Are all flooring installers equal? The short answer is “no”. There is a world of difference between a trained, reliable installer with the proper licensing and insurance and day laborers who lack the experience and training necessary to do a professional job. When you get a new floor installed, this distinction is important. But as the client, you should not be responsible for vetting the individuals who show up to install your floor. Unfortunately shoddy, fly by night companies that employ unqualified installers are not uncommon. That’s why recently there has been some conversation about the necessity to regulate the flooring installer industry.
How do I choose qualified flooring installers?
What can you do as the client to ensure your installers are qualified? The easiest way to feel confident your flooring is professionally installed to last is to work with a company you trust. A reputable retail store will assume the responsibility for vetting installers to assure they are licensed and insured, have references, and have no criminal background. The Floor Store at Thornebrook Village takes this responsibility seriously. Our goal is to hire only trained installation mechanics who exhibit the highest level of professionalism. It’s the finishing touches that count.
What’s the difference between an amateur and a professional?
A properly installed floor will last longer and look better than one that was installed without proper technique and attention to detail. Professionals know how to select and use adhesives, transitions and installation systems. A professional will also advise you on which flooring material to select. Depending on the intended use of the room, the climate, and other important factors, some flooring choices will work better than others. When choosing a retailer for your next flooring project, don’t sell yourself short. Make sure the store you select is on the ball.