Prefinished hardwood floors not only look great but are faster and easier to install than unfinished wood flooring, since sanding or finishing isn’t required. When installing a prefinished wood floor:

  • Level Subfloor: Make sure the concrete slab or plywood subfloor is clean and level. Apply leveling compound or floor patch to low spots to smooth out any dips or valleys, and allow it to set before flooring.
  • Start Straight: Make sure your first course of flooring is straight by holding a taut string against the wall, or popping a chalk line on the floor. If the wall isn’t straight, place shims against the wall to make sure the first course of flooring will align properly.
  • Tight Fit: Use a nonmarring rubber mallet to hammer each row of floor boards tightly together before the glue sets.

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Danny Lipford


Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio,, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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