NEW INSTALLATIONS... brand new floors
Looking to have new wood floors installed? We can help. Installing new hardwood floors is one of the best home improvements you can do. We’ve been installing all types of wood floors for over 15 years. From solid wood flooring to engineered. We have years of expertise in all types and styles of wood floor installations.
We specialize in site finished floors. Unlike pre-finished flooing, site finished will give you a seamless, flat, bevel free surface. They are much easier to clean and you also have much more freedom for customization. You can choose custom stain colors, intricate inlays and borders, plus a huge choice of finishes and sheen levels.
After you select your flooring, we will arrange to have it delivered to your home. It then needs to undergo acclimation (adjusting to the rooms environment) before we can install it. You can read about the acclimation process here.
We will keep a close eye on the flooring's moisture content over the following days. Once it's acclimated properly and the moisture is right, we can start the installation. If it's installed before it's acclimated properly, you'll have issues with your floor down the road.
Once the floor is acclimated we start preparing your sub-floor. (If you have an existing floor covering like wood, carpet or vinyl, we can remove it for you.) The sub-floor is checked for flatness. If there are highs or lows, we grind down or fill in those areas to ensure a flat surface to install over. If this process is not done correctly, you can end up with a squeaky, loose, unstable floor.
Most subfloors we work on here in Los Angeles also need to be primed with specialized products to ensure proper adhesion, as in the case of a glue down install over concrete.
STEP 5Floor is
Rooms are thoroughly measured so all the boards are spaced out well in all your rooms. (Nothing worse than a thin sliver of a board on one wall and a thick one on the opposite.) The flooring is sorted through and ugly boards are discarded. Cutting and racking begins, care being taken so there are no 'H' joints. It's small details like this that differentiate a professional install from an amature one.
STEP 6We begin
Once the racking is done for a substantial part of the floor, the installation begins. The method of installation will vary depending on the type of flooring material you selected as well as the type of subfloor you have. The glue down method is the most popular installation we do here in the Los Angeles area.
Other important info...
There are a lot of misconceptions about high-quality engineered wood vs solid wood. Yes there is some very low quality engineered products out there and we strongly recommend against using these in your home. If the wear layer is too thin then they won't be able to be resanded, leaving your floors practically useless once the wear layer is worn through.
Most of the floors we install (98%) are engineered floors. But we use very high- quality engineered flooring. It is superior to solid wood hardwood flooring in so many ways. They have a 6mm of wear layer which is the same as most solid wood flooring. This means they can be sanded and refinished as much as a solid hardwood floor.
But unlike engineered flooring, solid wood hardwood floors are far more affected by temperature and humidity. This causes them to expand and contract. This is the reason a lot of solid wood floors have gaps. It's also why they are not recommended for areas with a lot of moisture like bathrooms, kitchens and basements. The engineered flooing we use is far more stable because of the birch 11 ply criss-crossed base layers. Because of this, they can be installed in areas that solid wood flooring can't be installed.
On top of those very important benefits, engineered wood is also very eco friendly. As the top wear layer is the only solid wood part, 4 times as much flooring can be produced from the same tree using this method. So not only does it wear the same, it performs better, is far more stable... and is better for the environment.
When we come out to measure up your floors and provide a free quote, we will show you samples of each so you can see the difference for yourself. We will explian the installation process with you in detail, show you samples and help you choose the perfect new floor for your home.
We have some more information about the installation process and difference between flooring types in the links below…
HAPPY CLIENT feedback
We recently bought a 75 year old house that needed a lot of help. As such, we hired numerous trades... plumbers, electricians, painters, you name it. Among them, Marcos and CMC Hardwood Floors was, by far, the best group we worked with because of their quality, efficiency, trustworthiness and professionalism. An amazing job. I give Marcos my full recommendation.Frank L. - Los Angeles, CA | 5 Star Review on Yelp