Installing prefinished flooring means that homeowners can enjoy their new floor immediately, without having to wait for it to be sanded and finished. Because of this, however, the installation must be done more carefully. Minor mistakes, such as a dropped hammer or a rock stuck in the sole of a boot, can have costly consequences. Author Charles Peterson, a certified wood-flooring inspector, recommends rethinking every detail, from the type of boots you’re going to wear to the placement of your tools when not in use. He also includes suggestions for preventing damage to the finish, and what to do when the flooring does need to be refinished. Finally, he provides a list of things to consider when shopping for prefinished flooring.
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