Tips & Advice
Does a flooring contractor need to be licensed?
In most states, contractors are required to have a license before taking a job. Some states also require registration. To be licensed, contractors must pass an exam and meet certain qualifications that prove he or she is a competent flooring contractor. Registration is simply a list of who will be performing a job.
How long does a typical flooring installation take?
The time it takes to install flooring depends on the type of flooring and the size of the room or rooms involved in the project. In one day, a typical contractor can usually install up to 2,000 square feet of carpet, 600 square feet of hardwood or laminate, or 400 square feet of tile or stone.
What are questions to ask when choosing a flooring contractor?
- Do you have a professional license, insurance, and a business liability policy?
- Who will work on the project?
- Do you subcontract, and do you screen workers and have insurance policies to cover them?
- Do you have references or examples of your work I can see?
- Do you charge for an in-home estimate?
- What type of flooring is best for my home in terms of architectural consistency, environmental influences (such as whether a certain type of flooring will be affected by humidity in my area), and durability?
Do flooring contractors need insurance?
Legally, insurance is not necessary, but it's a good idea for flooring contractors to have it. When hiring a flooring contractor, ask whether the business is insured. If it's not, consider that a red flag.
What information should a flooring contractor know about flooring options?
A flooring contractor should know the pros and cons of each flooring option. These might include pricing, time of installation, durability, and average lifespan of the material.
What should be in the contract with a flooring contractor?
In your contract, include:
- The business name and contact information
- Who will be entering your home
- The scope of the project, including tools and materials used, and model numbers
- Permits and inspection documents, and any other necessary legal documents
- Information about who will clean up after the project is completed, and how they will clean up
- Proof of the contractor’s insurance and professional license
- Pricing information, including deposits made, payment schedules, equipment rental information, and the total cost
- Warranty information
- Any changes that were made to the project, including the cost of those changes
What types of flooring projects can be fixed without a contractor?
Flooring can be DIY with the right tools and know-how. Certain materials like hardwood and tile are difficult to install yourself if you have never done it before. However, you can opt for easier-to-install options, like engineered wood or carpet squares, which are simpler than wall-to-wall carpet.
What types of floor materials will a flooring contractor install?
Most flooring contractors can install:
- Ceramic, porcelain, or vinyl tile
What does a flooring contractor cost?
Flooring materials costs range from as little as $1 per square foot, to as high as $100 per square foot for materials like high-end tile. The cost of labor depends on the scope and details of the project, but is usually comprises around 20 percent of the overall budget.
Carpet is generally the least expensive, with average costs around $5.94 per square foot. Hardwood, on the other hand, is typically the most expensive. Average costs come to around $9.68 per square foot.
What is a flooring contractor?
Flooring contractors install the floor surface, including carpeting if desired, as well as underlayment--the layer directly beneath the floor surface. They typically do not install subflooring, which is the layer that rests on top of the joists.