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Floor Store
Installing Carpet, Tile, Hardwood, Laminate & Natural Stone

Balboa Flooring has the largest selection of hardwood, laminate, tile and stone flooring in Southern California. Our San Diego floor store installs ceramic & porcelain tile, natural stone, solid & engineered hardwood floors (unfinished & prefinished plank), laminate wood & tile, medallion insets, granite counter tops, backsplashes, bath, shower enclosures and designer carpet.

Our floor company can provide moisture test in troublesome concrete foundations. We are trained to seal concrete foundations to prevent moisture seepage as well as rebuild wood substrates.


Floor Install Tips
Tile Underlayment - Underlayment to quiet floors in condominium high rises

Condominium and apartment high rise living.

Housing Associations have Flooring Requirements in Communal Housing Projects.

Frequently, we are asked to install floors in high rises and apartment complexes involving tile and other hard surfaces. Usually the owners are well aware of their housing association's requirements for installing hard surface flooring. These requirements must be followed to prevent any disagreements that may arise when not abiding to the associations' guidelines. These requirements are in place as a courtesy to neighbors so as not to disturb the peace. If the requirements were not met, the association will always advise the owner / tenent to replace the offending floor underlayment, which will usually double the cost of having to reinstall the floor, if not replace the floor all together, which is a real nightmare as condominium installations tend to be costlier than single home residential units.

Some examples of underlayments required for tiling such a high rise unit are slip sheets and cork materials, which can be either "rated" or "unrated" and thicknesses ranging from 1/4" to 3/4". Condominiums and other high rises are usually constructed with light-weight concrete slabs, some are not reinforced with mesh materials to prevent cracking. Slip sheets are usually required to allow movement under the pour (mortar for tile). Concrete slabs, will expand and contract, as impossible as that sounds, the tile will crack along with cracks in the foundation, if not pop off all-together. Other materials are density-foam underlayments and jute-type fiber underlayment materials, that have been miraculously approved by home owner associations. However, we have never tiled directly to a cloth or foam type underlayment as that would be an unstable surface for cementing tile.

In closing, it would be a very good idea to contact the housing association governing your dwelling.




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Natural Stone Flooring and Countertops
  • Bath Accessories
  • Black Granite
  • Borders
  • Bullnose
  • Chair Rail
  • Field Tile
  • Fire Place Stone Work
  • Granite
  • Stone Listellos
  • Marble
  • Medallions
  • Mosaics
  • Onyx
  • Patio Tile
  • San Diego Stone Flooring Contractors
  • Showers
  • Slate
  • Stone Kitchen Tiles
  • Stone Shower Soap Dishes
  • Travertine
  • Wall Tile
  • Water Falls
Vinyl & Linoleum,
Residential/Commercial
  • Armstrong
  • Congoleum
  • Flexo
  • Johnsonite
  • Konecto
  • Mannington
  • Marmorette
  • Stain Master


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