More and more, consumers are turning away from carpet and opting for more durable surfaces such as wood, vinyl and tile when replacing their floor coverings. They like the look and they have heard a lot about the benefits of the product. But there definitely is a lot to know beyond that to get the right end result. Shirley Hilton of Kahala Pacific Floors offers the following key tips to start with:

• Get the right product. Honestly examine your lifestyle and your housekeeping practices. Consider the kind of home you live in (single family or condo), whether your environment is wet or dry, and whether you have a wood or concrete subfloor to determine what might be best.

• Get the right installer or DIY info. To get the best installation, be sure you hire a licensed professional. They should know the proper procedures for testing for excess moisture, what installation method is best for your home, proper preparation of the subfloor, acclimation, expansion gaps, floor preparation and finishing off with moldings. If you plan to do it yourself, consult a reputable source of information, such as the National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) and always follow the manufacturer’s instructions to preserve your warranty.


• Visualize. Start out with the floor you are dreaming about, then visit a good flooring showroom and take a look at all the available species. Ask if you can take samples home and then dream again. Your gut feeling usually is pretty reliable.

Need help with doing your research for the above? If so, a great place to start is by attending Kahala Pacific Floor’s monthly seminar, Wood and Stone Flooring 101.

Literally thousands have attended so far and have been helped through the fog of flooring choices by first learning about each major flooring type, the pros and cons and basic installation information. Comments after the session always include someone saying, “Thank you — I learned so much!” Wouldn’t you say a free 90-minute seminar would be worth your time before you spend thousands on a new floor? The next session will be held at 10 a.m. Feb. 20 at the Kahala Pacific Floors showroom located at 926 Kohou St.

Call 847-7711 to reserve your seat and your share of coffee and malasadas.

Saturday, Feb. 20 at 10 a.m.
Call to reserve your seats

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