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Unfinished Engineered Wood Flooring

Unfinished engineered wood flooring is a great way to get customisable flooring with the charming look of hardwood, at a price that is right for you. Engineered wood floorboards consist of a hardwood surface and soft plywood base. In the unfinished version, as you would expect, no lacquer or oil finish has been applied during the manufacturing process. In other words the top layer consists of raw hardwood.

This means there is a necessary extra step before you can let foot traffic loose on the floors. You will need to finish them once they are in place. Options for finishes fall into two general categories; lacquer and oil. While a lacquer finish is an extra layer that sits on top of the wood and protects it, an oil finish seeps into the wood leaving the top layer of engineered hardwood with its original texture.

Lacquered flooring generally looks a bit shinier and less natural than oil finish flooring, and is a good option for spaces with especially high foot traffic. With an oil finish, on the other hand, the natural qualities of the wood are highlighted. This is particularly the case if you choose a brushed and oiled finish.

Unfinished flooring is a bit more labour intensive than the pre-finished option, as the finish needs to be applied once the boards are in place – but the time you spend on the extra step is well worth it in terms of customisability, because unfinished flooring is the quintessential option when it comes to bespoke flooring.

Far from being limited to the wood, stain and finish combinations that we have on supply, you can choose literally any match that you want. Say you have your heart set on light acacia flooring with a brushed and oiled finish, but the only pre-finished brushed and oil boards you're able to source are dark-stained oak.

With unfinished flooring, there is no problem. You simply purchase the gorgeous acacia wood you want your floors to have, and apply the stain and finish separately.

Another advantage of finishing the floors once they have already been laid is that it provides additional protection to the joints between the planks. With spills, for example, pre-finished flooring risks the liquid seeping into the gaps between the boards and possibly harming the subfloor. In unfinished flooring, on the other hand, these gaps are protected against spills, making them easier to clean up.

Installation is also extra simple with unfinished engineered wood flooring because you can use pretty much any of the standard installation methods; nailing, gluing or floating floor. A floating floor is probably the easiest because the boards can go right over an existing floor without needing to be nailed or glued down.

Whatever your preferences, unfinished engineered wood flooring means you are going to have a lot of choices to make – and in the end, you will be able to design the customised wood floor that is exactly right for you. Check out the high quality unfinished oak or acacia options below.

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