What Is The True Measure Of Sacrifice

In times like these you don’t have to look far to see economic disaster around us from loss of jobs to closing of business’ to home foreclosures. And it isn’t hard to imagine we’ve been in these terrible times for over four years. How are we making it? Some of us are keeping positive attitudes with very supportive family and …

Does Your Floor Contractor Top It Off?

When I was younger and working with my uncles learning this magnificent hardwood flooring trade, one particular uncle “Sunnyboy” would say to me, did you top it off? That’s was his favorite saying. What he meant was, there’s always a time on every floor project that you’ll find thirty minutes to an hour of idle time while some other part …

Are You Receiving Expert Information?

I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase all that glitters isn’t gold. Well all flooring websites and flooring information centers aren’t flooring contractors. Many use websites and webpage’s strictly to monetize and gain value based on ads placed on the site. You the consumer indirectly and directly make this possible simply by not knowing the difference and getting much unreliable information …

For DIY’s… Think Safety First!

It doesn’t seem like it, but Garlason’s Fine hardwood Flooring will have 30 years in servicing Santa Clara County on April 7th 2011. I’m sure I’ve answered the phone a million times if I answered it once for our free estimates, wood specie questions, and I want to refinish the floors myself questions. The latter question always starts with I’m …

Sanding Engineered Floors

Engineered flooring is composed of two or more core layers of substrate (usually plywood) with the sheets alternating direction between layers to resist expansion and contraction. The flooring face is the solid exposed layer and is virtually available in just about any wood species. However, this top layers thickness is where refinishing can have several things to consider and require …

Have Your Floors And Enjoy Them Too!

I love strawberries and shortcake and totally forget about sugar, calories and all that jazz when I’m eating my favorite dessert. It’s not like I eat dessert every day, and I do workout (sometimes) and I’m getting better about my gym routine. But hey, I play tennis two to three times a week, so that has to count for something …

Exotic Wood Floors, Are They Right For You?

You hear the word exotic used often in our business dealing with wood species. But many times we take for granted you know where these woods come from. The truth is we know very little about many of the new species that has been taking the market place by storm in recent years. But you should know that all parts …

The Benefits From Having A Home Office

How this may very well benefit You, the customer. As a third generation flooring contractor I’ve always seen my uncle’s work from a home office. However, I remember saying to myself many times as well as discuss it with my friends that  when I became a contractor I was going to have a Hugh office, a secretary (personal assistant) to …

The Customer Is Always Right

I have tremendous respect for our clients, but there was a time I took them for granted. Growing companies sometimes do this, not because we lose sight of respect for the client, but mainly because so many other pressing requirements grab our focus as business becomes more challenging. We should always remember the most important thing, our customers. “The customer …

Call Your Flooring Contractor For Advice

I wonder how many times I have refused to look at a map continuing to say I know where I’m going, only to get further lost thus delaying my arrival to the destination. Well, thanks to new technology like Google or Garmond type devices I won’t be kicking myself for bad judgment errors anymore. I may have been a bit …