Posts Tagged ‘hand distressed’

Hardwood Floors vs. Laminate Floors

March 17, 2010

Hardwood vs. Laminate FlooringPerhaps Francisco Flores, owner of Flores Hardwood Floors, could do something about the original carpet and linoleum flooring that came with my 20-something year-old house, both of which have exceeded their shelf life for some time now.  Spills would certainly clean up much easier.

Installing hardwood or laminate flooring by Flores’ company can give new life to a home, and give you a reason to do some spring cleaning in the short run.  In the long run, however, installing brand-new hardwood or laminate flooring would increase the value of your home and help you offset the gains realized during the course of selling your home.  So what are the differences between hardwood and laminate floors?  Let’s go over each one.

Please retweetHardwood flooring characteristics

  • Wood floors are natural and hypoallergenic
  • Two kinds of hardwood floor construction
    • Solid wood floors – Cut from a tree as a solid piece of wood
    • Engineered wood floors – Three to nine plies glued and laminated together
  • Unfinished hardwood floors (job site finished)
    • Sanded floors smooth
    • Installs in several days
  • Pre-finished hardwood floors (factory finished)
    • Less discriminating pre-finished trims (e.g. color may not match the floor)
    • Installs in a day or less
  • Used in: living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms, dens, and great rooms.

A complete overview of hardwood flooring can be found here.

Laminate flooring characteristics

  • Laminate floors are not made of wood and are more impact-, scratch-, UV- and stain-resistant
  • Three types of laminate flooring
    • Installer-applied glue
    • Glueless, floating laminate floors – Snap-fit locking planks
    • Factory pre-glued, floating laminate floors – Moisten planks before fitting
  • Laminate flooring uses the floating installation method
    • Laminate floors rest just above the subfloor, which is made of plywood, OSB, existing vinyl flooring, concrete slabs, etc.
    • Gluing, stapling, or nailing down laminate flooring not required.
  • Used in: family rooms, living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms and dens.

A complete overview of laminate flooring can be found here.

So which type of flooring best suits the needs of your home?  A comparison table with both floor types side-by-side can help you decide.

Whether you need Flores Hardwood Floors to install hardwood or laminate flooring in your home, new floors and, perhaps, a new arrangement of your furniture, can help make it feel like you’re in a new home.

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Francis M. Unson

Flores Hardwood Floors: Interview with Francisco Flores, Owner (Part 3)

February 21, 2010
  1. Are you looking to hire in the coming year?
  2. What have you done to go the extra mile for your client?  Please explain.
    One time, a client contacted me on a Monday morning.  He wanted to replace the carpet for a wood floor.  The problem was that he wanted to have wood flooring with base molding installed and the furniture back in place by Friday.  He was waiting for his family to come over for a visit and everything had to be finished by then.  Well, this project on a regular work schedule would take a minimum of six days.  However, assuming I started on Tuesday, that would only leave me three days to finish the job.  I had to work very hard and had to put in thirteen hours days.  On Friday morning, just minutes before his family arrived from the airport, I finished, and my client was so happy.

Francis M. Unson

Flores Hardwood Floors: Interview with Francisco Flores, Owner (Part 2)

February 19, 2010
  1. What is the niche that makes you stand out above everybody else?
    I take the time with my clients in helping them choose the colors, tones, and types of woods that can be used for their floors, giving them the best value for their money.  I also take great care in moving the furniture and personal items.
  2. What products and/or services do you offer?
    Traditional wood floor installation, sanding and finishing, and hand distressed finishes.  We use our extensive experience in working with solid and engineered flooring in any species of wood such as Birch, Maple, Hickory, American Walnut, American Cherry, Santos Mahogany, and bamboo.  We provide great service installing wood borders, staircases, wood handrails, base molding, and crown molding and trim.
  3. What kind of promotions do you have?
  4. What do you like about working in the Santa Clarita Valley?
    I like Santa Clarita Valley because it is a great place to raise a family and a great community to build a business.  You can see prosperity in our community.
  5. In terms of your business, what are you looking forward to in the coming year?
    I would like to show more people my business in the SCV, to be able to make them clients of Flores Hardwood Floors, and grow my business and become a successful company in the area just like so many other businesses have done.

Francis M. Unson

Flores Hardwood Floors: Interview with Francisco Flores, Owner (Part 1)

February 18, 2010
  1. What is your name?
    Francisco Flores
  2. What is the name of your business?
    Flores Hardwood Floors Co.
  3. What year did you establish your business?
  4. How did you go about getting your business started?
    In July 2000, I started working for a flooring company.  After the first year, I was promoted to installation crew leader.  I soon learned the techniques on how to sand and finish wood floors.  It did not take long before the customers started noticing the high quality of work that I was doing.  I started doing cost estimates and, before long, I was running the day-to-day operations.  Then I thought to myself, “Why don’t I take a chance and start my own business?”  And that is how Flores Hardwood Floors started.

Francis M. Unson