Hardwood Floors

Dan Yorke is a 28-year veteran of the hardwood flooring industry and owner of Danville Hardwood Company Incorporated, a Diamond Certified company. He can be reached at (925) 838-1311 or by email.

Choosing the Right Hardwood Floor Cleaning Product

Posted on February 08, 2019 by James Florence

DANVILLE — A hardwood floor is a big investment, and the best way to protect that investment is by employing proper care and maintenance. However, just any maintenance won’t do—it needs to be appropriate for the type of floor and, more importantly, the type of finish you have.

There are three major finishes used on hardwood floors: urethane, UV oil and oil-based. Each of these finishes requires a different cleaning product (or set of products). Urethane is the most low-maintenance of the three. For cleaning a urethane-finished floor, Bona® Hardwood Floor Cleaner is a good choice. Simply spray your mophead with the cleaner and wipe the floor clean.

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Considerations for Choosing a Wood Flooring Product

Posted on February 08, 2019 by James Florence

DANVILLE — When choosing a new wood flooring product for your home, you’ll need to consider several factors to make the right decision. A good starting place is to consider the size and character of your household, as this will inform the criteria on which you’ll base your decision. For example, if you have an “active” household with young children and pets, you’re going to have very different criteria than a retired couple.

One of the most important characteristics to look for in a flooring product is durability. If you have an active household, you’ll want a floor that can stand up to wear—a dense product like oak or maple as opposed to softer wood like poplar or alder. Read more

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Video: The Impact of Floorboard Length

Posted on May 30, 2018 by James Florence

DANVILLE — Host, Sarah Rutan: When choosing a hardwood flooring product, one often-overlooked attribute to consider is board length. Today we’re in Danville with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Dan Yorke of Danville Hardwood Company to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Dan Yorke: One thing that is often overlooked in choosing a hardwood floor is the board lengths. A lot of the prefinished hardwood floors come as long as 48 inches, or only up to 48 inches. At Danville Hardwood Company, we have manufacturers that have random length to 12 foot long.

When you see a house that has long boards in it, it makes such an impression when you walk in. Read more

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Video: Wood and Faux Wood Flooring Options

Posted on April 03, 2018 by James Florence

SAN RAFAEL — Host, Sarah Rutan: If you’re planning to install wood flooring in your home, make sure you know the full spectrum of your options. Today we’re in San Rafael with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Steve Villa of Rafael Floors, Abbey Carpet Center to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Steve Villa: Wood-like floors are very popular these days. And so, today I want to discuss the various options, of which there are several. And the first and probably the most obvious option is real hardwood floors. With real hardwood there are 2 options. One would be an unfinished wood floor, which we would install, sand, and finish in your house. Read more

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Wood and Faux Wood Flooring Options

Posted on March 23, 2018 by James Florence

SAN RAFAEL — If you’re thinking about installing a wood or faux wood floor in your home, you’ll want to know the full spectrum of your options. Here’s a summary of these options and their benefits:

Authentic wood flooring

The authentic wood flooring family consists of two types of products: unfinished and prefinished. An unfinished wood floor is installed, sanded and finished in the home. This option offers three main benefits:

1. Since an unfinished wood floor is sanded in place after installation, it provides an opportunity to get the smoothest possible finish.

2. An unfinished wood floor affords a virtually unlimited range of custom color and stain options. Read more

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Video: Tips for Choosing Hardwood Flooring

Posted on March 02, 2018 by James Florence

PLEASANT HILL — Host, Sarah Rutan: When replacing your home’s hardwood floors, take the time to choose a quality product that meets your needs. Today we’re in Pleasant Hill with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Bojan Milosevic of European Hardwood Floors to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Bojan Milosevic: When choosing the hardwood floors for your home, your condo, or your place, please visit the local store, making sure that you select the floors that you really like. And they can feel the floors and hold it in their hands. Most of the people, they like to step on the floors to feel it, how it feels with their bare feet. Read more

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Questions to Ask When Choosing Hardwood Flooring

Posted on February 23, 2018 by James Florence

PLEASANT HILL — When choosing hardwood flooring for your home, make sure you’re getting a quality product that’s also right for your home. One of the best ways to do this is to ask plenty of questions. Here are a few to consider:

“Where is it made?” Since different countries have different regulations for harvesting and manufacturing flooring materials, it’s important to find out where flooring products come from. For instance, while the United States has strict regulations regarding sustainability and safety, China’s lack of regulation leaves room for unsustainable harvesting practices and unsound manufacturing methods. In fact, some Chinese-made flooring products have been known to off-gas toxic fumes, due to the materials used in manufacturing. Read more

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