Unfinished hardwood flooring is a growing favorite among homeowners in Southport and the surrounding areas who prefer a rustic look. Technically, any hardwood can be purchased unfinished, though it’s an especially popular choice for oak, white ash, pine and other woods that look good with a variety of finishes.

Unfinished hardwood floors require sanding, staining, and coating during the installation. Completing this process on-site has some advantages and some considerations that need to be weighed before you decide to have an unfinished hardwood floor installed.

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Advantages of Unfinished Hardwood Floors

One of the main reasons homeowners opt for unfinished hardwood floors is that the color of the stain can be adjusted to meet your specific needs. This is a definite advantage if you want to coordinate the color of your hardwood floor to complement other elements in your existing décor, like carpet or antique furniture.

Another advantage of installing unfinished hardwood flooring is that sanding after all the floorboards are in place tends to eliminate any unevenness between individual floorboards making the floor more stable and level overall.


Installing an unfinished hardwood floor and having it finished on-site can be somewhat messy, and takes longer than installing a pre-finished floor. After unfinished hardwood floors are coated, they need to be allowed to cure before they can be walked on. Since the curing process can take days or weeks, if you’re living or working in the home where the floor is being installed, you will need to plan accordingly.

Also, though DIY projects are a popular way to save a bit of money, many steps involved in installing an unfinished hardwood floor are better left to an expert. So, if you purchase unfinished hardwood floors, be sure to hire a reputable installation team.

Get Started Today!

Let the experts at Floor Coverings International Shallotte help you find unfinished hardwood flooring that’s perfect for you and your home and make sure your installation is done right. Contact us to schedule your free in-home estimate today!

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