This is the final installment in our series of 12 articles featuring the great information usually shared at Kahala Pacific Floors’ monthly Great Flooring 101 seminars. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced them to cancel the wonderful sessions, but company president Shirley Pai Hilton (pictured below and on the facing page) has developed a new hour-long webinar version of Great Flooring 101. She is sharing some of the information here, but please register for one of their sessions.

So, now that we have discussed all the different types of flooring available to today’s homeowner and shared with you tips about installation and maintenance, you have a decision to make. Color, pattern and overall look are one thing, but that can be found in both “real” wood and stone, and in photographic form on laminates and vinyls. Or, shall I go with carpet that is not as long lasting, but is very warm and cozy?

First, we should look at budget. If you want to keep total outlay low, carpet of an “acceptable” grade would probably run you the least amount for materials and labor. From there, we can look at luxury vinyl, but keep in mind that an excellent engineered floor is not so much more than that in cost, so you may want to get a quote for both and see if you can afford that upgrade to wood.


Wood has so much more resale value than vinyl does, and feels absolutely elegant and so much better than vinyl does. Higher resale, more current enjoyment — what do you think?

However, on the flip side of that conversation is the fact that your dogs may often miss the puddle pad, or they are prone to slobbering all over your floors. Having a waterproof floor that has a worry-free finish may be the lifestyle choice you are looking for. People also mention that their grandchildren spill a lot, but here’s a newsflash: They grow out of that pretty quickly so try not to base your entire flooring decision on that.

As for tile and stone, both natural and human-made tiles make great flooring, but stone has a little more maintenance to it. In our book, stone and tile are the heaviest investment due to higher labor costs.

Want to learn more and get a special discount on your flooring? Please register for one of our upcoming Saturday or evening sessions of Great Flooring 101. Upcoming webinars are at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, or 10 a.m. Saturday, March 13. Registration is required, so please sign up by calling 847-7711 or emailing See you online!

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