Floors (No finish-bare wood floor)-This product whether solid or engineered must be
job site finished. This can be a very dusty experience unless a dust containment systems is used. Job site sanding and finishing can take several days to over a week according to
square footage, stains, and number of coats of top finish. Finishes are oil or water based in different sheens. This process needs to be done after ALL other trades have completed their work, allowing enough time to complete the job such that
finishes can cure properly. Today some wood flooring contractors have dust
containment equipment, which takes all dust outside to a container. Using this service will increase the cost per square foot. Maintaining these finish are very important in providing a long life for your hardwood floor products. The cost of this process
vary around the country, but on the average can range from $2-$4 per sqr. ft., which includes a three course sanding and three
coats of finish (oil or water based), with additional cost for prep (furniture and carpet removal), moldings and more expensive finishes.
These unfinished wood floor products come in various thicknesses and
Wood Flooring -These
products are produced in acrylic impregnated, engineered and
solids. They are becoming the main stream of the "new"
hardwood floor products. These new tough factory finishes are
one of the main reason for making this type of hardwood floor
product so popular with home owners, builders and DIY'ers alike.
The other reason is the ease of installation and the elimination
of dusty sanding procedures. These products can cost from $2-$7
per sqr. ft. not including installation cost, prep, moldings and
added accents, borders, and custom work. Typically these
prefinished wood floor products come in various thicknesses and
widths. See Installation methods.