Best Refinishing | Installation hardwood floors 

National Floors has been doing business in the Bay Area for over a decade. Our reputation is amazing and that's because we specialize in hardwood floors. Our contractors have a C15 license, which gives us "Expert" qualifications, compared to that of our competition. We managed to maintain a 5 star reputation because we truly care about the finished results of your project. So how do we do it? High quality craftsmanship combined with a no deposit policy. Unlike our competitors, we do not require a deposit for our hardwood floor services. National Floors is so confident that your floors will turn out beautifully, we can afford to operate this way. This gives you the comfort and confidence in knowing that you have not taken a chance by handing a stranger your money. We have a wonderful way of pleasing our customers.

Refinishing Hardwood Floors 

If you are interested in having your hardwood floor refinished, look no further. We can sand all types of hardwood floors. When sanding the floors, you will be left with clean hardwood floors. Our refinishing costs are very fair and our level of craftsmanship is at the top.

Best Hardwood floor installation | solid hardwood vs engineered hardwood

solid vs engineered

National floors install all types of hardwood floors. Our flooring costs are very competitive.
• Bamboo flooring both solid and prefinished
• Engineered flooring comes in prefinished and unfinished
• Oak flooring. You have a choice of red oak or white oak
• Solid flooring is the same species from top to bottom

Hardwood flooring has different types or options to choose from depending on the what type of surface you are installing on. To the right, you can see the difference between solid hardwood flooring vs. engineered hardwood flooring. Solid hardwood flooring is intended to be nailed down to a wooden sub-floor, while engineered hardwood floor is designed to be glued or floated onto a concrete slab. The low quality engineered CANNOT be sanded and is considered a "One" time floor. In other words, once the floor is worn, it will need to be replaced and lacks the option to sand and finish to restore to a like "New" appearance. This option seems affordable in the beginning, but in the big picture, you pay much more for your hardwood flooring.

Hardwood floor repair 

Consist of all types of hardwood flooring. We can fix solid, engineered, oak flooring, etc... It doesn't matter if you have water damage, fire damage or just wear and tear.

Questions and Answers about your hardwood floor project 

Q:  My floors scratch easy.  Am I doing something wrong? 

A:  It's possible.  All furniture should have protective pads on the feet to prevent from scratching.  It is "Always" best to lift and place when it comes to moving furniture.  Dragging furniture is almost a guarantee something bad will follow.  

Q:  Will polyurethane prevent my floor from denting or gauging? 

A:  No!  Polyurethane is a protective coating intended to protect from moderate downward force or wear.  If anyone tells you different, have that person apply some polyurethane to their hand, let it dry and then ask them if you could hit their hand with a hammer.  I bet they say no.        

Q:  Do hardwood floors dent? 

A:  Yes!  There is not a hardwood floor in the world that is impervious to denting or gauging.  When enough force is applied, any hardwood floor will dent. 

Q:  Why are my hardwood floors dull?

A:  9 times out of 10 it is because you are using a cleaner that contains chelates.  Chelates are acidics that slowly dull your floor.  All floor cleaners should be PH neutral for hardwood floors to avoid this.  Another possibility is the cleaner you are using is leaving a film behind and that film effects the sheen. 

Q:  How do I get my hardwood floors to shine again?

A:  Cleaning more or scrubbing harder will not revive your hardwood floors once they have been damaged.  Ultimately, the dullness is fine scratches that require a recoat (new coat of polyurethane) 

Q:  Are some hardwood floors more resistant to denting or gauging than others? 

A:  Yes, well kind of.  Hardwood floors are density rated with the Janka scale.  This scale identifies which hardwood is the softest or hardest depending on how you use it.  If you were to compare doug fir to Brazilian cherry, the Brazilian cherry is 4 times denser.  Therefore it would take a much greater force when impacted to dent it.  Ultimately, given the right amount of force, any hardwood floor will dent.    

Q:  How long does it take to refinish hardwood floors?

A:  That all depends on the square footage and the color of choice along with any other issues like repairs.  Even the smallest job, like one bedroom would take 2 to 3 days due to 3 coats of finish being applied and dry time.  

Q:  Do I have to leave my home when you are refinishing my hardwood floors?

A:  It is possible to stay in your home.  That all depends on the architecture of your home and the scope of work.  If you have access to let's say bedrooms while the other areas of the home are being sand and finished, then yes, you can stay in your home

Q:  Do you make color suggestions like an interior designer? 

A:  It is against company policy to make color decisions for our clients. 

Q:  What is better, water based polyurethane or oil based polyurethane?

A:  There are some high quality water base finish out there, but unfortunately you can get the same quality in the high end oil base polyurethane that we typically use for a lesser price.  If you are on a budget, we would suggest oil based polyurethane over water based urethane. 

Q:  How long should hardwood floor acclimate in the home before installation?

A:  According to the National Wood Floor Association, a minimum of 4-8 days. 

Q:  What is better, solid hardwood flooring or engineered hardwood flooring?

A:  It's not a matter of which is better, it is a matter of which is correct for your project.  Engineered hardwood floor is designed to be installed on top of a concrete slab.  Solid hardwood floor is designed to be installed on top of a wooden subfloor.  If you had the same quality of engineered vs. solid hardwood floor, engineered typically cost more.  So it is not adviseable to install engineered on top of a wooden subfloor. 

Q:  Which hardwood floor last longer; Engineered or solid hardwood? 

A:  Solid hardwood will typically last over 100 years.  Engineered hardwood life is based on how thick the wear layer is.  If you purchased a low end engineered hardwood floor, then you can bet the life of the floor will be fractional compared to that of a solid hardwood flooring. 

Q:  What should I know about gluing down hardwood floor? 

A:  You should first know that it typically cost more to remove glued down floor than it does to install it.  Knowing that, make sure you purchase a quality engineered hardwood floors that will prevent you from uninstalling it.     

Q:  Is refinishing hardwood floors easy to do?

A:  On a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the most difficult.  It's easy to say that sand and finishing a hardwood floor is a 10.  Each month we intercept projects that homeowners attempted to complete and found that they not only had the skill, but the work ethic to complete the project.  Those DYI shows never show you close ups of the disasters the homeowners did to their own home.  

Q:  When shopping for a contractor, should I choose the cheapest guy?

A:  Common sense will tell you that if a contractors price is cheap, it's cheap for a reason.  Perhaps the work this person is producing is low quality or the products they use are inferior and have a short life (In other words, you will need your floors refinished much sooner).  On the contrary, like in any industry, a contractor that is producing high quality work will not work for less.  High quality contractors are in demand and have the reputation to prove it.  They are also licensed, bonded and insured for your protection.  

Q:  What kind of deposit is expected?  

A:  When you work with National Floors, there is no deposit.  When the work is completed and you are satisfied, you will pay 100% on the back end.  Most contractors won't work like this, but since we specialize in hardwood floors, we are confident in our ability.

Q: How long should I expect my refinished hardwood floors to last? 

A:  That all depends on the occupants and the level of activity your home will experience.  Let's say there are only 2 people that live in the home and never entertain and always take their shoes off when in the house.  You might be looking at a 20-30 year life.  On the other hand, if you have a family of 4, with young kids, a pet and entertain a few times a year, you can expect a short life for your floors due to the increased usage.

Q:  How much does it typically cost to refinish my hardwood floors?

A:  There is no exact answer because each job is unique in some way.  I can give you a hypothetical:  A home that has 800 square feet of hardwood floor and the customer wants it stained, the cost is $3.50/square foot. 

Q:  Is it cheaper to refinish hardwood floors or install carpet?

A:  Believe it or not, it is almost always cheaper to refinish your existing hardwood floors than it is to install new carpet.