Welcome to Hawkins Floor Co.
Our sanding is 99.9% Dust Free - Traditional floor sanding methods tend to leave a thin film of dust throughout the house. But now thanks to dust free sanding by BonaKemi there is no messy dust to clean up. We are the first company to offer this method in Montgomery county, and one of only three approved companies in the state of Maryland.
Even The Pro's Trust in Hawkins Floor Company
When Armstrong was seeking opinions for new styling they turned to Hawkins for their professional opinion. This is just one example of the expertise available at Hawkins Floor Company.
Research All Your Flooring Options Right From Our Website
The above product links on this page will assist you with general buying tips for each flooring category and links to all our manufacturers. Visit our flooring showroom in Gaithersburg, MD or Call 301-948-5520for Free In-Home Consultation and Estimate.
Let Us Answer Your Questions About “GREEN” Carpet and Flooring Options
The “GREEN” movement has quickly become more than an environmental thing. It has become a fashion of its own. Flooring is no different. We feature a wide variety of carpet products that utilize recycled yarn. If “Green” means natural materials to you, let us show you our wide selection of hardwood flooring or bamboo and cork flooring. Each has its own contribution for making your home a part of the “GREEN” fashion trend.
Experience You Can Trust for Over 45 years
Our staff offers years of real-world flooring experience and knowledge not often found in the large national chain stores. Because we are locally-owned and operated, we want to help you make the right flooring and installation decisions for your home and ensure your satisfaction for years to come.
We have everything you need from start to finish:
- A friendly, knowledgeable staff
- Free Sample Check-Out Service
- Free In-home Consultations
- Guaranteed Professional Installation
- Floor Refinishing
- Complete Warranty Service
- Free Estimates
Buying Tips for Resilient Flooring
Why Buy Resilient Flooring?
Resilient flooring is an amazing material if you’re looking for something that is both a great value and long lasting. It is softer under foot than ceramic tile and wood, which makes it a great choice in kitchens where you’ll spend a lot of time standing. Its ability to hold up under the harshest of conditions is why it is used frequently in commercial settings.
Resilient flooring is a great solution for residential applications as well. Breakthroughs in digital printing allow manufacturers to create the look of expensive stone, wood and ceramic floors with stunning realism at a fraction of the cost of the real material.
Another huge benefit of using resilient flooring is the easy maintenance. It is highly water and stain resistant. You will only have to sweep up dirt and debris periodically. If you need a deeper clean, you only need to use a damp mop. Follow all manufacture cleaning instructions.
Types of Resilient Flooring
There are different materials available depending on the setting you will be using the flooring in. For example, if you are looking to floor a residential area like your home kitchen you will likely choose one of the following materials:
- Residential sheet vinyl
- Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT)
- Vinyl Tile
If you are in need of flooring for a commercial setting you will have some different options. Your material options for a project like that will include:
- Commercial Sheet Vinyl
- Vinyl Composition Tile (VCT)
- Bio-Based Tile (BBT)
- Rubber Sheet
- Rubber Tile
We sell only the best brands of resilient flooring available. Call or stop in today to see our selection of resilient flooring.
Buying Tips for Cork Flooring
Why Buy Cork Flooring?
Cork is a progressive design option that offers high-end durability. Cork is a highly resilient flooring because it has elasticity and gives on impact. This makes cork a great option for comfort and sturdiness.
Cork is also known for its abundant design options. The versatile material allows for stains in many shades and it can also be painted. You can have the benefits of cork and still match any décor you choose.
Cork Flooring is Good for the Environment
If you are looking for an environmentally friendly option, cork is the perfect choice. This is because cork can be harvested from a tree without damaging the tree or stunting its growth. This makes cork the most naturally renewable resource for flooring.
What Type of Cork is Best?
It really all depends on your needs. Use plank-shaped cork if you are installing over existing flooring, but use tile-shaped if you need to glue it down. We can help you determine which is best.
Cork texture will greatly impact the look of your cork flooring. Small granules give your floor that traditional cork flooring look you are likely used to. A peeled cork texture gives it a beautiful natural cork look. There are many other textures and designs to choose from. Contact us today and we'll make sure you get the right one for your home's needs.
Buying Tips for Bamboo Flooring
Why Buy Bamboo Flooring?
Bamboo flooring is one of the best ways to get a combination of beauty and durability. It is most known for its strength and stability, making it a great choice for flooring that lasts for many years. Although bamboo is actually a type of grass, it can be harder than oak, giving you a long lasting material.
Bamboo vs. Hardwood
It has a lot of the same benefits of hardwood plus a few more. It has less risk of damage due to expansion or contraction. It is also particularly resistant to insects and mildew growth. Bamboo is one the most recent materials to be used as flooring, but it is also one of the most environmentally friendly. It is a rapidly renewable resource that can be harvested every 5-7 years. An oak tree takes 60 years or more before it’s ready to be re-harvested. This makes bamboo a great choice for environmentally conscious consumers who are concerned about sustainability.
What Type of Bamboo to Buy?
There are a few color options to choose from to get the look you want. You can do a natural bamboo color are get a direct print bamboo to create bamboo flooring that looks like an entirely different type of floor.
There are different grain types for different looks. Vertical grain gives you a uniform, smooth look while horizontal grain helps display the bamboo's random growth rings. The hardest of the grain types is strand-woven which also gives a random look revealing the natural character of your bamboo floors. Contact us today, so we can help you make the right decision when purchasing your new flooring.
Manufacturers| Bruce | DuChateau Floors | | Milliken | Mirage | | Oshkosh | Timbercreek | | | WE Cork | Wellmade®
Ceramic & Porcelain
Buying Tips for Ceramic & Porcelain Tile
The correct subfloor structure is critical to performance
Ceramic tile, more than any other form of flooring, requires the proper subfloor system and setting materials. A double subfloor system with the total thickness of 1-1/4", over floor joists 16" on center is required. The top subfloor layer should be exterior grade plywood or an underlayment specifically designed for ceramic tile installation like cementous backerboard.
Special setting materials are available which will allow ceramic tile installations over existing floors that are solid and already meet the above requirements. Failure to provide a sturdy base can cause grout to crack and release or tile to crack.
Although many ceramic tiles look the same, there are quality differences
The quality of raw materials, the firing process, and the sophistication of glazing applications that create realism will determine the quality of the finished product. These quality differences are often reflected in the price.
Selecting the right surface glaze is an important step when selecting floor tile
Floor tiles are rated for glaze wear and slip resistance, which are important factors to consider. Glaze ratings should exceed 3 for residential applications with the exception of bath areas that can use tiles rated 2. Tiles with a slip resistant rating of 0.5 or better should work well in most indoor residential applications.
Use caution when selecting tile for installations outdoors. Unglazed quarry tiles, tiles with heavily textured surfaces, or porcelain paver tiles, all with slip resistant ratings of 0.6 or greater are possibilities. They must also be frost resistant.
Request the best in setting materials
New latex modified mortars and grouts provide better strength while also allowing greater flexibility.
Dropping objects on ceramic tile--particularly heavy ones--can chip even the best tiles.
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Manufacturers| Dura Products by Congoleum
Dura Ceramic - Mannington Adura - Armstrong Alterna
Dura Ceramic, Mannington Adura and Armstrong Alterna have plenty of positive attributes to them, which is why they've become such a popular option for many of your flooring needs. They give you the look of real ceramic but, unlike its predecessor, these vinyl-topped, limestone-backed products are not slippery when wet. There is lower risk of damage to the floor if something heavy and hard is dropped and, it is easy on the feet/legs as well as easy to clean.
Like their predecessor, Dura Ceramic, Mannington Adura and Armstrong Alterna offer many different ways of installation. All products can be grouted or butted together and laid in a brick, diagonal or straight pattern.
*Warm to the touch
*Easy on the feet
*Easy to clean
*Can stand up to heavy things being dropped on it
*Options on installation
"Thank you very much ! We love our floors!"
"I can't tell you how much I love my hardwood floors!! You guys did an awesome job and have been so kind, courteous and efficient!! How in the world did you get a staff of so many patient and kind and positive people. I would recommend you to any neighbor or friend in a heartbeat!!"
- Jeff and Kelly Durr
"Thank you for doing another outstanding job for us. We really appreciate the professional, quality work that Hawkins always provides. Arlene is always a pleasure to work with and very accommodating. You are always our "Go To Guys" for flooring."
"We wanted to send a separate e-mail to commend Mario and Richardo for a job well done. Mario was very patient and explained the different options and/or problems with possible options. He showed me several possibilities for stain color. They did a thorough job, cleaning up each day and even returned the final day to carry our heavy kitchen table back into the kitchen, which we really appreciated!"
-Basil and Sophia Harrison
"The carpeting looks great. The recoat of the floors was a good job and Mark did a nice job sanding and coating our stairs. Your staff was courteous, efficient and professional. We would call on you again."
, "Just wanted to drop you a note to let you know how pleased we are with our refinished floors. From start to finish, the entire job was professionally done and everything occurred like a well-rehearsed performance. The workers were extremely diligent and i think my house was cleaner after they left than before they arrived!!"
"Thanks for your prompt action on the floors. Your guys were very professional and courteous, and did an excellent job on the floors. They look fantastic!"
"I just wanted you to know how very impressed I was by your extremely professional crew and what a wonderful job they did on my floor
Thank you so very much!"
I am writing to let you know that it was a pleasure dealing with your company in having the hardwood floor and stairs repaired and refinished in my residence. I was pleased with the price you quoted for the work, and with the communications througout the process. I was also very pleased with your refinishing crew, Mark and TJ. They treated my furniture with care, and my floor and stairs with attention to detail and excellent workmanship. The man who replaced the warped flooring in front of my bathroom was a pleasure to work with as well.
I would not hesitate to recommend your company to my neighbors and friends who need similar work done at their homes. Your company sets a standard that I wish all of the contractors I deal with would live up to."
What to look for in a Contractor
- Does the company have a showroom where customers can get expert help on making selections? Hawkins showroom is located at: 7851 Airpark Rd, Suite 213, Gaithersburg, MD 20879
- Does the company carry a long history of good work? Hawkins has been in business since 1964, has references available under Testimonials, on the website, and also available upon request.
- Does that company have In-House, skilled and experienced workers? Hawkins has full time floor technicians
- Does the company have a Maryland Home Improvment License? Hawkins does
- Does the company carry Workmans Compensation and Liability Insurance? Hawkins does. Certificate of Insurance available upon request.
- Is the company bonded? Hawkins is. Certificate of Insurance available upon request.
Things to know and do when having work done
What to do before the floor crew arrives to begin work
-If we are moving the furniture-
Remove all small / brakeable items off shelfs, out of cabinets and off dressors
Unhook all computers, televisions and stero systems
Empty all closets of cloths that are hanging down to the floor and any items on the floor
- things to consider-
Sand and finishing will typicaly take 3 to 4 days to complete -depending on size, what type of finish is used and sometimes weather-
there are 2 diffrent types of finish to consider , the first is oil base the most known and most used finish, the 2nd is water based finish.
the diffrence between the two finish types
OIL - the most common choice due to being the most known. Oil base finish is the most potent of the 2 choices, it normaly takes 3-5 days for the smell of the finish to disipate . Oil base finish also takes a minnimum of 8 hours to dry enough to be walked on and to put down another coat of finish . Furniture can be moved back the day after the final coat is applied.. With area rugs it is best to wait a minimum of 2 weeks before putting them back in place,
Water-is slowly becoming the main choice in finishes due to the fact it takes half the time to dry and fumes are much easyer to live with and normaly only takes 1-2 days to dissipate, It also makes for a faster job sense it does dry faster most jobs can have 1-2 days cut off the total job time. same as the oil base finish. Furniture can be moved back the day after the final coat is applied. With area rugs it is best to wait a minimum of 2 weeks before putting them back into place.
How to care for your floors
HARDWOOD CARE *new wood and refinished wood*
normally with hardwood you can simply take a damp mop or cloth and clean up spills and tracked in dirt .
for the harder stuck on dirt we recommend the BONA HARDWOOD CLEANER, This product is a spray on wipe off application.
on all furniture that will be moved around like chairs , small end tables etc. etc. you should put Felt tips on the legs. If the furniture has metal caps or plastic caps on the bottom of the legs its best to remove those before you apply the felt tips
THINGS TO AVOID
We recommend to stay away from anything that says it will "shine the floor" as that indicates some sort of wax in the cleaner. Typically you want to avoid using any sort of wax on a new wood floor for many reasons, the main being once there's wax on the floor you will have to continue to wax it to keep the luster and shine on the floor.
Most people choose to put area rugs down after having the new wood floor installed or old wood floor refinished. this is fine. Things to keep in mind are what kind of pad is under that area rug. The none slip pads are good for just that to prevent the area rug from sliding around but after years and years of being down it can actually sometimes bond to the wood floor. if this occurs it becomes very hard to get up and can even blacken the floor. If you do use one of these pads try your best to keep it from getting wet as that can cause the padding to bond to the wood flooring.
SHEET VINYL / VINYL PRODUCT CARE
to clean the floor we recommend the manufacture specific cleaner. For instance Armstrong products we recommend Once N' Done cleaner.
like with the hardwood we recommend that you put felt on all furniture that will be moved around i.e. chairs etc.
Regular vacuuming cleaning up spills in a timely manner will go a long way
There are many different options as far as how to clean what type of professional cleaning to do etc. there is not a certain one that is recommended as what type of cleaning needs to be done depends on condition, age and type of stains and or dirt that needs to be removed.
THINGS TO AVOID
The number one thing that most people do not know is the frequency of which to vacuum the carpeting in their home
Most people do this to often which can cause damage to the carpeting over time. We normally recommend that you vacuum only once a week. This doesn't include the spot vacuuming if something spills or dirt is tracked in etc.