John's Custom Floors in the News
Don and Donna Hirschbein write:
Our new hardwood floors are beautiful. What a dramatic addition to our home!
There's no telling where the old floor ends and the new ones begin. You've done a spectacular job. We have recommended your services to several of our
friends. Not only is your craftsmanship impeccable, so also is your consideration for the client. Each day you left our home as neat as could
be. We appreciate all that you do so well! Thank you.
Don and Donna Hirschbein
San Francisco Bay Area
Edward Powell writes:
Edward Powell, Inc. is a general contracting firm specializing in the remodel
of high end homes on the Peninsula. We have been in the business since
1974, and over those years have assembled a team of subcontractors whose skills
we utilize exclusively.
We are proud to say that John's Custom Floors, Inc. is part of that
team. John Paulazzo's expert advice is important to us and ranges from
consultation on repair of existing floors to installation of new floors. Job
scheduling is also critical to us, and in this respect John is also adept.
He and his crew always arrive and complete their work as scheduled
We are happy to recommend John's Custom Floors, Inc. for any hardwood
John Powell, Vice President
Edward Powell, Inc.
San Francisco Bay Area
Jeff DeBalko writes:
We first had the pleasure of working with John in 1987 when we hired Sig's
Custom Floors to refinish the hardwood floors in our Redwood City home. We were
extremely impressed with the quality of work and the exceptional customer
service from this family run business. When we went through a major home remodel
last year, we were pleased to learn that John had taken over his father's
business and was available to install our new hardwood floors. The quality of
the installation work was equal to that of the refinishing work done earlier.
John was especially helpful and accommodating to us in dealing with the many
changes and difficulties in scheduling between multiple contractors. Just
recently, we asked John to come back to take care of a "small"
refinishing job in our hallway. What we thought was small job turned into a
large one as most of the existing wood under the carpet was damaged and needed
to be replaced. Despite the unforeseen additional work, John made the extra
effort to insure that the job was completed on our tight schedule. We could not
be more pleased with the quality of work and service that John has provided over
the past 12 years.
Jeff DeBalko, President
IDG Global Communications
San Francisco Peninsula
John's Custom Flooring in the News
As Featured in Straight lines: The Newsletter of Golden State Flooring
John's Custom Floors, Inc. of
Redwood City is known for its dependability, honesty, and quality work. Custom
residential flooring installations are the main focus of their business. But
recently they have poised themselves to compete in the commercial arena. Their
sterling reputation for customer satisfaction and quality workmanship is second
to none in the industry."
As Featured in Hardwood Floors:
The Magazine of the National Wood Flooring Association, Floors of the Year Issue
As Featured in The San Mateo Times, Home and Garden:
Why People Are Taking A Shine To Wood Floors. - By Dan Seaver, Times Staff
When Patty and Shel Zatkin moved into their new Redwood City home, they decided
that they wanted sturdy floors that wouldn't show dirt. So they put linoleum in
the kitchen and carpet in the living, dining, and bedrooms Now, after years of
scrubbing wine stains off the dining room carpet and watching grime collect in
the ridges and grooves of the linoleum kitchen floor, something new is afoot in
the Zatkin household. The Zatkins decided to start over, installing wood floors
in the kitchen. "The linoleum would get scratched and just show everything,
all the dirt," said Shel Zatkin.
The Zatkins are so happy with the new
floors that they are thinking about installing wood floors throughout their
house, one room at a time. "This is a much harder surface, more
resistant," Zatkin said. "And where linoleum showed all the dirt, wood
shows a whole lot less. The reason for the chance isn't just cleanliness,
though. Zatkin said the original decision to install wood floors was made easy because
of how good they looked. "We have oak cabinets and oak shelves and thought
it would look good. And you know what, it looks great," he said. Wood
Floors are not what they used to be. The once-popular, wax-coated wood and wood
veneer surfaces lack the durability and ease of care that new technology allows.
Because veneered floors can't be refinished, damaged wood usually has to be
replaced. Now, though, urethane finishes protect against most stains. Unlike
thin veneers, wood flooring finished with urethane is usually 3/4 inch thick.
Therefore, it can be resurfaced, re-sanded, and even refinished for a completely
new look. When it comes to cleaning, a water and vinegar mix or a commercial
solution designed for such flooring does the trick. "Spilled coffee, red
wine stains, mud - the stuff of nightmares for carpets - require no more than a
damp sponge," said John Paulazzo, president of John's Custom Floors Inc.,
of Redwood City. "It really becomes easy to care for," Paulazzo said.
"If it gets scuffed over time, you can refinish it, and it looks brand
new." Wood floors come in a full range of colors. Woods such as beech,
cherry, mahogany, and eucalyptus with natural stains have become more common,
Paulazzo said. Still, he said, oak is still the most popular choice. Once the
type of wood is selected, installing a wood floor can take about two weeks,
Once the wood is laid on the subsurface, it is let to sit for a week to allow
the wood strips to acclimate and adjust to one another before being sanded and
stained. Then a urethane finish is applied to protect the wood. The urethane
protects the raw wood and gives it a gloss. The more urethane, the greater the
gloss. Paulazzo recommends two coats of well-applied urethane. He also suggests
applying a new coat of urethane every five to seven years. "Some people are
harder on their floors and might need to consider giving them a little help
after less time," he added. "The more you finish, the more that will
show up," he said. "If you put a lot on, it will look like a piano
top, and then everything shows up." Paulazzo said wood floors work in
almost every room of the house, but precautions are needed when wood floors are
put into the bathrooms. Wood can expand and possibly buckle when soaked with
water for an extended period of time. For the Zatkins, though, the wood floors
have only made life easier and the house more attractive. "They look so
good that we'll put hardwood in the other rooms, too," Zatkin said.