Our motto is simple – quality floors you can stand on.
This is especially true when it comes to the details of our specialty: HARDWOOD FLOORING.
We are THE most experienced hardwood flooring store in the San Jose Bay Area and you’ll know it once you talk with our staff about your project. Many of our hardwood flooring installers have been with us for over 20 years and their seasoned craftsmanship is reflected in the way your new wood floors will fit the intricate details of your home’s space, seamlessly forming with sharp corners, curves, steps and transitions to other rooms or flooring types.
Our hardwood floors win awards. We’ve won more awards for our floors than any other flooring store in San Jose and surrounding areas. We install and service all of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties.
Here are a couple of our favorite wood flooring projects that we completed for homeowners in the San Jose area. Both of these projects won local remodeling awards, something we love to collect and showcase in our showroom!
We carry over 35 species of wood from over 25 manufacturers.
Come in to view samples and take some home to see how well they harmonize with your décor.
If you’re looking to update your home or business, hardwood floors are one of the smartest upgrades you can make. A nearly endless selection of styles and types of wood meet ultimate function. Hardwood floors are not only beautiful, but can also significantly increase the value of your property.
Hardwood Floors can transform your ordinary space into a timeless natural oasis with style & function that seamlessly fits any room.
In fact, the reasons why you’ll love wood floors in your home or business are endless. There’s a reason they are and have been the most popular floor covering around.
Before / After Refinish in a Los Gatos Home
There are 2 basic types of wood flooring: solid flooring and engineered flooring.
Solid Flooring is one piece of wood from top to bottom. In most cases, solid flooring is nailed down to a subfloor. It is excellent for most areas of a home on the ground level or above. Solid flooring lets you customize your floor with borders, patterns and corner treatments.
Engineered Flooring is a product that consists of layers of wood laminated together. It is ideal for glue-down installation or float-in installation above grade, on grade, or below grade—including basements and humid climates. Because the layers run in different directions, engineered flooring is more dimensionally stable than solid wood.
Wood flooring is available in several styles such as Strip, Plank, Parquet, Chevron, Chantilly, Versailles, Chalosse, Square Basket, Herrinbone, and whatever custom idea you may have. We can create whatever custom flooring you are looking for. You can even combine different styles together to meet the design and personalization you are looking for.
Strip Flooring is linear flooring, usually 2 1/4” wide but also available in 1 1/2” and 2” widths. This style creates a spacious linear effect, giving the illusion of a larger space.
Plank Flooring is a variety of linear flooring, but it is wider. Widths range from 3” to 8”. This style is perfect for traditional or country décor.
Parquet Flooring is a series of wood flooring pieces that create a design. This style provides an alternative to linear flooring.
Chevron flooring has a characteristic “V” shape in its design and layout. It is a very common flooring option throughout the world.
Chantilly flooring has a square shape with overlapping lengths of wood in different sections. If you are looking for a design using a square pattern, this is a great choice for you.
Versailles flooring has a characteristic “X” shape in its design and layout. This type of style has a french look to its design.
Chalosse flooring also has a characteristic “X” shape in its design, but this style has fewer strips of wood that are thicker when compared to the versailles style.
Square basket flooring is a pattern of alternating square wood strips. The pattern looks somewhat like a chess board arrangement.
Herringbone flooring is characteristic of the peaks and valleys pattern that can be seen in some hard wood floors. It’s definitely a visually stunning flooring option.
Don’t see a hardwood style you are looking for on this page? Please contact us or visit our showroom to discuss what you are looking for. We can do any custom flooring style you may have in mind. As flooring artisans, we take pride in being able to bring your concept to life.
We have many different types of wood flooring to choose from, so it’s often best to visit our showroom to see them. It’s open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Domestic Wood is something we are all familiar with. The most common Domestics are Red Oak, White Oak, Maple, Pine, Ash, Beech, Birch, Cherry, Fir and Walnut. Domestic wood is also recycled to produce a unique look such as Antique Heart Pine.
Exotic Wood is imported. Australian Beech and Cypress, Bolivian Rosewood, Brazilian Cherry, Bubinga, Jarrah, Mahogany, Merbau, Tasmanian Oak and Teak are just a few of the Exotics you can look at in our showroom.
Whether you fall in love with a domestic species or an exotic wood, you’ll find that each has its own uniqueness that will give your home or business unique character and elegance.
Hand-scraped or smooth, engineered or solid, visit our showroom to see all the samples and options of domestic and exotic hardwood species available!
Once you’ve selected the type and style of your hardwood flooring, you should consider whether you prefer a finish that is applied at the factory or at the job site. Here’s some information to help you make up your mind.
The finish is applied at the factory, and many options are available. These include oil-based and water-based urethane finishes. Advantages? Pre-finished flooring reduces dust and noise; in addition, furniture can be moved back on to the floor sooner.
Installation of unfinished material with on-site finishing allows customization of design, color and sheen. On-site finish does take longer than prefinish, and while it is noisier and creates some dust, we have equipment to decrease dust, and use plastic sheeting to help isolate our work space.
We apply two common types of finish to your floors. Both are durable and require minimal maintenance. These finishes protect your wood flooring from wear, dirt, and moisture while giving floors an attractive sheen. Here are the characteristics of each finish.
|Water-Based Urethane||Oil-Based Urethane|
|Very Good Durability||Very Good Durability|
|Mild Odor||Moderate Odor|
|Clear in Color||Amber in Color|
|Easy to Recoat||Easy to Recoat|
|Fast Drying||Slow Drying|
The right hardwood floor stain will make your floor shine like never before and protect it for years to come. But which hardwood stain is the best to use? We recommend staining solid hardwood floors instead of engineered woods. Some of the engineered woods have a very thin face and won’t hold the stain very well. And what about the type of stain to use? Is water-based or oil-based stains the best for your hardwood floors?
It can seem overwhelming at first, but thankfully we have the experience of staining almost all types of wood to recommend what’s best for your floor. In most cases, we recommend using oil-based stain, but we also use water-based depending on the type of hardwood flooring you have or want to install and the final desired color.
The right hardwood floor stain color will depend on the type of floor you are going to install. Each type of wood responds differently to staining. Some types of hardwood will result in a darker hue compared to others. Here’s a few hardwood stain colors from Duraseal to choose from:
Here are several ways we can customize your floor:
WPC flooring is 100% completely waterproof and has the look and texture of wood or stone – but with the added benefits of cutting-edge flooring technology and engineering. They can be installed almost anywhere without wear and tear and are 30-40% cheaper than hardwood flooring.
Our staff is our strength. Whether you’re speaking with Joan, Jim, Sherry or Dominic, you’ll have a wonderful guide to educate you on hardwood flooring options and helping you decide which floor covering is right for you.
Stop by our flooring showroom in Campbell to explore our wood flooring samples!
The following information is provided to answer frequently asked questions about wood installation and finishing. Please read this information carefully. If you have any additional questions, please call or e-mail us.
During the installation process, the floor can be walked on, but expect some dust and noise while the floor is being installed. Remember that your floors are “under construction”. Dust protection is the homeowner’s responsibility, though we assist you with general dust protection. Fabrics highly sensitive to fine dust should be covered separately, but we will help you with general dust protection, hanging plastic from major openings to the area we are working in. Areas close to the installation will require dusting and cleaning. After the completion of the floor installation, we use a wood filler to fill in any cracks or gaps in the wood. Following this process, the wood needs to sit at least one week to acclimate to the humidity or moisture levels in your home. However, you can walk on the floors during this time.
We sand your floors down to a uniform level, and dust and noise are created during this part of the finishing process. During this process you can’t walk on the floors until the finish process is completed. If you are considering a “refinish” to your existing hardwood floors, this is where we begin working with you.
After the sanding is completed, the floor is vacuumed and ready to be stained if a stain or color is to be applied. We can provide you with several color samples to choose from, and stain selection will be done on the newly sanded floor while you watch and approve the stain color. Remember, lighting and wall color sometimes affect the stain color.
After the stain is applied or if the floor is to be natural (with no stain or added color), the first coat of finish is applied. Most floors are finished with an oil-based polyurethane finish and a very durable finish. Slaughterbeck Floors applies three coats of finish, and between each coat, we “screen” the floor and inspect it for any cracks and fix them. Humidity and other moisture factors will affect drying time, however usually we do a coat a day. Base and trim are usually installed between the second and third coats of finish. Other types of finishes are water-based and Swedish, also known as conversion-varnish finishes.
After 24 hours, you can walk on your new floor in stocking feet only. After 72 hours, you can walk on the floor in soft-soled shoes. At this time, you can begin to put furniture in place, but do not drag it on the new floor. Curing is usually complete after 30 days, then you can put area rugs down on the floor.
A recoat is a new coat of finish applied to the floor without sanding down to the raw wood. It is a way to restore the floor’s “luster”. Your floor will not accept a “recoat” if there is any oil or wax residue on the floor. This is important to remember if you wish to consider future “recoats”. Each homeowner is responsible for his or her own floor’s acceptance of a “recoat”.