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Things to Consider
Unfinished vs. Prefinished. Because unfinished wood flooring is first installed then sanded and finished, it tends to appear tighter and more uniform then prefinished. However, because unfinished wood must be sanded after installation, the area immediately surrounding the work environment may become dusty and require cleaning after the job is completed. We remedy this by blocking the airflow into the other parts of your home and by taking the time to clean up after ourselves. Prefinished wood flooring must be micro-beveled in the factory to make the cracks between planking less noticeable upon installation. Although many consumers find this style appealing, this type of flooring tends to be harder to clean because the beveled edges of the wood retain dust particles if not vacuumed.
Width of Flooring. The wider the flooring (6 inches planks for example) the greater the risk of cracks developing between boards as the moisture level changes in your home. Although smaller widths tend to look busier, they also insure that the floor will maintain a tighter, more solid appearance years later.
Wood Grade. Oak, which is one of the most prevalent woods used for flooring, is separated into four grades based on the uniformity of the grains found in each plank. The wilder the grains, the lower the grade. The grades are Select, #1 Common, #2 Common, and #3 Common.