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A guide to getting the right flooring installation 

 
Flooring is usually the first thing people see, and it can set the tone for the entire room. Shopping can be exciting, with all the different types, styles, and colors, but, on the other hand, it can be overwhelming. It's not just a matter of choosing a design, but you also need to consider other factors, including durability and budget.
 

Excellent installation services are vital

 
The most high-quality product can still look inadequate if the installation is sloppy. You want a gap and wrinkle-free surface, with smooth, straight lines without any subfloor imperfections that can reach the surface. When you need flooring installers in San Jose, CA, consider Floor Depot. We're known for our superior installation skills.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Know the rating systems

 
Some floorings, such as tile, laminate, and hardwood, have rating systems that determine strength and hardness. Tile has a one-to-five class rating; C-l is only for walls, and C-2 is for low traffic floors. C-3 and C-4 are the most recommended for residential applications, as they are fine for medium to heavy foot traffic. C-5 is recommended for commercial installation.

Laminate has an AC (Abrasion Criteria) rating from one to six. AC2 is recommended for moderate foot traffic, while AC3 is suggested for heavy foot traffic in busy rooms like the kitchen, bath, or laundry room. The Janka Scale of Hardness rates wood; some use 1,000 as a benchmark, while others may use 1290, Hickory's rating, as a comparison.

Carpet uses density, not weight, to determine quality; it refers to how closely together the fibers are tufted. If you bend back a sample card and see a lot of white space, ask why. High pile rugs, which have long, loose fibers like the shag or frieze, also use the twist. It refers to how many times a fiber is twisted per one-inch length. Twist numbers range from one to six, although frieze goes as high as eight. The higher the number, the more durable.

While luxury vinyl doesn't have a rating per se, the vinyl thickness should be 8-mm or 9-mm, with it going as high as 10 or 12 for an authentic hardwood feeling. The top clear melamine wear layer protects the floor from scratches and scuffs. It is measured in mils, and that number should be at least 20.

We'll help you sort it out and give you a quality flooring installation that will become the jewel in the crown of your house. Come into the Floor Depot showroom in San Jose, CA, to explore our large inventory and hear about our expert installers. We work with homes and businesses in the San Francisco Bay area, especially San Jose, CA, Santa Clara, CA, Los Gatos, CA, Los Altos, CA, and Fremont, CA. Be sure to ask about your next flooring installation estimate.