Whenever we’re talking about engineered wood flooring, the debate of choosing a pre-treated or an untreated board comes up. Each of the two has advantages over the other, but they both have drawbacks, too. Now, the big question is, which finish should you choose?

Pre-treated engineered wood is the best option when it comes to quick work and convenient results. This type of wood is initially treated with either lacquer or oil. But, typically, lacquer is used to seal the wood. This sealing protects the surface of the engineered wood flooring from scratches, scuffs and friction damage.

There’s also the wide range of colours available with treated boards. As they are pre-lacquered, you can get assorted colours, natural or artificial, together with the right protection that you want for your property.

Having the surfaces pre-treated gives you the ability to simply install these boards on the floor that you want, do the work and walk away. It’s that easy. However, there are a few issues that you might find. To avoid these issues, make sure that the installation is done correctly the first time, every time. Once it’s laid, you’re most likely not taking it out without damaging it. If you stain it accidentally, you’d need to replace it. If you do the same with an untreated board, you can just sand away the mark and do the treatment after.

Another possible issue is that pre-treated boards may have colour variations from board to board, so you need to be careful about choosing them.

As for untreated boards, whilst they will take a lot of time and effort to install and treat, they give you the right amount of freedom to choose the colour you want.

In addition, an engineered wood flooring that is untreated can be a good way to improve the sealing for better protection. Some pre-treated wood boards will not have the highest quality lacquer.

Meanwhile, if you do the treatment, you’ll know what goes into every inch of wood that you put. This also gives you an awesome amount of flexibility when it comes to the colour. Every board will have the right colour, albeit after some extra work that you should get on your side. If you want to learn more, don’t hesitate to visit bamboo flooring in Auckland!