Hiring the right contractor is challenging, but it’s also worth it, and a flooring contractor is no exception. The result is someone you can trust to complete a quality floor installation at a price you can afford, without any hidden fees. Once you’ve found a few recommendations, either from the web or from friends, it’s important to know which questions to ask each potential candidate, as their answers will help narrow down your options.
Need a Quality Floor Installation? 5 Questions to Ask a Potential Flooring Contractor
1. What Warranty Do You Offer?
Reliable contractors offer some kind of warranty for their work, which may vary depending on the exact nature of the project. A warranty is important because it shows that your contractor actively holds themselves accountable for good work. Note that labor warranties are different from product warranties.
2. Are You Licensed & Insured?
Licensing shows that your flooring contractor is confident in their ability and that they take their profession seriously. Insurance (which should include worker’s compensation) is also critical, as it shows that they value their employees’ safety—plus, it protects you from liability in case of any accidents.
3. Can You Provide 3 Recent References?
Ask for contact information from three to five references, ideally former customers from within the last six months. They should be recent, so the contractor can’t just “cherry pick” from older clients, who may have had positive experiences, but which nonetheless aren’t reflective of how the contractor has changed since then.
4. How Will My Contract Change If Something Unexpected Happens?
If something unforeseen happens, your floor installation may take longer than initially expected. One common reason this could happen is that a moldy subfloor is revealed underneath the old floor, which requires replacement. Find out how your contractor will deal with some of the most common contingencies.
5. How Do You Contain Dust?
Wood flooring installations include sanding, which always results in a lot of dust. Find out what dust containment system your contractor uses for installations. This is important because flooring dust is harmful to inhale and could ruin any unprotected upholstery.
If you’re planning an upcoming floor installation, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Morris Paint & Floor Covering. They’re located in Staunton, VA, and have been in business since 1981, providing high-quality, affordable products, including hardwood floors, draperies, and many other options. To request an estimate, call (540) 886-1050. More information about the varied products and services is available online.