So, it is finally time to get a new floor and you have waited for years and years. You want to move forward with your project with the final goal of being very happy and satisfied with your selection. Here are the five golden rules of flooring from Shirley Pai Hilton of Kahala Pacific Floors, a recognized industry leader in the Hawaii market.

• Go with quality. Most of us must live within our means, and you probably have a budget for your new flooring. Hilton’s advice is to stretch that budget only so far.

“Do not go and get flooring materials which are $1-$2 per square foot as they are not going to last and you will probably derive very limited pleasure from them,” Hilton said.


If that is the only thing you can afford, see if you can phase your project and only do part of it with a better material. You will be happier in the long run and this will result in an investment, versus throwing money away.

• If you decide to install it yourself, be sure you have the skill set and the time to do it. Many homeowners wait so long that the floor covering is out of fashion or it has literally rotted in their garage due to procrastination. It is very much worth paying a professional to get it done right in a short period of time.

• Use a licensed, qualified professional who has good references to share with you.

“Skilled labor isn’t cheap and cheap labor isn’t skilled,” Hilton said with a laugh.


A lot of people think that after putting in a floor once or twice, they are experts. This is so far from the truth, and if you are quoted a price that is much lower than the average, it is too good to be true. People with good skills know their worth and charge for it — hopefully, fairly.

• Moisture is the No. 1 enemy of many a floor, especially wood and laminate and even tile. Make sure that you have properly tested your subfloor, if that is called for, and then take the appropriate steps to protect your new floor from the threat of moisture.

• Lastly, floor prep is one of the biggest missed steps when putting in a floor. Movement, creaking and other problems are often the result of not having enough flat-to-flat contact between subfloor and the flooring material. High spots need to be ground down and low spots need to be raised with a cementitious leveler.

There are many more jewels of knowledge that you can pick up from Kahala Pacific Floors’ monthly seminar, Great Flooring 101. The next session will be held at the company showroom on Saturday, April 13, at 10 a.m. In addition to hot coffee and fabulous munchies, all attendees receive a fantastic private sale price for their materials and installation services. Call 847-7711 to save your seat today.

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ADDRESS 926 Kohou St.