Tips for quality flooring
More and more, consumers are turning to wood, vinyl and other hard surfaces as their choice to replace old floor coverings. They know that they like the look and they have heard a lot about health benefits and longevity of the product.
But there is definitely a lot to know beyond that to get the right end result. Shirley Pai Hilton of Kahala Pacific Floors offers these key tips to start with:
• Get the right product — Depending on your lifestyle, budget, type of home you have (single family or condo), wet or dry conditions, and wood or concrete subfloor, certain types of flooring will be more appropriate than others. Doing your due diligence is very important and a very easy way to learn more is to attend Kahala Pacific Floors’ monthly seminar.
• Get the right installer — To get the best installation, be sure you hire a professional that is specifically licensed to install your flooring. They will know the proper procedures for testing for excess moisture, what install method is best for your home, proper preparation of the subfloor, acclimation, expansion gaps, floor preparation, and finishing off with moldings. Ask a friend or relative for a word-of-mouth recommendation and then check them out on Google or Yelp.
If you plan to do it yourself, do your research to gain as much knowledge as possible and consult reputable source of information, such as the National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) for general guidelines. Most important of all, always follow the manufacturer’s installation instructions to maintain your warranty. Some manufacturers only honor their warranties when you have a professional install their materials.
• Visualize — Start out with the wood floor you are dreaming about. Then visit a good wood-flooring showroom and take a look at all the available species. Then dream again. Your gut feeling is usually pretty reliable.
If you need more information, call or visit Kahala Pacific Floor’s showroom, and sign up for the next Wood and Stone Flooring 101 seminar scheduled for Aug. 20 at 10 a.m. You’ll receive a great education and a special discount.
KAHALA PACIFIC FLOORS
contact // 847-7711
address // 926 Kohou St.
web // kahalapacificfloors.com