About Unfinished Hardwood Flooring
You cannot beat the convenience and price of pre-finished flooring, according to the sales reps at all the lumber stores anyway. Not so fast, as there are definite advantages to choosing unfinished hardwood flooring, especially if you have a specific look in mind for your floors. By staining the solid hardwood flooring boards before finishing them, you can come up with a unique color you could never find on factory-finished floors. Using unfinished hardwood flooring results in a higher quality floor too. The installer can fill in all the empty spaces between the boards, resulting in a better seal and finish on the floor. When choosing the type of wood to use, keep the room's traffic in mind. For a room that does not get a lot of traffic, such as a bedroom, you could opt for old-fashioned, wide pine boards. Pine is too soft for a kitchen, though, so stick to oak hardwood flooring for the first floor of the house. On eBay, you can find a huge inventory of unfinished hardwood flooring. Be sure to get a few samples before ordering the flooring for whole room, and experiment with different stains and finishes to find the perfect, custom-made look for your house.