Choose the Type of Wood
Unfinished flooring requires installation, sanding, staining, and finishing onsite. Unfinished flooring is most commonly installed with a square edge, but is also available with a beveled edge. The square edge custom flooring allows the floor to have a flat surface over the entire area, since it is sanded onsite. The beveled edge custom flooring has a defined edge between each individual plank.
Prefinished flooring is factory sanded and finished and only needs installation. Prefinished flooring is most commonly installed with a beveled or pillowed edge, but is also available with a square edge. The beveled and pillowed edge prefinished flooring hides any unevenness there may be in the subfloor as it is installed, since the flooring is not sanded onsite. The square edge prefinished flooring does not hide any unevenness in the subfloor, so the floor will not be as flat as a square edge custom flooring.