California Classics Del Mar
California Classics Flooring.
True Hand-Scraping by Artisans.
Lots of hardwood flooring brands these days deceptively claim their products are “hand-scraped” when they’re actually scraped by lightly-trained workers using machines. A discerning consumer can easily tell the difference.
You’ve probably seen this “fake” look on mediocre reproduction furniture: the monotonous patterns and machine-made appearance of the scraping and grooves. It’s worse on a hardwood floor, where the broad expanse makes the repetition even more obvious, and over time, tiresome to the eye. What might be acceptable to you when you look at a few boards in a store might not be when It’s spread across your living room.
California Classics flooring artisans have been personally trained by a nationally-renowned hardwood flooring master to “read” each piece of wood, determining its one-of-a-kind personality, and then to choose the right tools and techniques to fully bring out this character. California Classics flooring craftsmen are highly skilled at adding natural-looking chatter marks, antique wear and tear, distressing, scraping, worm holes and more, in different areas of each board, without repetition of patterns, depths, etc.
There are no machines, no assembly lines, no large quantities being pushed through quickly to save time and money. Each flooring plank is individually inspected for its unique patterns, grain and colorations, and hand-carved and scraped to complement its beautiful marks of individuality. No two floor boards are the same!
California Classics Floor Finish.
Our Job is Not Done ’til it’s Finished.
The finish of fine wood flooring is critically important to both its appearance and maintainability. It should protect the wood floor while preserving the fine details of its character: its grain, patterns and subtle colorations, which you will grow to love over time. A mediocre floor finish will cloud these subtle yet beautiful details.
California Classics partnered with Valspar, a world leader in the aluminum oxide based floor finish business, to develop our unique dual-stain, aluminum oxide based wood floor finishes. Finishes protect the hardwood floor without compromising its beauty-or the environment.
• Intense, crystal clarity that won’t go yellow over time, as some finishes will
• excellent hardness for superb protection
• Environmentally friendly: HAPs-free and zero VOCs making it one of the greenest finishes on the market
Please compare a California Classics floor finish to that of our competitors. Our super-clear coat enhances the look of the grain, and shows off every nuance of color, pattern and texture. In contrast, other brands’ flooring often has a milky layer resulting from inexpensive hardeners, clouding their finishes and diminishing the appearance of the grain.
Engineered flooring is composed of seven cross-stacked layers which make it more resistant to humidity and moisture, unlike a strip of solid wood, which can bend or bow, as can happen with longer solid planks.
Engineered hardwood is more flexible in application as well, allowing it to be installed on any grade level. This means it can be floated, glued down directly on a concrete slab, even nailed or stapled to a wood sub-floor in any room of any home.
California Classics Hardwood Floors.
Hand-Distressed by Artisans.
The term “distressed hardwood floors” refers to the process of deliberately distressing hardwood floor planks to achieve an antique look. Our trained artisans “read” each piece of wood to determine its individual personality, and then choose the right tools and techniques to fully bring out this character. Using more than 30 specialty wood making tools, California Classics flooring craftsmen are highly skilled at adding natural-looking character to our hardwoods. This includes chatter marks, antique wear and tear to the edges and ends and worm holes to create the prefect antique-looking distressed hardwood flooring. No machines, no assembly lines! The difference is obvious!
California Classics Hardwood Flooring Costs & Pricing
Hand Crafted to be Beautiful and Affordable
California Classics manages its hardwood flooring costs and pricing to make its fine hand scraped hardwood flooring surprisingly affordable for discount-minded but discerning home owners, remodelers and builders. We do this by carefully monitoring our manufacturing processes to control costs and help keep our hardwood flooring prices low. This makes our products competitive even with discount hardwood flooring providers like liquidators of low-quality products and big-box home improvement retailers.
• Sweep or vacuum regularly to rid your floor of dust and eliminate abrasives that can scratch the floor finish.
• Quickly wipe spills from floor to protect wood from excess liquid.
• Regularly swept or vacuumed floors will almost eliminate any need to “clean” the floor with a cleaning product. But when a cleaning product is needed, we suggest only using a “hardwood specific, non-oil based cleaner.” Cleaning products should be sprayed on to the sponge mop or hand towel, never on to the floor itself.
• Use mats outside and inside entrances to prevent sand and abrasives build-up on your hardwood floor. Avoid rubber or other dense mat backings that prevent airflow beneath rugs and retain abrasives and humidity.
• Use mats near sink, dishwasher and workstations to protect floor from cooking utensils, water spills, detergents, oils and other kitchen mishaps.
• Stick felt pads under any furniture or chair legs to ease movement and prevent scratches on the wood floor. Keep pads clean at all times and regularly check for signs of wear.
• Opt for large, soft polyurethane or rubber casters rather than narrow, rigid plastic ones.
• Protect your hardwood floor when moving heavy objects. Place on a reversed mat and slide smoothly over floor.
• Be careful with pointed objects such as spiked-heeled and sport shoes that may damage the finish of your wood floor, especially if they are worn or damaged.
• Maintain relative humidity level around 45% for your good health, your wood floor and furnishings. Wood is a natural material that reacts to relative humidity variations when moisture is absorbed or released.
• The floor needs to be protected from sunlight and intense artificial lighting to reduce discoloration of exposed wood. This phenomenon with wood surfaces is normal and natural, and varies according to species.
• Occasionally move furniture and carpets around and reduce intense light sources to minimize color contrasts.
Things to avoid:
• Never pour cleaner or any other liquid directly onto floor surface.
• Do not use a wet mop that leaves excess water on your hardwood floor.
• Do not use wax, oil-based detergents or other household cleaning agents on your floors, since these products may dull or damage the floor finish, leave a greasy film that makes floors slippery, and make maintenance of your hardwood floor more difficult.
• Do not use a steam cleaner/sweeper on your hardwood flooring.
What is Engineered Hardwood?
Both solid hardwood planks and engineered planks are made from 100% real wood. And both types are capable of delivering a beautiful and durable floor. It is important, however, to learn about the differences between the two, like construction, stability, installation and, of course, cost. Once you get a good grasp of all these factors, your ultimate choice will be easier—and more accurate.
Construction: Just like the name suggests, solid Arizona Hardwood planks are created from a single, thick piece of solid wood. Engineered hardwood is also made of genuine wood but has a core of hardwood or plywood with a layer of hardwood veneer applied to the top surface. With engineered hardwood, HDF core construction creates much stronger bonds between wood layers than those found in ordinary engineered hardwood and is heavier for superior stability.
Stability: The good thing about the solid vs. engineered analysis is that both forms will provide durability and toughness in active homes. Solid wood flooring is inherently durable but must be permanently nailed or glued to the subfloor. Because of expansion and contraction issues, solid hardwood floors are more prone to shrinking or expanding based on humidity levels which can change drastically here in the Arizona Deserts. Engineered floors can have greater dimensional stability in extreme temperatures, which provides slightly more resistance to buckling or rippling. How much durability your engineered wood will provide goes back to the core construction that you choose.
Installing Hardwood: Where are your new floors going inside the home? Solid hardwood will expand and contract with changes in temperature and moisture, so they are only recommended at or above ground level. Also, the installation method for solid hardwood takes some consideration. Solid hardwood flooring can be glued, nailed or stapled to a wood subfloor but must have the right amount of space for hardwood’s natural expansion and contraction. If the individual boards are too tight, the floor will buckle, and if they are too loose, then the gaps between the boards will get too wide during colder temperatures.
Gluing hardwood down in Phoenix can be a challenge since solid hardwood isn’t as “true” and uniform as engineered floor would likely be due of the nature of wood. So All Pro Floors recommends using a plywood subfloor and stapling hardwood when possible. Of course this adds cost and height so these are important design and budget factors to consider when choosing between engineered and solid floors
Installing Engineered: Engineered wood has enhanced installation options due to its unique construction that makes it less likely to buckle, gap or react to heat or temperature change. Floating, glue, staple, nail, you name it, the choice of installation is yours. Engineered wood can even be installed below and over radiant heat. This makes engineered wood a great fit for installing above, on or below ground level in your home.
Cost: Your budget will help determine a lot about the best hardwood for you. Generally speaking, engineered hardwood is less expensive than solid hardwood, but ultimately the quality and species of wood will be the biggest price determinants. Exotic solid hardwood species are certainly pricier than engineered hardwood.
Engineered Hardwood Styles
Just like real hardwood floors, California Classics Del Mar engineered wood floors offer a broad selection of looks that can match any home. Discover how different species, textures, and finishes can give you a personalized, unique style.
Species and Colors
Whether you want the versatility of oak, the depth of birch, or the brightness of hickory, there’s a type of wood suited to you. You can also choose eco-friendly and renewable species like bamboo or cork.
Engineered wood showcases the beauty of natural grains and color variations. High color variation is making a big splash in the Scottsdale interior design world, and there’s no better way to attain that sought-after look than to achieve it naturally.
The authentic look of rustic textures is really popular right now, and engineered hardwood delivers on that front. Take your pick of hand-scraped, wire-brushed, or distressed planks to enhance your space.
And don’t worry about those intentional scratches getting messed up by the trials of everyday life. With a thick enough wear layer, your designer textures will remain intact and looking brand new.
Most engineered wood comes pre-finished, which is great, because it saves you a step. However, you want to ensure you love the finish before purchasing any flooring.
Many designs are currently opting for a more subdued or matte finish, but you can still choose your desired finish.
Big things are happening with plank size. Literally! Planks are getting bigger and wider as homeowners lean toward cleaner lines and styles that will open up small spaces.
In addition to wide plank options, you can also choose mixed width planks. This style breaks up the sameness of your floor with differently sized planks. It’s like a surprise party for your floor!
Tongue and Groove
The tongue and groove design is the most common installation method for engineered hardwood. Insert the tongue of one plank into the groove of another to attach the planks. Planks can be nailed down, glued down, or even installed as a floating floor.
If you want to float tongue and groove planks, you will need to glue the planks together using T&G glue.
This installation method isn’t as common as the others, but it’s the most popular among DIY’ers. Simply insert the tongue of one plank into the groove of another, and lay the plank flat to snap them together.
Glue down installation is a permanent solution, and it’s well-suited for high-traffic commercial areas where you really want to make sure your flooring is stable. This method is best left to the pros, or you and your floor are likely to be covered in glue that isn’t easily removed. Even all the Paint-thinner in Phoenix won’t help you!
Pros and Cons of California Classics Engineered Hardwood Flooring
- More affordable than solid wood: You get the high-quality visuals of real wood without that big price tag, and nobody will be able to tell the difference. Score!
- Every plank is unique: Since this is a real wood veneer, you’ll never find a repeating pattern or an unconvincing texture.
- Moisture resistance: Depending on the core of your flooring, your engineered wood could be moisture resistant or even 100% waterproof.
- Install it anywhere: High moisture resistance means you can install it in bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, and even basements! No grade level of your home is off-limits.
- DIY-friendly: Some engineered hardwood is designed with click-lock or tongue-and-groove installation, and it floats above your subfloor. No nails or glue here!
What Are the Disadvantages of Engineered Hardwood?
- Not traditional hardwood: This is important to some people. No matter how great it looks, it’s not solid hardwood.
- Difficult to DIY: While some engineered hardwood offers a simple click-lock design, other styles might need to be nailed or glued down. That will take some more time and effort.
- Might not be able to refinish: Depending on what the manufacturer says, it might not be possible to refinish your engineered hardwood. While this cuts back on maintenance, you have less flexibility when it comes to redesigning.
Product complies with the U.S. Lacey Act and the California formaldehyde emissions standards (Cal Code 93120.2(a))
Scientific Certification System: TPC-9