FLooring — Da Vinci, Inc

FLooring - Da Vinci, Inc

Da Vinci, Inc. The Easy Choice for Hardwood Floors.

We are the easy choice for hardwood floors because we specialize in hardwood floors. After servicing the orange county for many years, examples of our dedication to quality can be seen throughout orange county. in office buildings, restaurants, and homes. We specialize in providing the best in material, installation and service at the lowest prices.

Hardwood floors provide warmth and beauty to your home. There are many other benefits of hardwood floors as well, such as the value they add to your home, easy care and cleaning, great style coupled with durability and as always, they’re natural and safe for the environment. Give your room a makeover with our verity of Hardwood, Engineered wood and laminate floors..

Engineered Wood Floors

Strong and very durable. Best for most homes with cement foundations. Our recommendation.

100 times structurally more stable than a solid wood floor.

Directly g lued down on concrete slabs or wood sub-floors.

Can be glued, nailed, stapled or floated over a pad.

Engineered wood floors — How are they made?

The best engineered wood floors are built having multiple ply layers that are cross layered, glued and pressed together. The inner cores are generally either a hardwood and/or soft plywood type of material, which incorporates the tongue and groove system. The top thicker hardwood veneer wear layer is glued on top surface of the core and is available in almost any hardwood species.

Engineered wood floors are more resistant to higher moisture levels than solid wood flooring, which adds to their appeal to use in damp basements or in regions of the country that have higher relative humidity levels. Engineered flooring can be direct glued-down over (dry) concrete slabs above or below grade, or stapled down over a wood sub floor. On some styles of engineered wood flooring manufacturers have also come up with a unique newer installation method where the tongue and groove edges of the boards are simply Click Locked together for a very easy and fast floating installation. Engineered flooring can be installed on any grade level.

Quality Engineered Hardwood flooring has the same resale value as 3/4 solid wood flooring if you ever decide to sell your home.

Engineered Hardwood floors range in widths from 3-7 inches wide and come in a wide variety of domestic and exotic hardwood species and some are even available in the popular style. Some brands of engineered flooring have a thin wear layer that can only be re-coated and cannot be sanded and refinished new again once they get worn. They have an average lifespan of between 30 — 40 years depending on traffic. Other brands or styles can have a thicker 2 — 4 mil thick wear layer that can be completely sanded and refinished 2- 5 times if they ever needed to be. These thicker wear layer engineered floors can last from 40 — 100 years before having to be replaced which add to their appeal.

Engineered wood floors are manufactured two ways. one, where the top surface wear layer is Sliced/Sawn cut from the log like solid wood flooring is. Engineered hardwood flooring that has a Sliced/Sawn cut wear layer shows the truer natural look of the wood and finer graining. Sliced/Sawn cut engineered flooring also allows a thicker wear layer.

Engineered wood floors can also be Rotary cut, which the veneer hardwood wear layer is peeled off the log using big lathes. This peeling method can show dramatic wilder graining.

Some people think that engineered flooring is not as good as a solid 3/4 inch thick floor because of the thinner wear layer, which is not always true.  Remember that the sandable or renewable wear layer on a 3/4 inch solid wood floor is approx 5/16 before you start exposing the nails that were used to install it and you can sand and refinish 3/4 inch thick flooring approx 6-7 times. The average lifespan of 3/4 inch thick solid wood flooring is approx 100 years.

An engineered wood floor having a wear layer of 4 mil or 5/32 usually can be sanded and refinished 4-5 times. The average lifespan of an engineered floor having a thick renewable wear layer is approx 60-80 years.

Your concern should be what your demands are going to be for that flooring and match those demands to the flooring as best you can. If the area that the new flooring is going to be installed is it going to receive a lot of rough traffic with little or no care or maintenance then you will want a engineered floor that has a thick wear layer that can be sanded and refinished new again later if it ever needed to be. If the area is not going to be heavily trafficked and will be maintained properly then you may not need as thick a wear layer. Quality Engineered floors are very durable and are commonly used in shopping malls which receive a lot of foot traffic.

Engineered wood flooring is Green Purchasing engineered wood flooring helps conserve expensive prized wood. For every 1 sq foot of 3/4 inch thick solid wood flooring manufactured you can manufacturer approx 4 times that amount into engineered wood flooring. Engineered wood flooring is the best flooring to provide people with to conserve our forests. 

Laminate Floors

Da Vinci Kitchen, Bath & Flooring stores only retails the best quality Laminate Flooring.

Many people get confused and call this type of flooring Laminate Wood Flooring, but the visual face of the floorboards are not real wood,  it’s actually a high quality photograph of a wood or tile image bonded to melamine center core. Several layers of a highly protective finish are then applied over it making it a very durable type of floor covering designed to be installed in higher trafficked areas of your home. Laminate floors are also very easy and fast to install, simply measure, cut and click together installed on the sound and moisture barrier padding.

Laminate flooring used to look like a cheap, plastic imitation of real hardwood flooring. Times have changed though; and with the technological advances of laminate flooring in the past decade, laminate flooring is now looking better (and more realistic) than ever. Now, you can have a beautiful, durable and affordable new floor in just a snap!

Laminate flooring made its debut in the 90’s. At the time, tongue and grooves had to be glued together during a floating installation and the surface looked more like plastic than anything. Since then, radical changes have been made in the manufacturing process and laminate flooring went from being a cheap throw away option for homeowners to a long lasting, beautiful investment for your home. Now, glueless click lock technologies are standard on laminate flooring and digitally enhanced images make it hard for even flooring professionals to tell the difference between laminate and real wood.

The construction of a laminate floor has 4 basic components:

1.  The bottom backing layer (balancing layer) creates a stable and level support for the rest of the plank.

2.  On top of the backing layer is a particle board or high density fiberboard core. The core generally contains melamine particles in it for additional moisture protection.

3.  Next is the image of the actual wood grain, ceramic tile or stone pattern. Manufacturers are constantly developing new technologies to make sure their laminate floors look exactly like their real hardwood flooring counterparts.

4.  The top layer of a laminate floor offers protection against wear, staining, and fading that you can’t find in a real hardwood flooring product. Many laminate flooring manufacturers include aluminum oxide particles and melamine resin in the top layer of their laminate floor for extra durability and moisture protection.

The laminate floor is created when the 4 layers are pressed together using an incredible amount of pressure (from 300 to over 1300 pounds per square inch, PSI ) and heat (up to 400 degrees). The sheets are then cut into individual planks and have the click lock tongue and groove edges cut into them. Afterwards, the planks go through rigorous quality inspections before being packaged and stocked.

Direct Pressure Laminate vs. High Pressure Laminate

There are 2 different types of laminate flooring that result from the pressure construction during the manufacturing process: High Pressure Laminate Flooring and Direct Pressure Laminate Flooring .

Most manufacturers use a Direct Pressure Laminate (DPL) to create their laminate flooring: Direct Pressure Laminates are generally manufactured with 300 to 550 PSI. Direct Pressure Laminates have more flexible melamine impregnated decorative sheets, allowing manufacturers more flexibility when it comes to creating realistic looking patterns for the laminate floors.

High Pressure Laminate (HPL) floors are made using more than 1300 PSI which results in a thicker decorative layer. High Pressure Laminate construction offers superior impact resistance, superior heat resistance and better sound reduction. Extra layers of kraft paper are added in between layers of High Pressure Laminate floors for extra stability and sound deadening properties. High Pressure Laminate floors are recommended in heavier commercial use because of their maximum durability and stronger construction. Many homeowners also love the peace of mind that comes with an exceptionally wear resistant laminate floor.

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