Ask Ron

Originally from Boston, Massachusetts Ron Call comes from a military family background.  He has lived all over the U.S. as his family was stationed to various bases.  He settled in San Diego County in 1974 and hasn’t left since.

Ron Call

His humble beginning in the flooring industry started at age 18 as an apprentice in 1978.  Today Ron is a recognized leader amongst his peers and clients throughout the industry.  34 years later Ron is an expert in all floor covering products specializing in hardwood installation and refinishing and the owner of the very successful business named Harmony Flooring based out of San Diego serving the entire southern California region.  Harmony Flooring’s motto “Music for your feet” stems from the fact that Ron is not only a topflight professional contractor but a world class musician as well.

Ron is a songwriter and plays multiple instruments including harmonica, guitar and bass.  When he isn’t laying down floors he is passionate about music and enjoys his free time as one of the members of the power trio “V Child.”  Ron has recorded and played with numerous Grammy winners and Grammy nominees and is no stranger to the limelight.  When asked what propels him in his remarkable life his answer is always his beautiful wife and two children.  We’re proud to introduce you to Ron Call, our Urban Floor Guy.

Have questions about a project you’re working on?  Need advice?  For answers post a comment below and Ask Ron!

15 Responses to Ask Ron

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  2. Jolyn Hann says:

    we will be installing a wood floor in our family room. It butts up to the hallway which is tile. We have purchased the 4 in 1 glue. Our problem is that the tile will be higher than the wood floor once installed.
    We thought that we would put 1/4″ plywood down first to bring the tile level to the hallway. Our question is do we glue down the 1/4″ plywood first to the concrete sub floor? Or do we glue down the wood floor to the plywood? or both? Or should we float the floor? What is the correct procedure for this situation?

    Also how long do we wait for setting the furniture back into the room after installing the floor ? we also have a pool table that is going into the middle of the room.

    Thank you for your help in this matter.

    Jolyn Hann

  3. Jessica Pruett says:

    Hi Ron, We have a gas dual sided fireplace and the area in front of it, or hearth, is tile. I would like to remove the tile and put wood(Urban Floors Birch Flintlock from the Mountain Creek Collection) there, but I am unsure about whether or not it would cause any harm or problems with the wood. It is contained behind glass and does put off much heat. What are your thoughts on this? Would you recommend against removing the tile for safety reasons or to prevent damage to the wood? Should I contact the home builder and ask for the manufacturer info on the fireplace and contact them for any specifics? Thanks for your help! Jessica

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  5. Ron Call says:

    Jessica, Hi sorry it took so long to respond I think the computer out smarted me on this one. As to your question, most areas of the country have building code requirements regarding fireplaces. In most places you must have a stone or tile hearth in front of your fireplace. Even if your fireplace only puts out a small amount of heat its not a good idea to be without a hearth. If yours is old and out of style try to replace it before you install your new flooring.If not it can be done later you will just have to be careful not to damage your new wood floor.

  6. Gunnar Pritsch says:

    Hi Ron
    We are thinking of installing wide wood planks (oak) relatively near to the Ocean.
    Some wood sellers (Carlisle) say the wide planks need to be glued and nailed; the contractor favors floating.

    What is right? How can we make the decision?


  7. Ron Call says:

    Either method will work, floating floors will require T moldings in doorways between adjacent rooms. So if you OK with little speed bumps between rooms this will be the least expensive method of installation. If you glue and nail it you can have a continuous installation which always looks the best. But you will incur additional costs for labor and glue. Also proper acclimation and maintaining as consistent environmental conditions after installation is always critical especially by the ocean.

  8. Rich Roberts says:

    Hello Ron, We have Urban Floor hardwood floring (Maple Sunset HSE-5011ST) in our home and love it. Unfortunatley someone slid a heavy coffee table accross the floors last week leaving several large scratches. Is there an easy way to buff these out? Any help would be appreciated. Thank you, Rich.

  9. Russell Barber says:

    Thanks for your help, Ron. Our eight year-old slab home is getting its first engineered wood glue down (five inch 3/8 hickory from Anderson). The builder sprayed the baseboards and laid a four inch path of paint on the concrete. I have tried methanol, methylene chloride, lacquer thinner, high speed wire bristles and good old elbow grease but can't get the paint up. Is it absolutely necessary to remove this paint? If so, any recommendations on what product/method to try next? Thanks for all you do!

  10. Hi Ron, We just installed Bella Cera Pompei Zapella 7 inch distressed wood planks throughout the house. We have only had the floors for 2 months and I have to mop every day because of the smudging. I have only used Bona as recommended by the Bella Cera website and the installer. However, a white dull film continues to develop and smudges are visable after somewalks on the floor–even with socks on. After the installers completed the floor they used paint thinner all over the 1800 sq feet to clean up any glue residue. Could this be the culprit behind my smudgy floors? I contacted the Bella Cera rep and he said to use Acetone finger nail polish all over to get the film off. Please advise me on what I should do. Thank you!

  11. Chaka Ring says:

    Hi Ron. I just read your article on NEVER use lacquer thinner on hardwood floors to remove dripped paint….which is what the contractor who laid our floors did (in one small area). I would like to know what you suggest using to remove paint drip spots from hardwood. We have installed nice Mirage yellow birch cashmere natural finish hardwood…..and we want to take care of it properly. So….what should be used to take up paint residue that was left behind by the contractors. Thank you so much Ron.

  12. Barbara O'Brien says:

    We have a oak wood floor nailed to screeds, can we glued an engineered wood floor on top of the existing wood floor? Also, one area will need to be leveled, what is the preferred method? There is a moisture barrier beneath the oak wood flooring. Thanks

  13. Hi Ron, we are getting ready to install 1/2 inch urban engineered country mountain, mustang hickory, What is the recommended expansion next to the walls. Also what is your recommendation for acclimation? We live in Reno, Nevada and We have had the product in our home for a week now, in the box. Please advise, Appreciate it Thanks.

  14. Ron, I want to install Urbans Hickory Sunset engineered wood flooring in my house. I have vinyl tile in 3 rooms that has tested positive for asbestos in both the tile and mastic. The asbestos abatement contractors use a chemical cleaner as part of the process. The flooring dealer has said this will void warranties on the flooring and recommended grinding instead of chemicals to remove the mastic residue. This seems to be against removal guidelines and I am left unclear about how to proceed. 2 rooms have a wood subfloor and the other is on a concrete foundation. What should I do? What method of installation and what adhesive should be used. I really need some advise on this. Thank you.

  15. Anonymous says:

    This was an great project installed the composer collection (Beethoven) on a wall in AZ came out great love the bow ties wish there were more…..

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