Raw Vs. Prefabricated Hardwood Floors

When it comes to flooring, hardwood is extremely popular. It is a desirable product that can be used in just about any room. Of course, not all hardwood products are the same. They vary in price, style, insulation, and ease of installation. So, you need to consider some of the most popular products before you make any big decisions. This article takes a quick look at the main differences between raw hardwood and prefabricated hardwood. These are definitely the two most popular hardwood products used in residential construction.

Raw Hardwood

Raw hardwood floors are basically made out of lumber that is cut, mitered, and installed directly on your floor. Every piece is solid and made out of one piece of lumber. This is a process that requires custom installation, and it can be very costly. That is, the labor for the installation alone can cost thousands of dollars. Also, the cost of real hardwood is always going to outweigh that of a prefabricated product. This is mainly due to the fact that raw hardwood is made out of more actual hardwood.

Raw hardwood floors are extremely popular in luxury properties. The fact that a floor is 100% made out of real hardware is going to have a big impact on the valuation of the home. That being said, most people won't actually be able to tell the difference between a raw hardwood and prefabricated floor. They are both made with the most popular wood species and stains.

Prefabricated Hardwood

Most prefabricated floors actually do have the hardwood, but just on the top layer. The lower layers are usually made out of composite woods and plywoods that are glued together. This makes them lighter and cheaper. By reducing the amount of actual hardwood used on each individual planks, the cost is significantly reduced.

Prefabricated products are also made to be modular, meaning that homeowners can often install them on their own. Without having to pay a professional to install your flooring, you can save a lot of money on the project. Many people won't to be able to tell the difference between a raw hardwood and prefabricated floor once it is all installed. So, if you are more interested in a practical, affordable choice, prefabricated floors are the way to go. But, if you have a luxury property and want to more value to your home, raw hardwood can be a worthwhile investment.

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