Site Finished


About site finishing

Site-finishing means we’ll install and finish the wood on-site in your property. This option means a precise finish that will sit smoothly and stably within its surroundings. We’ll also seal in the installation, leaving a firm finish that will last for many years to come.

Why should I choose site-finished?

Want the highest amount of customization and choice? Site-finished hardwood flooring will give you greater freedom to achieve your desired look. With this process, you can choose the structure of your flooring, species, grade, installation pattern, and finishes.

With site-finished floors, you can achieve a natural look that pre-finished flooring cannot match, as they lack the characteristic bevels and have a smoother appearance. Additionally, site-finished floors collect less dirt and dust compared to their pre-finished counterparts, making them easier to clean and maintain.
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The customization process, explained

First, you’ll be selecting the most appropriate hardwood for your project. There are many aspects to consider here including longevity, surroundings, climate and yes, personal taste is definitely going to play a big role.

As an example of some of the considerations, when it comes to structural environment, hardwood works well with plywood but not so well on concrete. For concrete structures, engineered hardwood is more suitable.

Wood Species

Our workshop and studio offers a wide range of wood, with both local and international species available. Every species has a distinct cellular structure, resulting in unique physical properties and choosing a specific wood species can impart a unique character to your home so it’s essential to understand the differences before making a decision.


A hardness scale can help you understand each variety’s hardness and resistance, as well as which structures it suits.

Grain pattern

The decision to choose a wood species with pronounced natural grain patterns is subjective and varies based on individual taste. Have a think about whether you prefer natural and more random grain patterns, or something more uniform and plain.


Environment, including humidity, can have a big effect on your wood, leading to expansion and contraction at certain times of year.

Natural Color

Every species has a different tone and shade, from light to dark and everything in between. Make sure the wood you choose complements your furnishings and your own taste.

Check out our wood species gallery


Wood grades

Grading is a method used to evaluate the appearance of wood and is determined by the presence of "character" markings or natural traits, as well as variation in color, mineral streaks, knots, or wormholes. Grades are not necessarily about quality, but about you and your home’s needs.

For instance, some may prefer the uniformity of select grade, while others may lean towards a more rustic look that gives the floor character. It's worth noting that wood with fewer character markings is often more expensive, as less of the tree is used to make it.
Select and better wood flooring


Exhibits very few imperfections or character markings. This grade is characterized by a uniform color with minimal knots or holes, and longer, similar length boards. Small, tight knots are permitted only every three feet.
#1 Common grade wood flooring


Wider range of light and dark colors on different boards and includes some knots and holes, as well as varying lengths.

#2 Common grade wood flooring


Much greater variations in color with visible mineral streaks, and more visible and larger knots and worm holes.
Euro Character wood flooring


Offers a broader range of coloring and natural characteristics than Select & Better grade. This grade allows for longer planks.
*Grades may vary by species.


Straight-laid hardwood floors remain very popular with our clientele. However there is a growing market for new layouts, including stylish herringbone and chevron styles. Whether you're a trendsetting homeowner, a cutting-edge designer, or a forward-thinking architect, we offer a diverse range of options to suit your needs.

Our team of experts will work with you to plan and install a pattern that perfectly complements your living space, adding a touch of contemporary sophistication to your home with whatever pattern you choose.


Styles are typically installed with three different length varieties, creating a low repeating pattern that adds diversity and movement to your floors.

By selecting this flooring option, you can bring a sense of contemporary style and individuality to your living space.


Installations are an excellent choice for a more customized look that allows a choice when it comes to the ratio of wide and narrow boards.

They offer a straight-forward, parallel design, but involve a mixture of boards with different widths. Adds movement and energy to your floor.


Features an offset layout set on a 45-degree angle, either for tiles or planks. Due to the precision required to cut each board precisely, this design necessitates the skills of a highly experienced floor installer.

Our team of professionals has the expertise needed to install this pattern to perfection, creating a stunning and distinctive look for your home's interior.


Involves standard rectangular boards, all of which are the same size. Pre-cut pieces are angled at 90° on both ends to create a distinctive V-shaped pattern.

The width of the herringbone is measured across the board's top side, while the length is measured along the side, from corner to corner. This pattern adds a classic and sophisticated look to your home's interior design, with its sleek and stylish appearance.


Features boards cut on both ends at a 45° angle and is measured from tip to tip on the same side, and other cut angles are also available upon request. With its sleek and contemporary style, this pattern adds a modern and chic look to your home's interior.

Our team of experts has the expertise and skill to install a chevron pattern with precision and care, delivering a stunning and visually captivating flooring solution for your space. Chevron installations are supplied as an equal quantity of left and right pieces, with a maximum width of 5 inches.

Finishing your new wood flooring

Once your floor is ready for finishing, we’ll add one optional coat of stain and three coats of polyurethane in order to protect and preserve the natural beauty of the wood. We offer a range of customized colors for site-finished hardwood, and have a large variety of domestic and international species, such as Oak, American Cherry, and Maple.

Our team of expert advisors and installation professionals is here to provide you with personalized advice and guidance on the best color and finish for your home's interior design. Visit our showroom to see the range of options available to you and take the first step towards achieving the floor of your dreams.


Staining helps to liven up the color of your hardwood floors and enhance their visual aesthetic. It's worth noting, however, that each wood species absorbs stain differently. Some species stain evenly, enhancing the natural grain of the wood, while others may appear splotchy or uneven.

It's crucial to sample how the stain reacts to your specific wood before applying it to your entire floor. This will give you a better understanding of the end result and ensure that you achieve the desired color and finish for your space.

Our team of professionals can guide you through the staining process, providing expert advice on the best stain color and application technique to achieve the perfect result for your home. Trust us to help you achieve the stunning and customized hardwood floor you've been dreaming of.

Select the stain that’s right for you!


Woods easy to stain

White Oak
Red Oak

Woods hard to stain


Protective coats of finish

The final step to the finishing process is applying a protective layer of polyurethane, which not only enhances the natural beauty of the wood but also provides durability and longevity. Our team of experts can help you decide which type of polyurethane is the right choice for your floors and provide guidance on the best application technique for your specific hardwood species.

Water-based polyurethane is a popular alternative to oil-based polyurethane. This finish utilizes water as the base for carrying the polyurethane solids, rather than solvents. Like oil-based polyurethane, water-based polyurethane forms a hard protective film that enhances the natural beauty of your hardwood floors.

Unlike oil-based polyurethane, water-based polyurethane begins milky-white in the can but dries clear. It imparts very little color to the wood, resulting in a natural, clear finish. Water-based finishes offer many of the same great advantages as oil-based finishes, but with less odor, less VOCs and shorter drying times and curing times.

Oil-based polyurethane utilizes petroleum and mineral solvents as the vehicle for the polyurethane solids, creating a hard and protective film that enhances the natural beauty of the wood. Unlike water-based polyurethane, oil-based polyurethane may impart a slightly yellow sheen, especially with multiple coats.

However, this can be a desired effect in certain applications, adding warmth and depth to the floor's appearance. While oil-based polyurethane has a longer drying time and requires ventilation during application, it is still widely sold and a popular choice for high-traffic areas.
Site Finished in Kansas City, Kansas from Express Hardwood Floors

Looking To Extend An Existing Floor?

At Express Hardwood Floors, we understand the importance of a seamless result when extending a hardwood floor. Our team of experts can perfectly match the species, width, and thickness of your current flooring, utilizing our on-site process to interlace new flooring seamlessly into your existing hardwood.

We offer optional staining and finishing services customized to your needs, ensuring a cohesive and stunning result that will enhance the beauty of your home's interior design.

Trust us to provide the highest quality craftsmanship and attention to detail when extending your existing hardwood floor. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and let us help you achieve the perfect flooring solution for your home.