California Carpets & Design Center is a retailer/wholesaler and full service installer of wide board (width) and long board (length), wire brushed, hand scraped to smooth, eco-friendly and reclaimed wood flooring in the Rocklin, Roseville, Lincoln and surrounding areas. Stop by and meet our friendly team that has over 60 years of combined experience selecting and installing the most innovative/ stylish, and unsurpassed quality of hardwood flooring. We consistently deliver affordable flooring solutions for both residential and commercial projects. We offer hardwood collections that are unique, handcrafted and of long-lasting value in a variety of vibrant colors, rich finishes, wood species, surface treatments and edge detailing.
We work with local custom builders, contractors, architects, designers and home owners, in Placer Country and Northern California. Our clients need for cutting-edge hardwood floors and finishes drives our passion to create truly unique and timeless projects. We strive to complete installations on time and under budget. Every detail matters to us and both small and large projects are a success due to the attention paid to details.
Our hardwood floor collections are selected from the finest domestic and exotic wood species and manufacturers. We offer a range of hardwood flooring designs from hand-sculpted/ hand-scraped, hand distressed, and rustic surfaces to more smooth furniture finish; to hardwood floors rich in character, complete with the dents, dings, cracks, saw marks that are found in reclaimed and recycled wood planks.
Know about species, grain and cut
Hardwood styles are the result of the wood species available. Some of the more common species are domestic red/white oak, European oak, maple, walnut, cherry, ash, hickory or pecan. Each species has its own unique personality or character dictated by its graining and textures. The graining on the boards is determined by the way it has been cut. There are two common cutting processes. “Sliced Cut” shows more uniform patterns, whereas “Rotary Peeled/ Cut” displays a larger and bolder graining pattern.
Colors & Finish (Sheen)
Within each species of hardwood you will have a choice of color and finishes. Here’s where it pays to shop carefully. When selecting a color, choose one that either coordinates or contrasts with your cabinetry and furniture. Also keep in mind that darker woods tend to be more formal while natural, lighter colors tend to be more casual to rustic.
You should note there are different types of finishes depending on whether your hardwood floor is pre-finished or finished on the job site. Wire brushed hardwood can offer old world, weathered appearances and elegant authenticity. Craftsmen use wire bristles to open and enhance the grain, adding both texture & character. Manufacturers then sand each board to varied levels of smoothness. Sheen is also a very important characteristic of hardwood flooring. In general, lower gloss levels are better suited for active rooms (ie. Satin/Matte finish). This is because lower gloss, matte finishes help minimize the appearance of dirt and scratches. Consider the elegant look of the high gloss finish for more formal décor.
The days of having to wax and scrub your hardwood floors are pretty much gone forever. Manufacturers of pre-finished wood floors have developed sophisticated techniques to quickly apply hard, durable, urethane-based finishes right at the factory. By using ultra violet lights the pre-finished wood planks can have several coats of urethane or oil applied within a matter of a few minutes. This is helping make hardwood floors both more affordable, and much easier to maintain.
Recently, the prefinished flooring manufacturers have begun to add small chips of Aluminum Oxide directly to the floor's finish which dramatically increases the life of the urethane finish.
Protection lies in numerous coats
Most factory finished hardwood floors have several coats of finish applied to the wood's surface. As example, many wood floor companies are applying 6-10 coats of a ultra-violet (UV) cured urethane. This would be extremely difficult for someone to duplicate on a job site finish, not to mention how many days it would take.This is one of the reasons why many flooring mechanics, flooring retailers, and builders are pushing pre-finished hardwood floors. Instead of taking several days to install and finish a new hardwood floor, a pre-finished hardwood floor is generally done in one or two days. The UV cured urethane wood finishes do make these floors easier to maintain than the old waxed hardwood floors. We carry a variety of cleaning products suited to best maintain your specific type of hardwood.
Factory Pre-finished hardwood comes in many forms:
- UV-cured – Factory finishes that are cured with Ultra Violet lights versus heat.
- Polyurethane – A clear, tough and durable finish that is applied as a wear layer.
- Ceramic Oxide – Advanced technology that allows the use of space-age ceramics to increase the abrasion resistance of the wear layer.
- Aluminum Oxide – Added to the urethane finish for increased abrasion resistance of the wear layer, which is becoming extremely popular on the better grade wood floors.
- Acrylic Impregnated – Acrylic monomers are injected into the cell structure of the wood to give increased hardness and then finished with a wear layer over the wood.
If you want a custom stained hardwood floor, or a hardwood floor to match existing solid or engineered hardwood floor, than a onsite finish maybe your answer. Onsite finish means you start with a bare (unfinished) hardwood floor and then the floor is sanded, stained, and finished in the home (job site).
The other advantage of a job site finish is, if you are concerned with uneven heights between planks, the sanding process will smooth out the floor. Be warned, though, this can be quite a mess and the process does take several days.
Job-site hardwood floor finishing methods include:
- Water Based Urethane – Water is used as part of the chemical make-up of the polyurethane finish.
- Solvent Based Urethane – Oil is used as part of the chemical make-up of the polyurethane finish.
Board widths & Pattern/ Layout
When shopping for a hardwood floor you will see boards in various sizes. The narrower board widths are referred to as “strips” and the wider units as “planks.” Alternating board widths are growing in popularity, but have been in fashion for years. You should be aware that board width and layout can visually impact a room. Diagonal, ‘Chevron’ and ‘Herringbone’ installation pattern make bold statements about your taste and lifestyle!
Narrow width boards can expand a room, while wider boards work well in a larger room or area. 7-10” widths are now readily available.
Our Legacy - Eco Conscience
We are committed to leaving future generations a better understanding of our world and environment. It is now widely understood that we are all affected by surfaces and products in our homes.
Specifically, we have collections locally sourced right here in Northern California like ‘REWOOD® that utilizes sustainable materials - reclaimed, old growth or recycled wood resources that naturally keep us at the forefront of our industry. Rewood is 100% reclaimed Californian lumber, primarily exterior building products up-cycled into beautiful interior floors and custom doors.
As much of our economy and our industries (construction) products being imported from other countries, it is important to know that we offer hardwood floor (and laminate) collections that are FSC Certified, CARB and/or LACEY Act compliant. We recommend choosing a professional team to install your floor or surface treatment that is produced by reputable manufactures, like the ones we show and support here at our Rocklin store.