Recommendation for Hardwood Flooring Company?

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Submitted by earlyretirement on July 21, 2011 - 11:43am

Can any of you recommend a trustworthy and dependable and ethical company for hardwood flooring installation? I know there are lots of companies in San Diego but I'd prefer to use companies that people have actually used and had good experiences with.

Also, is high end hard wood flooring still running about $10 - $12 per sq. foot with installation these days in San Diego?

Thanks in advance for your recommendations.

Submitted by AN on July 21, 2011 - 11:53am.

I can't give you a recommendation on the flooring company since I have mine installed by an independent contractor. But with regards to high end hard wood flooring, I think $10-$12/sq-ft seems about right for material a lone. Installation runs between $1.50-2.50/sq-ft. High end bamboo from Teragren goes for around $6-8/sq-ft for materials.

Submitted by pabloesqobar on July 21, 2011 - 1:44pm.

Jim the Realtor has a list of folks he recommends on his website:

http://www.bubbleinfo.com/real-estate-ad...

The carpet folks on his list do hardwood floors and apparently give a 10% discount if you mention his name. I've never used them.

Submitted by earlyretirement on July 21, 2011 - 7:26pm.

Thanks guys. Also, thanks to the private PM's I received of people that personally used companies. I really prefer to take a look at companies that people have actually used rather than realtor referrals. Thanks again.

Submitted by jimklinge on July 21, 2011 - 8:54pm.

Here's a video on hardwoods:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kvDTTbpoHj8

Submitted by earlyretirement on July 26, 2011 - 6:22pm.

jimklinge wrote:
Here's a video on hardwoods:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kvDTTbpoHj8

Thanks Jim...I checked out the video and it's really great. I also see from your website that you personally used him which is great. I'll get a quote from him for our house. Thanks for taking the time to post it.

His website also had some good checklists pre/post installation so very helpful.

Submitted by jimklinge on July 27, 2011 - 8:22am.

You're welcome!

Submitted by XBoxBoy on July 27, 2011 - 9:19am.

If you're looking at $10-12 per sq foot you might consider putting in solid wood instead of laminate. To do this, you are best off buying the wood and having it milled (Frost Hardwoods on Miramar is probably the best place for this) and then hiring someone to install it. Some installers prefer to have the wood delivered and then allow it to acclimate before installing, others prefer to install it as soon as it's milled. (I think the later choice makes more sense if you're near the beach, since the tongue in groove can swell and be hard to install) Be sure you have everything planned and scheduled before they mill the boards.

Submitted by teacherSD on July 27, 2011 - 9:43am.

I've used JtR's flooring guys for carpet and I was very happy with the whole experience.

Submitted by earlyretirement on July 27, 2011 - 1:18pm.

XBoxBoy wrote:
If you're looking at $10-12 per sq foot you might consider putting in solid wood instead of laminate. To do this, you are best off buying the wood and having it milled (Frost Hardwoods on Miramar is probably the best place for this) and then hiring someone to install it. Some installers prefer to have the wood delivered and then allow it to acclimate before installing, others prefer to install it as soon as it's milled. (I think the later choice makes more sense if you're near the beach, since the tongue in groove can swell and be hard to install) Be sure you have everything planned and scheduled before they mill the boards.

DEFINITELY we will put in hardwood flooring and not laminate as I think that looks horrible. I emailed Jim's contact and waiting to hear back from them. It won't be cheap as the house is 4,200 sq. feet. Fortunately the bottom level has hardwood flooring but the top is all carpet now and we're looking to go with hardwood.

Submitted by New Guy on September 9, 2011 - 3:44pm.

Does anyone have any experience with Lumber Liquidators? I know they subcontract their installation so that's a crap shoot but also was curious about the quality of their flooring. I've been looking at their Bellawood line and they seem to be reasonably priced.

Any opinions? Good, bad and ugly.

Submitted by earlyretirement on September 9, 2011 - 7:55pm.

I'm not sure about Lumber Liquidators. I just signed a contract with Jim's guy and paid the deposit today. Jim was right these guys are true professionals. Always on-time and showed up when they said they would.

They came out and took full measurements. I wanted to get an exact match of the hardwood flooring below but they don't manufacture it anymore. But they got the closest match and ordered a sample so I could see it.

I just paid the deposit today. Not cheap at $20,500+ for just upstairs and the stairway but so far so good with their customer service. I'll post an update once they finish the job and post some before and after photos.

Thanks again Jim....

Submitted by earlyretirement on November 16, 2011 - 6:22pm.

Just a follow up post as the company just finished the job last week. I can't recommend this company enough. VERY reputable and true professionals.

Jim was spot on target about the referral so thanks again Jim. I dealt with Ken there at Phillips Abbey Carpet and he was extremely great to work with.

Ken originally told me that the job would take about 2.5 weeks from start to finish. They finished the job in less than 1 week! He ended up putting 2 teams of workers on it so I had 4 workers each day. They showed up by 7:30 AM and stayed until late afternoon.

Extremely hard workers that barely even took a lunch break. The upstairs was 2,200 sq. feet plus the staircase is also fairly large and they did that too.

I ended up buying some carpet inlay as well as a few thousand dollars worth of custom made rugs with them as well. There quality control is very good. They noticed some irregularities on the rugs as they were getting bound and they sent them back. That was the only delay...so we're looking forward to getting the custom carpets.

Definitely if you have ANY flooring needs (carpet, wood floors, etc) I'd highly recommend these guys and especially dealing with Ken there. And if you can, ask him to send Carlos and his team of workers. They were very efficient and quick.

Philip Rivers (SD Chargers QB) lives in my development and these guys did his hardwood flooring as well).

After they were finished with the installation I noted that the wood banisters and the sides to the staircase didn't match the color of the hardwood floors so I decided to sand it down and get it totally stained.

I didn't realize that was such a big job. Ken recommended another company that specialized in that. The guy he referred came out the same day I called him to give a quote. I hired him right away and he started 3 days later. They are working on it now and almost done. VERY professional group of guys.

The only footnote I'd mention is that Ken recommended me to a guy to do iron balusters on the staircase. I have to say I wouldn't use this guy again. He has been extremely unresponsive and not good communicating. I can't say for sure how that part of the job will turn out as he still hasn't finished and now says that he can't come out until November 28.

But all emails and phone calls typically took a week or more to get back to me which I find horrible when you own your own business. It was such a contrast to Ken and the other people he referred me to.

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