of hardwood floors does Denton’s do?

We specialize in prefinished/engineered or unfinished hardwood floor installations. Denton’s Hardwood Flooring supplies, installs, and finishes any type of hardwood flooring. We can also provide any widths or species of flooring, also, we carry three grades of wood: Select and Better, #1 Common, and #2 Common. As far as widths, anything over 5 inches needs to be glued and nailed to prevent possible buckling since the planks are so wide. We also provide on-site solid 3/4 inch thick wood staining to allow the customer to pick out their desired stain. When ready to begin sanding, we like to get an idea of the desired stain color, we then sand an area and put down a few stain colors so that the customer can pick out what goes best with their home. We only use Minwax stains. We have tried a few other stains and nothing compares to the Minwax stain and it comes in a wide variety of colors. Minwax carries a color chart but we prefer not to use that, we have found that on site staining always works best.  When you call Denton’s Hardwood Flooring, Bobbi Jo or Frankie Denton can explain the different grades of wood in detail to help you better understand or answer any other questions that you may have.

Prefinished/Engineered Hardwood Floor

With the prefinished flooring, we have no control over how the wood will look when we open the boxes and install it. Occasionally, some boards may end up not being completely flush with other boards or there will be a groove in between the boards (otherwise known as a V-Groove), that catches dust and dirt, which can make it hard to keep clean. Despite a few downfalls, some customers find it necessary to install prefinished flooring because they cannot be out of their home for the install and sanding process required for unfinished hardwood. If prefinished is what you desire, you have a better chance of the wood being flush and a better quality if you choose Select & Better grade of flooring. If you choose to supply your own flooring, we cannot guarantee the quality nor can we stand behind the product. Also, we will be unable to price the job until we open the boxes of wood to see the how the product looks and the difficulty that will come with installing the product.

Engineered hardwood is a type of wood that is temporary, similar to carpet. Please do not get mislead into buying the engineered that can not be refinished. Once the flooring is damaged it has to be taken up and thrown away. We end up doing this several times a month. Removing glue down is costly because it is so labor intensive.  Here at Dentons we have option of glue down unfinished that can actually be sanded a few times.

Unfinished Hardwood Floors

Sand on site wood looks much better and has a higher quality finish. It is smooth, unlike prefinished, that has the beveled groove between each board which most customers strongly dislike. The customer can also choose any Minwax stain that is desired. We will custom mix and get the color you want. Also with unfinished hardwood, we have total control over how it will the floor will look as far as color and quality. With the prefinished wood, you will not be able to achieve the same level of customization as you would with on site unfinished hardwood floors.