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Installing prefinished hardwood floors is very similar to the process of installing unfinished hardwood floors. The process of installing the floorboards themselves are not different.
To install hardwood floors, whether they are prefinished or unfinished, it is necessary to ensure a clean and level sub-floor. Once this has been established, the installation can begin according to the manufacturer's instructions. This may include gluing or nailing down the floorboards and connecting the floorboards by using glue, the tongue-in-groove system or a combination of the two. The main difference in the installation process comes at the end of the installation. Prefinished hardwood floors are considered complete and ready to be walked on almost immediately after installation. However, after unfinished hardwood floors have been installed them must be sanded, stained and allowed to cure. The curing process for unfinished hardwood floors may be as long as 10 days.