Site finished hardwood floors are hardwoods that
arrive unfinished on the site, installed, and finally sanded
and finished. Preferences for site finished flooring include a
smooth, gap free, non beveled final appearance. This type of application has been more of
a traditional choice since floor sanding machines became available
for use in the 1920's.
Shown on the right includes some white oak
unfinished flooring being shipped from one our our suppliers. Next,
an unfinished American Walnut being installed in the library of a Pelican Landing resident. The floor was eventually
finished with three coats of satin.
Also shown is edging being done in the Audubon
subdivision of North Naples. Edging is a procedure that
sands the perimeter of the floor or where the larger sanding
machines cannot reach.
Other advantages with site finished floors
include choosing the type of gloss level you prefer. Most all
prefinished manufacturers offer only one finish sheen on their
individual products and product lines. Looking to achieve a color
match with cabinetry? This is another advantage with unfinished
The majority of unfinished hardwood floors are
3/4" in thickness. Considering most of our homes in Florida are
constructed with concrete
subfloors, solid 3/4" products are ruled out in many cases,
unless one chooses the plywood subfloor method. Disadvantages are
noted on this resource page.
An excellent alternative to solid 3/4" unfinished
flooring is Owens Plank.
Owens offers a high quality unfinished engineered product
available in Maple, Red Oak, White Oak, Hickory, American Cherry,
American Walnut, and Brazilian Cherry.
We chose the Owens Plank for our showroom as it
offers the best alternative to solid unfinished flooring.
In our opinion, the benefits exceed solid hardwood flooring in
several ways. Check out our start to finish review of the
Owens plank in our
showroom, or stop in today and take a look at our showroom floor
Refinishing Hardwood Floors