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Site-finished flooring still enjoys premiere billing when it comes to specifying “the best.” Ideally, its merits include a flat, uniform surface (installation irregularities are simply sanded away), an unlimited selection of lumber species and custom stains and finishes, and the ability to match the floor color to other room features, such as trim and cabinets. But recent advances in surface finishes, a wider-than-ever selection of wood species and color choices, decorative borders and inlays, and improvements in the installed appearance make a strong case for factory-finished products. Just like a site-finished floor, a properly installed and maintained factory-finished floor can last a lifetime. Prefinished Advantages An obvious benefit of any prefinished flooring material is that the completed installation takes less time —