Asked on Jul 10, 2018

Unfinished wood flooring or factory finished wood flooring?

Cynthia HShore grandmomNaomie Moore aka baileyanddaisey, Castaic CA


I have some existing hardwood flooring which was unfinished wood flooring that my installer finished at my home over 20 years ago and is in excellent condition. I want to add more hard wood flooring and now there are many factory finished wood flooring. Since the difference is very visible, it is wise to change to a factory finished product or should I keep all the flooring unfinished wood with the installer finishing at my home? I don't want to reduce the resale value since I have plans to sell my home in the next 10 years.

4 answers
  • Vicki Bushert
    on Jul 10, 2018

    If you want to keep the unfinished wood look. Find out what type of wood (oak, for, etc etc) you have. Get the same type that is unfinished have your old flooring sanded down so it looks fresh this should help it all match.

    Im not sure why you would keep it unfinished. It's harder to keep up if you have spills etc. I think it may be better to do what I suggested then have it finished, stained and sealed. Or at least sealed. You would have better resale value.

  • If you can put down unfinished planks and have the stain matched by your installer, that might be the less expensive way to go and have all the flooring the same for a cohesive appearance. Whichever way you choose to go, have all the flooring the same on that level of the home. Does that make sense?
  • Shore grandmom
    on Jul 10, 2018

    Naomie is right to get unfinished and have it stained to match. They might also have to restain your existing floors because they may have faded or darkened with time. Also, making sure that all of the floors stay level is a good suggestion.

  • Cynthia H
    on Jul 11, 2018

    I would try to find the same width planks, and the stain color you want and have the old floor sanded down and stained and sealed to match the new wood. It should match so much better than not refreshing the old wood.
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