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778 Brannan Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
35 West 25th Ave
San Mateo, CA 94403
33 Hamilton Drive, Suite A
Novato, CA 94949
(415) 690-7945
(650) 918-7959
(415) 742-1969

Serving all of San Francisco including Mission District, Sunset District, Bernal Heights, Russian Hill, Western Addition, the Castro and Tenderloin.

Services include window coverings, draperies, blinds, shutters and sheers; honeycomb, roman and solar shades; ultrasonic blind cleaning; window treatment installations and home automation services, including motorized window coverings. Brands...
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Why Trust Diamond Certified Hardwood Floor Companies Rated Highest in Quality?
Dark hardwood flooring adds richness to a living room.

You are the customer. If your goal is to choose a hardwood flooring company that will deliver high customer satisfaction and quality, you’ll feel confident in choosing a Diamond Certified hardwood floor contractor. Each has been rated Highest in Quality in the most accurate ratings process anywhere. And you’re always backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. Here’s why the Diamond Certified ratings and certification process will help you find a top-rated hardwood floor installation contractor and is unparalleled in its accuracy, rigor and usefulness:

1) Accuracy: All research is performed by live telephone interviews that verify only real customers are surveyed, so you'll never be fooled by fake reviews.

2) Statistical Reliability: A large random sample of past customers is surveyed on an ongoing basis so the research results you see truly reflect a Diamond Certified company’s top-rated status.

3) Full Disclosure: By clicking the name of a company above you'll see the exact rating results in charts and read verbatim survey responses as well as researched articles on each qualified company.

4) Guaranteed: Your purchase is backed up with mediation and the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee, so you can choose with confidence.

Click on the name of a Diamond Certified company above to read ratings results, researched articles and verbatim customer survey responses to help you make an informed decision.

More than 200,000 customers of local companies have been interviewed in live telephone calls, and only companies that score Highest in Quality in customer satisfaction–a 90+ on a 100 scale–as well as pass all of the credential-based ratings earn Diamond Certified. By requiring such a high score to qualify, the Diamond Certified program eliminates mediocre and poorly performing companies. Read detailed information about the ratings and certification process.

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What You Should Know About Hardwood Floors from a Hardwood Floor Company in San Francisco

Finding and choosing the best type of hardwood floor that fits your home or business in San Francisco, including the larger neighborhoods of Sunset District, Richmond District, Mission District, Tenderloin, and Bernal Heights , is a critical step in planning for the installation of your new flooring. Hardwood flooring is available in both a pre-finished and unfinished version. Pre-finished flooring is sanded and finished at the factory, meaning it only needs to be installed in your home. The unfinished version must be sanded and finished after being installed....

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Finding and choosing the best type of hardwood floor that fits your home or business in San Francisco, including the larger neighborhoods of Sunset District, Richmond District, Mission District, Tenderloin, and Bernal Heights , is a critical step in planning for the installation of your new flooring. Hardwood flooring is available in both a pre-finished and unfinished version. Pre-finished flooring is sanded and finished at the factory, meaning it only needs to be installed in your home. The unfinished version must be sanded and finished after being installed. Wood floors look beautiful and, with proper care, will often last the lifetime of a home. Though they are susceptible to scratches, dents, and moisture, they can be refinished again and again. They might be expensive initially, but wood floors can add to the value of your home, making the extra cost worth it.

Types of Wood that Will Fit What You Want

So which type of wood floor will suit your needs the best? There are several major considerations to consider when choosing the appropriate flooring for your home. Solid hardwood floors may require a little more maintenance than engineered wood flooring; however, they can always be re-sanded and refinished. If they are well-maintained, solid wood floors will retain their value better than engineered wood floors.

Making a choice between strip wood, plank wood, or parquet wood is simply a matter of taste. Strip flooring has an appearance of thin, long planks of wood. Plank flooring has very wide planks of wood. But if you prefer a more decorative look, parquet floors with their geometric designs might be your flooring of choice.

Making a Diamond Certified San Francisco Hardwood Floor Company Selection

·      Figure out what style and type of hardwood flooring would suit your needs. Some considerations include your lifestyle, the time you spend cleaning, whether you have young children, whether you have pets, etc.

·      Consider the finishing/coating options available and discuss them with the contractors. For instance, do you have children or pets who make greater protection a priority?

·      When making a final choice for your wood flooring company, be sure that you choose a company that is well-established within the community, has good references that can be verified, and offers a reasonable price.

o   A lower price does not necessarily mean a great deal. For example, a lower quote could mean that you are getting a cheaper varnish. However, the more expensive varnish may last four times longer than the cheaper version. In this case, a little extra expense is worth it in the long run.

·      Set aside time for professional contractors to come in and provide a free written estimate. Arrange to have a minimum of three to five quotes. Make sure that the prices are guaranteed for a minimum of 30 days from the date of the estimate.

·      Call local hardwood floor companies and ask about installation prices. Keep in mind the following tips:

o   Most companies hire sub-contractors for installation and finishing jobs. This means that you may compare offers from three different stores, but the contractors coming to your home to install the wood floor are working for all three companies. This translates into this fact: the contractor himself/herself is the one person who can get you the best deal on the overall price of the project.

o   Wood prices are similar throughout a region

o   Many hardwood floor company owners have never installed or refinished hardwood floors.

o   Small, family-owned flooring companies offer the same products and warranties and often much better prices on installation. Be sure to contact them directly for a quote.

·      Draw up a contract with your chosen hardwood flooring company. Specify the work to be done, price and payment schedule, start date and estimated date for completion.

Benefits to Consider When Thinking About a Hardwood Floor Company in San Francisco, including the larger neighborhoods of Excelsior, Pacific Heights, Nob Hill, North Beach, and Bayview District

Wood floors have many benefits. These include the following:

·      Houses with real wood flooring sell quicker than houses without real wood floors.

·      Wood is a natural, renewable, sustainable, and environmentally friendly building resource.

·      Wood floors last hundreds of years and will not need to be replaced nearly as often as other flooring options.

·      It improves the quality of indoor air.

·      Wood floors save natural resources as they use far less water and energy to produce.

 

More Facts to Understand: Solid Wood Floor Problems and Solutions

·      Buckling

o   Oftentimes moisture can cause a wood floor to buckle. This can be remedied with a dehumidifier, ventilation, or fans. If moisture has caused the wood floor to expand, relieve the pressure by removing the flooring along the wall

·      Loose, noisy, squeaky wood floor

o   This is often caused by inadequate nailing of a weak sub floor system. Add face nails or strengthen the sub floor from below by injecting adhesive or pull-add-relay.

·      Excessive, early wear on wood floor finish

o   Correct maintenance will help maintain the wood floor finish. Clip the dog’s nails; apply felt to chair leg glides; use area rugs in high-traffic areas such as in front of the kitchen sink.

·      Pet stains

o   Usually, minor pet stains will get lighter or lessen with sanding. Repeated stains, however, will not sand out. For best results, the wood floor will need to be refinished or removed.

·      Cracks and unevenness in the flooring

o   Lack of moisture may cause the wood floor to crack and become uneven. This can be remedied by adding moisture to the air space during dry periods. Boil a pan of water or install a humidifier.

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Know What You Want
Researching and Knowing What You Need From a San Francisco Hardwood Floor Company

Many factors should be thought about before choosing a wood floor company in San Francisco, including the smaller neighborhoods of Allendale, Birds Landing, Cordelia, Green Valley, Mare Island, Scandia, and Suisun City, that will meet your needs the best. Write down everything that you’re searching for before you begin your research. Consider the following questions before making your final selection of a wood floor company....

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Many factors should be thought about before choosing a wood floor company in San Francisco, including the smaller neighborhoods of Allendale, Birds Landing, Cordelia, Green Valley, Mare Island, Scandia, and Suisun City, that will meet your needs the best. Write down everything that you’re searching for before you begin your research. Consider the following questions before making your final selection of a wood floor company.

1.     Do I want a Diamond Certified company that is rated best in quality and backed by the Diamond Certified Guarantee?

2.     Do I prefer the style of plank wood, strip wood, or parquet wood?

3.     Do I want a real hardwood floor or will I be happy with an engineered wood floor?

4.     What personal and professional characteristics would I like my San Francisco hardwood floor company to have? (These may include good communication skills, honesty, reliability, cleanliness, etc.)

5.     What is my budget?

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What to Ask on the Phone
What to Ask When Speaking on the Phone to a Hardwood Floor Company in San Francisco RepresentativeBefore you make a final choice regarding a wood floor company in San Francisco, call them on the phone to discuss your options. It’s good to have a list of

Before you make a final choice regarding  a wood floor company in San Francisco, call them on the phone to discuss your options. It’s good to have a list of questions ready and to write down the answers that the wood floor company representative gives you while you’re talking to them. Use the following questions to guide in your discussion:...

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Before you make a final choice regarding  a wood floor company in San Francisco, call them on the phone to discuss your options. It’s good to have a list of questions ready and to write down the answers that the wood floor company representative gives you while you’re talking to them. Use the following questions to guide in your discussion:

  1. Has your company earned and maintained a Diamond Certified rating?
  2. How long has your flooring company been in the hardwood floor contracting business?
  3. Is
  4. Does your hardwood floor company do finishing work as well as general flooring installation?
  5. Does your San Francisco floor company specialize in the type of flooring installation that I have described?
  6. your flooring company a hardwood floor contractor, a wood flooring contractor, a commercial floor contractor, or a general floor covering contractor?
  7. How does your flooring company price new flooring materials and floor installation?
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What to Ask in Person
Questions to Consider Asking When Speaking to a San Francisco Hardwood Floor Company Representative

The next step is to interview wood floor companies in San Francisco, including the larger neighborhoods of Sunset District, Richmond District, Mission District, Tenderloin, and Bernal Heights . Questions you may want to ask include the following....

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The next step is to interview wood floor companies in San Francisco, including the larger neighborhoods of Sunset District, Richmond District, Mission District, Tenderloin, and Bernal Heights . Questions you may want to ask include the following.

  1. Will your hardwood floor company provide a written estimate for a hardwood floor installation?
  2. Does your hardwood floor company have any references that I may contact?
  3. Does your flooring company provide a written contract for new flooring installations?
  4. Does your flooring company offer any guarantees or warranties on your floor installations?
  5. Does your flooring company do the work with your own team or do you hire subcontractors for the new floor installation work?
  6. How many flooring projects or new floor installations has your flooring company completed in San Francisco?
  7. How long should it take for your hardwood floor contractor to complete my new flooring installation?
  8. How and when do the flooring contractors clean up after finishing an installation?
  9. Does your hardwood floor company carry workers’ compensation and liability insurance for your flooring installation crew?
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What to Ask References
Questions for References of a Hardwood Floor Company in San Francisco

It’s best to choose a Diamond Certified hardwood floor company because all certified companies have passed an in-depth ratings process that most other companies can’t pass. If you want quality from a wood floor in San Francisco and the greater Bay Area, you can have confidence choosing a Diamond Certified company. Diamond Certified reports are available online for all certified companies. And you’ll never be fooled by fake reviews....

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It’s best to choose a Diamond Certified hardwood floor company because all certified companies have passed an in-depth ratings process that most other companies can’t pass. If you want quality from a wood floor in San Francisco and the greater Bay Area, you can have confidence choosing a Diamond Certified company. Diamond Certified reports are available online for all certified companies. And you’ll never be fooled by fake reviews. That’s because all research is performed in live telephone interviews of actual customers.

If you can’t find a local Diamond Certified hardwood floor company, you’ll have to do some research on your own. If you do, it’s wise to call some references provided by your wood floor company.  Keep in mind, though, that references provided to you by the wood floor company are not equal in value to the large random sample of customers surveyed during the Diamond Certified ratings process. That’s because references given to customers from companies are cherry-picked instead of randomly selected from all their customers. So the contractors will likely give you a few customers to call that they know are satisfied.

If you do call references on your own, specifically ask for a list of the company’s 10 most recent customers. This will help avoid them giving you the names of only customers they know were satisfied.

  1. Were you satisfied with the service from (hardwood floor company name)?
  2. Would you recommend this hardwood flooring company to your family and friends?
  3. What type of hardwood flooring did you purchase from this company?
  4. Did they finish the job on time?
  5. If you need a new hardwood floor in the future, will you consider hiring this hardwood floor company again?
  6. Did the installer show up on time?
  7. Did they clean up after completing the job?
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Review Your Options
Selecting the Best San Francisco Hardwood Floor Company for You

Your choice of hardwood floor company is important to you and your family. So before deciding on the best hardwood floor company in San Francisco for you, it’s important to consider the following questions.

1.     What are the varnish options available and which ones do I prefer?...

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Your choice of hardwood floor company is important to you and your family. So before deciding on the best hardwood floor company in San Francisco for you, it’s important to consider the following questions.

1.     What are the varnish options available and which ones do I prefer?

2.     Which companies in San Francisco, including the larger neighborhoods of Excelsior, Pacific Heights, Nob Hill, North Beach, and Bayview District, offer the better warranty for the price?

3.     Is my company of choice charging a reasonable price for quality flooring and service?

4.     What is my time frame for this project: when do I need to have it accomplished?

5.     Which company has payment options that work the best with my financial situation?

6.     Is my company of choice well-established in the community?

7.     Does my company of choice have good references that I have checked?

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How to Work With
Get Ready to Sign the Contract Now That You’ve Found a Hardwood Flooring Company in San Francisco

Now that you’ve located a local hardwood floor company in San Francisco, including the smaller neighborhoods of Benicia, Collinsville, Dixon, Elmira, Liberty Farms, Nut Tree, and Rio Vista, that meets all your requirements, it’s the perfect time to request a written contract. This contract should include written details on the price, quality and materials to be used, as well as the job start date and intended completion date....

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Now that you’ve located a local hardwood floor company in San Francisco, including the smaller neighborhoods of Benicia, Collinsville, Dixon, Elmira, Liberty Farms, Nut Tree, and Rio Vista, that meets all your requirements, it’s the perfect time to request a written contract. This contract should include written details on the price, quality and materials to be used, as well as the job start date and intended completion date.

When signing the contract, remember to write in special requests or verbal agreements. This will protect you and help ensure you get the services you have agreed on. Along with end dates and any special instructions, these add-ons may also include related issues that aren’t always covered by a standard contract. For example, regardless of how careful your contractor promises to be, sometimes damage can unexpectedly occur when putting in a hardwood floor.

Before you sign the contract, read and make sure you understand all the terms and conditions. The contract you sign is binding, and should protect your property and your interests, as well as those of your contractor. For this reason, you should never sign a blank or incomplete estimate.

But you can protect your property by being proactive. Before the work starts, schedule a walk through with the company supervisor and conduct a pre-work inspection of your property.  List or photograph your home and the areas surrounding where the hardwood floor will be installed. Talk to a company representative about reasonable expectations for protecting your home during the work. When you’ve reached an agreement, both you and the contractor should sign and date the document. When the work is done, do a final inspection together and verify that your expectations were met.

Installation of Your Hardwood Floor

Before your contractor installs your hardwood floor, he/she may request a small booking deposit. The deposit should not exceed 10% of the total cost of the installation project. Usually this deposit is not refundable. No other deposits should be required. Furthermore, the contractor should not require any other payments from you until the project is completely finished. For this reason, you want to choose a contractor that you fully trust to do a quality job.

Getting the Final Commitment in Writing with a San Francisco Hardwood Floor Company Contract

If the actual price exceeds the amount agreed upon on your estimate, be sure that the hardwood floor company representative gets your final approval before moving ahead with installing the hardwood flooring. Your approval must be noted on the estimate and the invoice.

When you’re happy with the information your San Francisco hardwood flooring company has given you, sign the estimate and service agreement. Verify that the hardwood floor company has a phone number where they can reach you at all times. 

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Be a Good Customer
Pointers for Being a Good Hardwood Floor Company Customer

It's the hardwood floor company’s responsibility put in quality hardwood floors using the best possible installation techniques. But you play a big part in the success of your hardwood floor company, too. Here are a few simple steps you can take to be a good customer when hiring an San Francisco wood floor company....

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It's the hardwood floor company’s responsibility put in quality hardwood floors using the best possible installation techniques. But you play a big part in the success of your hardwood floor company, too. Here are a few simple steps you can take to be a good customer when hiring an San Francisco wood floor company.

  • Ask your hardwood floor company representative if you should call to check on the progress or if he will call you with updates.
  • Be sure your service representative has a phone number where they can reach you at all times while they’re installing hardwood floors. The work will move along more smoothly if your hardwood floor company can reach you for any necessary updates, questions or work authorizations.
  • Before you hire a  hardwood floor company in San Francisco, including the larger neighborhoods of Sunset District, Richmond District, Mission District, Tenderloin, and Bernal Heights , restate your expectations and goals, and reiterate to the wood floor company representative your understanding of the agreement. Most problems with local hardwood floor companies occur because of a breakdown in communication. By being clear about your expectations and theirs, you can avoid most conflicts.
  • When your contractor contacts you, return calls promptly to keep the hardwood floor company on schedule.
  • Be clear and upfront with the hardwood floor company. Let them know what you want from your hardwood floor company, the long-term outcome you’re expecting and specific ways they can satisfy your expectations.
  • Pay for the hardwood floor company’s work promptly.
  • Remember, a friendly smile goes a long way.

Why would you want to be a good customer? Hardwood floor companies in San Francisco appreciate customers who are straightforward, honest and easy to work with. Your good customer behavior sets the tone from your end and creates an environment conducive to a good relationship. Things may very well go smoother and any problems may be more easily resolved. 

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Check the Work
Examine the Invoice and Completed San Francisco Hardwood Floor Company Work

When the hardwood floor is safely installed and the work is completed, your hardwood floor company is required to give you a written invoice. This must include:

·      The name and physical address of the wood floor company

·      A list of all work performed, including the warranty

·      An itemized list of all merchandise purchased or included

·      The total wood floor cost, including the amount charged for labor, if any

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When the hardwood floor is safely installed and the work is completed, your hardwood floor company is required to give you a written invoice. This must include:

·      The name and physical address of the wood floor company

·      A list of all work performed, including the warranty

·      An itemized list of all merchandise purchased or included

·      The total wood floor cost, including the amount charged for labor, if any

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Written Warranties
Written Warranties Requests from Your San Francisco Hardwood Floor Company

Before leaving the hardwood floor company, confirm any warranties offered by the hardwood floor shop in San Francisco, including the larger neighborhoods Excelsior, Pacific Heights, Nob Hill, North Beach, and Bayview District. The written warranty document must detail the following:

·      The hardwood floor company’s name and physical address...

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Before leaving the hardwood floor company, confirm any warranties offered by the hardwood floor shop in San Francisco, including the larger neighborhoods Excelsior, Pacific Heights, Nob Hill, North Beach, and Bayview District. The written warranty document must detail the following:

·      The hardwood floor company’s name and physical address

·      What the warranty covers. This should include whether the shop will replace or repair failed parts or give you a refund. Any exclusions must be explicitly stated.

  • Your responsibility in case of a hardwood floor problem and what you need to do in order to redeem the warranty.
  • How long the warranty is valid, and whether it expires on a specific day or if it is prorated.
  • If the hardwood floor warranty coverage is transferrable to the new owner in the event that you sell the home or building in which the wood floors have been installed.
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Top 10 Requests
Top Service Requests from Wood Floor Companies

Hardwood floor companies in San Francisco, including the larger neighborhoods of Sunset District, Richmond District, Mission District, Tenderloin, and Bernal Heights ,  provide all types of floorings. Following is a list of the most popular floors.

·      Bamboo flooring

o   Bamboo flooring is a popular option because it is environmentally friendly. It is durable and has the look of a wood floor.

·      Cork flooring...

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Hardwood floor companies in San Francisco, including the larger neighborhoods of Sunset District, Richmond District, Mission District, Tenderloin, and Bernal Heights ,  provide all types of floorings. Following is a list of the most popular floors.

·      Bamboo flooring

o   Bamboo flooring is a popular option because it is environmentally friendly. It is durable and has the look of a wood floor.

·      Cork flooring

o   Cork flooring is a popular option because it is environmentally friendly. Cork is harvested without killing the tree and it is inexpensive. However, it is also susceptible to wear and moisture.

·      Laminate flooring

o   Laminate flooring can mimic the look of hardwood flooring for much less money. Laminate floors are durable, resistant to dents, UV light, scratches, and stains. However, they are also susceptible to damage from moisture. This makes them a poor choice for kitchen or bathroom areas.

·      Plank flooring

o   Plank flooring comes in two thicknesses only—1/2 inch or ¾ inch--, but the widths can vary from three to eight inches.

·      Strip flooring

o   Strip flooring is known by the thickness and width of the wood planks. The width is set at 1 ½ inches, 2 inches, and 2 ¼ inches. The thickness ranges from 5/16 of an inch to ¾ of an inch wide.

·      Engineered wood flooring

o   Due to its low cost, engineered wood flooring has become very popular. However, engineered wood flooring contains no actual wood. It is produced by adhering layers of plastic laminate veneer with real wood.

·      Birch flooring

o   Birch flooring has the benefits of a hardwood floor such as hardness and durability, color variation, natural highlights in the wood, and comparable pricing to hardwoods. Birch flooring comes in paper birch, yellow birch, and sweet birch.

·      Pine flooring

o   Pine flooring is a popular option because it is environmentally friendly. It is made of pine resins, sawdust, cork dust, and limestone which make it highly durable. However, it does require frequent finishing.

·      Parquet floors

o   Parquet floors have an original look from regular hardwood floors. They are made up of geometrical patterns composed of individual wood slats held in place by either mechanical fastening or adhesive.

·      Cherry hardwood flooring

o   Cherry hardwood floors have rich, lustrous hues that deepen as the floor ages. Because it is a soft wood, it isn’t usually used for a whole floor. It does make an excellent accent or decorative wood.

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Top 10 Requests
Top 10 Brand Requests

Many companies are on the market for hardwood floors. Following is a list of popular hardwood floor brands that have had great success and have a good reputation.

Terra Verde Hardwood

Harris Hardwood

Nature Flooring Hardwoods

Triangulo Exotic Hardwood Flooring

Award Wood Floors

Kentwood Flooring

Hartco Hardwood

Tarkett Hardwood

Mannington Hardwood Floors

Wood Flooring International

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Many companies are on the market for hardwood floors. Following is a list of popular hardwood floor brands that have had great success and have a good reputation.

Terra Verde Hardwood

Harris Hardwood

Nature Flooring Hardwoods

Triangulo Exotic Hardwood Flooring

Award Wood Floors

Kentwood Flooring

Hartco Hardwood

Tarkett Hardwood

Mannington Hardwood Floors

Wood Flooring International

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If Things Go Wrong
The Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee

Diamond Certified hardwood floor contractors are backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. If the wood floor company is Diamond Certified and you can’t resolve the issue by talking with the owner, contact the mediation department at info@diamondcertified.org or call 800-738-1138.

How to Bring Conflict to an End With Your San Francisco Wood Floor Company ...

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Diamond Certified hardwood floor contractors are backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. If the wood floor company is Diamond Certified and you can’t resolve the issue by talking with the owner, contact the mediation department at info@diamondcertified.org or call 800-738-1138.

How to Bring Conflict to an End With Your San Francisco Wood Floor Company

Most hardwood floor companies in San Francisco, including the larger neighborhoods of Excelsior, Pacific Heights, Nob Hill, North Beach, and Bayview District, are honest and really do look out for their customers’ best interests. Still, you should know what to do if you are ever unhappy with your local wood floor company’s service or installation of a wood floor.

If you have a complaint or concern regarding your hardwood floor, the installation, or the service you received from your wood floor company, immediately request to speak with the service supervisor. This is often the best way to resolve problems directly with the hardwood floor company management, minimizing conflict and getting your purchase and/or installation done correctly and on time.

When discussing the issue with the service manager or shop owner, keep these tips in mind:

·      Set a deadline for resolution, and tell the company representative that you are willing to agree on a mutually-beneficial solution.

·      Let your hardwood floor company representative know that you’re willing to compromise or negotiate a mutually-beneficial agreement.

·      You may legally withhold payment until the dispute is resolved to your liking.

·      If you do not get a suitable response, consider hiring a local building inspector to evaluate the problem from a neutral standpoint.

·      Review the contract specifications with your contractor and attempt to verbally resolve any problems in person.

·      Remain calm and polite.

Document your concerns in writing with the hardwood floor company service or photograph your wood floor and the parts used if you have concerns about the quality of the wood floor or installation. Write down the hardwood floor company’s response to your complaints in case you need records for future arbitration.

If you can’t decide upon a mutual agreement, let the hardwood floor company know you are going to file a complaint with the Better Business Bureau and do so.

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Glossary of Terms
Hardwood Flooring Glossary
Newly laid hardwood flooring entryway, stairs and greatroom.
A home entryway after a new hardwood flooring installation. Photo: Flooring Alternatives (2012)

bamboo flooring
Bamboo hardwood flooring is environmentally friendly, durable, and has the look of a wood floor.

Also known as: bamboo hardwood floors, hardwood flooring, solid hardwood flooring, hardwood flooring installation

Brazilian cherry hardwood flooring
Brazilian cherry hardwood flooring is an exotic hardwood flooring that has a natural reddish brown color and superior hardness....

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bamboo flooring
Bamboo hardwood flooring is environmentally friendly, durable, and has the look of a wood floor.

Also known as: bamboo hardwood floors, hardwood flooring, solid hardwood flooring, hardwood flooring installation

Brazilian cherry hardwood flooring
Brazilian cherry hardwood flooring is an exotic hardwood flooring that has a natural reddish brown color and superior hardness.

Also known as: Brazilian cherry hardwood floors reviews, Brazilian cherry wood, cherry hardwood flooring, Brazilian cherry hardwood floors, hardwood flooring Brazilian cherry, Brazilian cherry engineered flooring

birch flooring
Birch flooring has the benefits of a hardwood floor such as hardness and durability, color variation, natural highlights in the wood, and comparable pricing to hardwoods. Birch flooring comes in paper birch, yellow birch, and sweet birch.

Also known as: birch floors, yellow birch flooring, birch wood floors, birch wood flooring, birch hardwood floors

cherry hardwood flooring
Cherry hardwood floors have rich, lustrous hues that deepen as the floor ages. Because it is a soft wood, it isn’t usually used for a whole floor. It does make an excellent accent or decorative wood.

Also known as: Brazilian cherry hardwood flooring

distressed wood flooring
Distressed wood flooring is a recent trend in wood flooring that is rooted in history. The wood floor is scraped on site to make the floors flat, add texture, richness, and uniqueness. Though distressing a hardwood floor can and should be done by hand in order to maintain the natural look of the wood with wormholes, splits and other character markings, it is often done by machine which causes repetition of the pattern.

Also known as: wood floor, hand scraped wood floors, hard wood floors, wood flooring types, wood flooring installation, discount wood flooring, cheap wood flooring

engineered wood flooring
Engineered wood floors are built with 3-12 multiple ply layers that are cross layered, glued and pressed together. The inner layers are generally built up with either a hardwood or a soft plywood type of material. The top veneer wear layer is glued and pressed on the top surface. Engineered wood flooring is available in most all wood species. It is more resistant to higher moisture levels than solid wood flooring and it can be directly glued down over concrete slabs.

Also known as: engineered wood flooring reviews, engineered wood floor, what is engineered wood flooring, engineered wood flooring installation, discount engineered wood flooring, engineered wood floors

exotic hardwood flooring
Exotic hardwood flooring is composed of exotic hardwoods from Brazil, Asia, and Africa. The woods come from managed forests and beautifully transform any room. Exotic hardwood flooring never needs to be stained as the color will always remain true to the original.

floating wood floors
Floating wood floors are a form of an engineered wood floor that is installed using a floating method. The wood floor is not secured to any subfloor but is suspended above the floor while resting on a cushioned underlayment.

Also known as: floating wood flooring, hard wood flooring, wood flooring types, wood flooring, floating wood floor installation, install floating wood floors

hand scraped wood floors
Hand scraped wood floors are a recent trend in wood flooring that is rooted in history. The wood floor is scraped on site to make the floors flat, add texture, richness, and uniqueness. Though scraping the wood can and should be done by hand in order to maintain the natural look of the wood with wormholes, splits and other character markings, it is often done by machine which causes repetition of the pattern.

Also known as: hand scraped hardwood flooring, distressed wood flooring, hand scraped bamboo flooring, handscraped wood floors, handscraped wood flooring, wood flooring hand scraped

hardwood floor installation
Hardwood floor installation refers to installing a woodfloor in your home or business.

Also known as: hardwood flooring installation, installing hardwood flooring, install hardwood floor, hardwood floor installer, wood flooring installation, hardwood floor install

hardwood floor refinishing
Hardwood floor refinishing refers to the process of refinishing a wood floor in order to bring back its original shine and preserve the quality of the wood.

Also known as: how to refinish hardwood floors, refinishing hardwood floors, refinish hardwood floors, wood floor refinishing

hickory wood flooring
Hickory wood flooring is made out of hickory wood and has a reputation for durability. It is  one of the hardest wood floorings available.

Also known as: hickory hardwood flooring, cheap wood flooring, hickory hardwood floors, wood flooring types, wood flooring prices

home hardwood flooring
Home hardwood flooring is a reference to purchasing and installing a hardwood floor for the home. Hardwood floors increase the value of your home and if properly maintained, should last the lifetime of your home.

Also known as: hardwood flooring, wood flooring, wood floors

laminate wood flooring
Laminate wood flooring mimics the look of hardwood flooring for much less money. Laminate floors are durable, resistant to dents, UV light, scratches, and stains. However, they are also susceptible to damage from moisture. This makes them a poor choice for kitchen or bathroom areas.

Also known as: laminated wood floor, cheap laminate wood flooring, laminated wood flooring

natural wood flooring
Natural wood flooring refers to a hardwood floor that preserves the natural beauty, color and characteristics of wood, including wormholes, splits and other character markings.

Also known as: wood flooring, wood floor, natural wood floors, types of wood flooring

oak hardwood flooring
Oak hardwood flooring comes in red oak, which is the most popular flooring option, and white oak. Red oak is reddish in color and is a stiff, dense wood that resists wear. White oak is brown in color with a grayish cast and has more burls and swirls. It is harder and more resists wear better than red oak.

Also known as: oak hardwood floor, hardwood floors, red oak hardwood floors, cheap hardwood flooring, prefinished hardwood floors

parquet wood flooring
Parquet wood flooring is made of a geometric mosaic of hardwood floor pieces and used for decorative effect. Parquet flooring is common in foyers and entryways of homes as it lends a rich effect.

Also known as: parquet wood floor, parquet wood floor tiles, wood parquet floor, parquet wood flooring tiles, engineered wood flooring, parquetry

pine flooring
Pine flooring is made from pine which is a yellowish brown color and contains a lot of swirls and knots. It is almost as hard as red oak and has a natural resistance to insects.

Also known as: heart pine flooring, pine floors, pine plank flooring, pine wood floors, red pine flooring, heart pine floors, antique pine flooring, pine floor, pine laminate flooring, authentic pine floors, yellow pine flooring, heart of pine flooring

plank hardwood flooring
Plank hardwood flooring comes in two thicknesses only—1/2 inch or ¾ inch--, but the widths can vary from three to eight inches. Plank flooring has the appearance of very wide planks of wood.

Also known as: wide plank hardwood floor, hardwood flooring wide plank, hardwood floor planks, hardwood plank floors, prefinished hardwood flooring

prefinished hardwood flooring
Prefinished hardwood flooring is a faster, less labor intensive alternative to unfinished flooring. The finish already applied before installation so that the hardwood floor simply needs to be installed.

reclaimed wood flooring
Reclaimed wood flooring is created from wood that is taken for re-use. This reclaimed wood usually comes from timbers and decking that is stripped from old barns, factories and warehouses.

Also known as: reclaimed wood, hard wood floors, recycled wood flooring, reclaimed wood floors, engineered wood flooring, reclaimed wood floor

rustic hardwood flooring
Rustic hardwood flooring is a wood flooring created from wood that is taken for re-use. This reclaimed wood usually comes from timbers and decking that is stripped from old barns, factories and warehouses.

Also known as: rustic hardwood floors, prefinished hardwood flooring, engineered hardwood flooring, hardwood flooring, hardwood floors

solid hardwood flooring
Solid hardwood flooring is a solid hardwood floor that has been installed using solid wood rather than an engineered hardwood floor which has the look and appearance of solid wood but is not.

Also known as: solid hardwood floors, hardwood floors, cheap hardwood flooring, hardwood flooring, hardwood flooring types

teak flooring
Teak flooring is made out of the teak tree and is a highly durable, though very expensive, wood. The teak tree does not grow in rainforests and can withstand a lot of abuse which makes it the perfect choice for an active family.

Also known as: teak hardwood flooring, teak wood floors, golden teak flooring, Brazilian teak flooring, teak hardwood floors, teak and holly flooring, Brazilian teak hardwood flooring, teak wood floor, Brazilian teak hardwood flooring, Brazilian teak floor, teak wood flooring, teak floor, flooring options

unfinished wood floor
An unfinished wood floor is a floor that needs to be finished—sanded and then a finish applied—after installation. The beauty of a sanded and finished hardwood floor is unsurpassed when compared to prefinished flooring.

Also known as: engineered wood floors, hard wood floors, cheap wood flooring, wood floor installation, discount wood flooring, wholesale wood flooring, wide plank flooring, tiger wood flooring, bamboo wood flooring

walnut hardwood flooring
Walnut hardwood flooring is made up of two groups: heartwood and sapwood. The walnut heartwood group varies in color from a deep, rich brown to a purplish black color. Walnut sapwood ranges from nearly white to a tan color. Sapwood is the outer part of the tree so it is less durable and more permeable. It is also the smoother of the two options which means that it warps more easily. The heartwood is the older, stronger part of the wood so it is a great choice for flooring.

Also known as: Brazilian walnut hardwood floors, Brazilian walnut hardwood flooring, asian walnut hardwood flooring, engineered hardwood flooring, prefinished hardwood flooring

wide plank hardwood flooring
Wide plank flooring comes in two thicknesses only—1/2 inch or ¾ inch--, but the widths can vary from three to eight inches. It has the appearance of very wide planks of wood.

Also known as: wide plank flooring, wide plank wood flooring, wide plank floors, wide plank hardwood, wide plank hardwood floors

wooden floors
Wooden floors are floors made out of wood or materials that have the appearance of wood.

Also known as: reclaimed wooden flooring, painting wooden floors, wooden flooring cost, cleaning wooden floors

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FAQ for Local Hardwood Flooring Installers

Q: Why choose a Diamond Certified hardwood floor installation company?...

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Q: Why choose a Diamond Certified hardwood floor installation company?
A: Diamond Certified helps you choose a hardwood floor company with confidence by offering a list of top-rated local companies who have passed the country’s most in-depth rating process. Only wood floor companies rated Highest in Quality earn the prestigious Diamond Certified award. Most companies can’t pass the ratings. American Ratings Corporation also monitors every Diamond Certified company with ongoing research and ratings. And your purchase is backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. So you’ll feel confident choosing a Diamond Certified wood floor company.

Q: Can I install a solid wood floor over a concrete slab?
A: There have been successful installations of solid wood flooring installed over dry concrete slabs, but as a general rule, this is not recommended. This may also void your warranty so be sure to check with the manufacturer regarding their recommendations before you do install a solid wood floor over a concrete slab.

Q: What wood floor can be installed over a concrete slab?

A: Most engineered and longstrip plank floors can be installed over a concrete slab. They can be glued directly to a clean, dry concrete slab. Some engineered wood floors can also be glued at the tongue and grooves and then allowed to be floated over a special paidding laid over the concrete slab. Furthermore, there are some new “hybrid” engineered floors that can be floated over a concrete slab. As a side note, new concrete slabs must be fully cured for at least sixty days. Be sure to read and follow the manufacturer’s recommended installation procedures.

Q: Can I install a hardwood floor over an existing vinyl floor?
A: Yes, under certain conditions. If the vinyl floor is thin and secured well to the subfloor, you may be able to float a wood floor over it. In certain situations you may be able to nail or staple a wood floor over it. Be sure to get the manufacturer’s installation procedures for going over a vinyl floor and also make sure to check if this type of installation is covered by the manufacturer’s warranty.

Q: How do I remove scratches from my wood floor?
A: This depends on the type of wood floor that you have, the finish that you have, and how deep the scratches are in the top layer. For small, minor scratches in a urethane finish, you can order a touch-up kit from the store you purchased the flooring from. You will want to first test the finish products by applying a small amount in an out of the way area. For deep scratches, you may need to have a professional do a screen and recoat. The professional uses a special sanding screen to lightly abrade the floor’s finish which helps the new urethane bond better to the existing finish. Sometimes you may even be able to just replace the damaged boards.

Q: Can I install hardwood flooring if I have pets?
A: Hardwood floors are not designed for the abuse a dog or can cause on a hardwood flooring surface. Urine can permanently discolor the finish of the wood floor, and dogs’ claws can leave scratch marks in the finish. The type of wood you buy, the color, and the finish will all factor into how well the floor’s finish will withstand scratches and excessive wear from your pet.

Q: Can an engineered wood floor be refinished?
A: Engineered wood floors with a 1/8” thick finish layer can be sanded and refinished one or two times. The sanding and refinishing of an engineered wooden floor is best completed by an experienced hardwood flooring contractor. Be sure to check with the manufacturer to see if they recommend sanding and refinishing the engineered flooring.

Q: Can I use throw rugs on my hardwood flooring?
A: Before you use any throw rugs on your hardwood floor, you should know the type of finish you have on the floor. Make sure that your rugs are non-staining which means that the colored dyes will not bleed. In the presence of moisture, some dyes used in rugs may bleed through and discolors the surface of the wood floor. Also, if the rug has a rough backing material, it may scratch the surface of the floor. Be sure to clean dirt and debris from underneath the rug on a regular basis. Also, you will want to move the rug occasionally to prevent possible shading of the wood underneath the rug.

Q: How do I stop a solid hardwood floor from gapping?
A: Unfortunately, gapping in solid wood floors cannot be stopped completely. Wood expands and contracts as the humidity changes. Using a humidifier during the warmer months may help reduce the amount of gapping in solid wood floors. Also, some types of wood may expand and contract less than others. One advantage of engineered wood floors is that they are more dimensionally stable and show little or no gaps between planks.

Q: What should I use under furniture legs?
A: Most flooring companies carry the recommended felt pads for you to use under chair legs and other furniture. These felt pads come in various sizes. Some just stick onto the bottom of the legs while others need to be nailed on. Follow the directions provided with the pads. Be sure to check and clean the pads regularly to prevent debris, dirt, and small particles from being trapped in the pad. This could cause scratches in the wood floor’s finish.

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Consumer Agencies
Professional Associations for Hardwood Flooring Installers

CFI Certified Floor Covering Installers (http://www.cfi-installers.org/)
CSLB Contractors State License Board (http://www.cslb.ca.gov/)
DCA California Department of Consumer Affairs (www.dca.ca.gov)
FIANA Floor Installation Association of North America (http://www.fiana.org/)...

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CFI Certified Floor Covering Installers (http://www.cfi-installers.org/)
CSLB Contractors State License Board (http://www.cslb.ca.gov/)
DCA California Department of Consumer Affairs (www.dca.ca.gov)
FIANA Floor Installation Association of North America (http://www.fiana.org/)
FCICA Floor Covering Installation Contractors Association (http://www.fcica.com/)

MFMA Maple Flooring Manufacturing Association (http://www.maplefloor.org/)
NALFA North American Laminate Flooring Association (http://www.nalfa.com/)
NCBE North Coast Builders Exchange (http://www.ncbeonline.com/)
NOFMA Wood Flooring Manufacturers Association (http://www.nofma.org/)
NWFA National Wood Flooring Association (http://www.woodfloors.org/)
PFIA Professional Flooring Installers Association (http://www.pfia.org/)
WFCA Wood Floor Covering Association (http://www.wfca.org/)

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Industry Information
San Francisco Hardwood Flooring Information
Popular Brands of Hardwood FloorTypes of Hardwood Flooring & Services Available in San Francisco Districts Served Zip Codes Served
BR 111 Hardwood Flooringunfinished wood floorBarbary Coast
Bayview District
Bernal Heights
the Castro
Cole Valley
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Diamond Heights
Duboce Triangle
Eureka Valley
Excelsior
Financial District
Fisherman's Wharf
Fort Mason
Glen Park
Golden Gate Park
the Haight
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Hayes Valley
Hunters Point
Inner Richmond
Inner Sunset
Jackson Square
Japantown
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Marina District
Mission District
Nob Hill
Noe Valley
North Beach
Outer Richmond
Outer Sunset
Pacific Heights
Potrero Flats
Potrero Hill
Presidio
Rincon Hill
Russian Hill
San Francisco
Sea Cliff
South of Market Street (SOMA)
Sunset District
Telegraph Hill
the Tenderloin
the Presidio
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Twin Peaks
Union Square
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Bruce Hardwoodwide plank hardwood flooring
Pinnacle Hardwood Floorsengineered wood flooring
Versini Hardwood Floorhardwood floor installation
Columbia Hardwood Flooringoak hardwood flooring
Terra Verde Hardwoodwalnut hardwood flooring
Harris Hardwoodbamboo hardwood flooring
Nature Flooring Hardwoodsoak hardwood flooring
Triangulo Exotic Hardwood Flooringplank hardwood flooring
Tarkett Hardwoodprefinished hardwood flooring
Mannington Hardwood Floorssolid hardwood flooring
Wood Flooring Internationalpine flooring
Eterna Hardwoodteak flooring
Landmax Hardwoodhome hardwood flooring
Kahrs Hardwood Flooringlaminate wood flooring
Hartco Hardwoodrustic hardwood flooring
LM Flooring Hardwoodswooden floors
Armstrong Global Exotic Hardwoodshardwood floor refinishing
Award Wood Floorscherry hardwood flooring
Mohawk Hardwood Floorsbirch flooring
Mirage Wood Floorshickory wood flooring
Shaw Hardwood Floorsfloating wood floors
Metropolitan Hardwoodparquet wood flooring
Kentwood Flooringreclaimed wood flooring
Heritage Woodcraft HardwoodBrazilian cherry hardwood flooring
Artisans Hardwood Floorsexotic hardwood flooring
Mullican Hardwoodhand scraped wood floors
Somerset Hardwoodnatural wood flooring
Johnson Flooringdistressed wood flooring