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Looking for recommendations for someone who does quality linoleum installs. Particularily cove. 2009 is the last posting. robert
I just had my bathroom and kitchen floors done in marmoleum. The installer was John Frick of Frick Flooring. He showed up when he said he would. He completed the job in the time he stated he would, actually sooner. He moved a damn heavy stove. My floors look sensational, and John was congenial as he was professional. His abilities are highly recommended, he also does linoleum and laminate. happy camper
Having just completed redoing my kitchen floor, I have a plethora of recommendations. Choose whatever may fit your needs. (I have no alliance or relationship with any of the stores or people I recommend.)
1)First, we decided to do the floor in marmoleum. It is similar to linoleum or vinyl, only green as in ecological not color. See www.forbo.com for more info about marmoleum.
2) For putting down the floor I can't speak highly enough of John Frick. His prices were reasonable, he was professional, friendly and responsible and did a terrific job. He's also licensed. See Frick Flooring & Installation, 510-758-2122.
3) I purchased the materials at Anderson Carpet. Their prices, on marmoleum at least, were well under at least 8 of the other Bay Area flooring places I called. 510-652-1032. They may not be the smoothest people, but they deliver.
We're planning an extensive remodel of a 1911, quasi-craftsman house. I'm having trouble visualizing what to put on the kitchen and master bath and main/family bath floors. We want something that works with the vintage of the house, is not too cold or hard, is easy to keep clean and good looking, and can take heavy wear and tear (we have 3 busy young boys who see every floor as a potential racetrack, or, sometimes, water play area). For the main bath, I'd love to replicate the little white vintage hexagonal tiles, but that seems foolhardy for maintenance reasons. I'm intrigued by marmoleum, at least for the kitchen, but I've only seen new floors that use it. Hw does it look after several years? What do other people do in their old Berkeley homes so the remodel blends in with the old house but is easy and practical to maintain? We've ruled out fir (dents too easily) and I'm relunctant to install hardwood where water will get spilled every day. Isabelle
I also want to post that we had an issue with Floor Dimensions in Albany that I'm still trying to resolve. They installed the flooring with a slight gash in one part. It was a defect in the manufacturing, I think. They came out to try and cover it up and it looked okay. But again, what's happened after a year is that a lot of dirt is showing where that gash was. It's a totally different color from the flooring now. I've called them back to see if I can get some $ off, since I don't think any minor repair will ultimately last. I'm still playing phone tag with them. So I can't report that they're great or terrible, but I am pissed off that they didn't go ahead and do a more extensive repair or offer money off in the 1st place. Good luck in your decision. anon
We just purchased a house with an adorable and original 1940's
kitchen. We'd like to
put in a new floor to complement the yellow and blue counter top tile
but want to stay
away from anything that is too kitchsy. Any recommendations for
stores or brands of
flooring that work with a retro look without going over the top?
Best of luck with your choice (and I'm glad to hear that you're going with the style of your kitchen and not trying to force it into something it's not)!
A fellow '40s-house owner
I would like a recommendation for a person installing linoleum flooring (kitchen and bathroom) Nancy Dawson Floor Coverings in Oakland. *Extremely* detail oriented and professional. Reasonably priced. They did our kitchen 2-3 yrs ago. John
We're thinking of putting a laminate floor in our kitchen. Has anyone ever had one of the new laminate products installed by an independent contractor rather than a flooring store? I tried the route of having the floor store come out and measure. They were unwilling to discuss removing the top layer of vinyl, which we feel is a must, and they frankly seemed uninterested in the job. Any recommendations? Maria
However, if the store had thought these things, then it should have told you rather than keep quiet. Regardless, if the linoleum is old then you might want to get a lab to test it for asbestos if you really want to have it removed. I know that some linoleum from the 50's has asbestos in it, but I don't know about other bygone eras. Fran
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