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San Diego
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 - Floating Wood Floors

Installing a wood floor over an existing floor or concrete slab.

Reasons as to why one would float a hardwood or laminate floor.

Floating floors can be installed over most existing vinyl, linoleum, hardwoods and subfloors of questionable quality. On occasion we get calls to float a laminate or hardwood floor over ceramic tile. However a ceramic tile floor must be solidly cemented to the subfloor without any loose or broken tiles.

Floating floors are ideal for those that have multiple floor coverings that may be too troublesome to remove or too costly to renovate. Additionally, a floating hardwood floor has less chance of warping or cupping as most floating hardwoods are engineered products that lessen the problems inherent to solid wood floors.

Additionally, sealing the subfloor to block moisture penetration is highly recommended and in the case of floating floors is particularly necessary in the installation. This is accomplished by chemically sealing the slab and/or placing an underlayment (foam membrane with a vapor barrier) to act as a moisture barrier to prevent the boards from absorbing moisture from the subfloor. This membrane (underlayment) functions as an acoustic barrier and softens and quiets your walk. Without the moisture barrier, the floor will first swell until it is pressed hard up against the sidewalls. Once it has nowhere to expand further, the individual board joints (lengthwise) will pop up in one or several locations or raise the floor considerably as a tent in extreme situations.

This brings an important issue when installing a floating floor. Room must be left around the perimeter (1/4 to 5/8), depending on the size of the space. This space will allow for the movement as a floating floor will expand and contract and will shift to one side of the room to the other. This movement is hardly noticeable and happens over a prolonged period of time. To cover the gaps along the sides of the floor, trimming, as in wall base or cove base, is fastened along the walls, but not attached to the floor, so as not to restrict the movement (thus floating).

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Floor Tile, Wall Tile, Porcelain Tile, Ceramic Tile, Tile Information
Residential Carpeting, Commercial Carpeting, Carpet Information
Wood Floors, Hardwood Flooring, Solid Hardwood Floors, Engineered Hardwood Floors, Hardwood Flooring Information
Laminate Wood Floors, Laminate Tile Flooring, Underlayments, Floor Padding, Laminate Flooring Information
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,
  • Armstrong
  • Congoleum
  • Flexo
  • Johnsonite
  • Konecto
  • Mannington
  • Marmorette
  • Stain Master

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