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Many of our customers ask us whether prefinished or unfinished hardwood flooring is better, and my response is usually that both have their advantages!  From an aesthetic perspective, it is our strong opinion that there is no comparison to the beauty and warmth of unfinished hardwood flooring that is sanded and finished on site by an expert flooring craftsman.  

However, there is no denying that prefinished flooring is a much faster process – you can walk on it right after it is installed…it’s done! With that being said, we tend to think of new hardwood flooring as an investment in your home, and it is something that is going to be there for a lifetime. The hardwood floor that you choose is something that you will see, live with, and appreciate every day, and for those reasons, we feel that the extra day required for on-site sanding and finishing is of minimal inconvenience when compared with the many years that you will enjoy your new hardwood floors! With modern technology, it is possible to finish the flooring on site on the same day without dust or a lingering smell. 

The Janka hardness scale (often referred to as the Janka hardness list) is an industry-wide measurement of the hardness of wood. The test measures the amount of force required to embed a .444-inch steel ball to half its diameter into a material. The more force required to embed the steel ball, the harder the material is.

Many people think that all wooden floorboards are the same. However, this is not the case. Hardwood flooring is available in a variety of grades, each of which has its own unique characteristics and color variations.

At Avant Garde Flooring we are proud to only offer Select and Better Flooring and Decking materials. 

Select and Better

Select and Better grade flooring has little to no knots present, and those which are visible will be of minimal size. The amount of sapwood defects and filler that is present in it will also be extremely minimal, and when filler is used, the color will complement it instead of being a perfect match. There will be an extremely small amount of color variation in the wood pieces as well, which will provide the most uniform end result possible.