CA Lic.# 514093

February 2021
We Have Over 31 Years of Experience Specializing In:

• Design-Build Remodeling
• Kitchens
• Bathrooms
• Additions
• Whole House Remodels
• Green Building
• Custom Cabinetry
• Home Automation
• Window Coverings
• And More!

What Our Clients Say

"We have worked with several contractors over the course of our 30 years as home owners. None has come close to the professionalism and quality of design Daniel Mackey Construction offered us on our recent remodeling project. Most contractors leave you with a sense that a shoe will drop and it does, but with Dan and Debbie there are no surprises, and that is extremely comforting."

- Lucy Helveston

"This review is over due. Dan had remodeled both our bathrooms and did a beautiful job on both. He showed us how we could have ADA compliant fixtures without sacrificing style. Both rooms continue to receive compliments. Dan has has also squeezed us in for occasional small jobs like installing a ceiling fan and collapsing stairway to access the attic. When he is too busy, he finds us excellent subcontractors! You will never have an issue with his quality."

- Maggie Brady

Daniel Mackey Construction, Inc. Uses the Latest Green Remodeling Techniques

Dan Mackey is a Certified Green Building Professional and has been instrumental in developing a green building education program for the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. All of Dan's construction projects involve green remodeling techniques to provide the healthiest and most comfortable environment possible for his clients.

Green remodeling focuses on indoor air quality, energy conservation, resource conservation, reduced material waste, and the use of products that are better for the environment (and for people) and is just the right thing to do. So when you work with Daniel Mackey Construction, you can be assured of the health and safety of your family members throughout the project.


DIY Flooring Replacement – Not A Good Idea

Because of the wear it is subjected to, the flooring in a house often starts to show signs of age before the rest of the home when this happens the difference between the worn-out flooring and the rest of the newer-looking décor becomes obvious. It is at this time that homeowners think about changing the flooring in their homes. Making it a DIY project may be appealing because it appears to be well within the abilities of a good home handyman. The reality is that it is a difficult job that requires precision and experience to do the right way.

What Is Involved

Here are some of the things that go into laying down a new floor:

  • You will have to measure the room accurately.
  • Once you have that, you will need to calculate the amount of flooring needed, including a margin for loss, damage, etc.
  • The old flooring will have to be removed. This requires the right tools for the type of flooring being taken out. Care must be taken not to cause damage to the subfloor or the walls – both could result in the need for expensive repairs.
  • You may have to buy or rent the equipment you do not have.
  • Cutting the flooring to the right size requires the right tools and more importantly, the knowledge of how to do it the right way.
  • Depending on the type of floor being installed, you may need to put down a layer of underlayment.
  • The first row of tiles or planks must be laid in a completely straight line (easier said than done) or the floor will be misaligned.
  • Care must be taken with subsequent rows - one plank or tile even slightly out of place can throw the whole floor out of alignment.
  • The tiles or planks will have to be tapped into place and there must be no gap between the seams.
  • For the final row, the tiles or planks may have to be cut to fit into place.
  • The whole floor will then have to be checked to ensure that there are no gaps, unevenness or misaligned pieces.
  • Spacers may be required to keep the edges of the floor away from the walls to allow for any expansion that may happen while the new floor is settling.
  • Sealant will have to be applied to the perimeter all around the room to keep everything in place.
  • The final step will be to install the baseboard to seal the gap between the crown molding and the new floor.
As you can see, there is a lot that can go wrong. Unless you are sure of your abilities, this is not a project you want to undertake.

Professional Floor Installation

When the flooring is done by a professional home remodeling contractor, you can expect:

  • The old flooring will be removed without doing any damage to the subfloor or walls.
  • The sub-flooring will be checked for any damage so that repairs, if required, can be done before the new floor goes in.
  • Access to a range of flooring options with guidance about the pros and cons of each so you can make an informed decision.
  • Efficient and expert installation. All the issues mentioned above and more will be handled the right way.
  • A professional contractor will give you a guarantee on the workmanship and a warranty on the materials used. If the work or materials are not up to the expected standard, repairs or replacements will be done free of cost.
  • All the tools and equipment will be provided by the contractor.
  • The post-completion clean up will be done by the contractor.
You should never take the flooring in your home for granted. It may be underfoot, but it affects the look of the home which in turn impacts the comfort of those living in it. It is also a major factor in establishing the market value of your home.

If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area and are thinking of putting in new flooring, or any other home automation and home remodeling project, why not check out our website? At Daniel Mackey Construction we are known for the design-build home remodeling expertise and the focus on what our clients want that combine to produce the dream homes that we are known for creating. If you haven’t thought about new flooring, have a look at what you have now and if you think that new flooring is worth considering, contact us and we will be glad to give you the information you need to make the decision that is right for you and your home.
2593 Hebron Ave, San Jose, CA 95121 | P: 408-274-6060 | F: 408-274-6799 |