How To Choose Your Hardwood Floor Installer
by Denver and Boulder Colorado Hardwood Alpine Flooring, Inc
One of the best investments you can make in your home is hardwood flooring. Whether you're looking to install new wood, tear out the old carpet to expose and refinish the original hardwood or make repairs to what you have, your best bet is to hire a professional flooring contractor. Here are some tips and guidelines to help you through the process.
Like most of the trades, there are many, many contractors out there to choose from. The easiest most reliable way to find the flooring contractor that's right for you is to ask around. Friends, family, neighbors or even other trade contractors you may know are a great place to start. Some of the best contractors will stay busy enough that the only way they will consider taking on more work is through a referral.
If you don't have any luck there, try local searches on the internet or in yellow pages. You'll also be able to find a few in your local newspaper service directories Again, the best contractors usually have a big work load so don't need to do much advertising.
If you've already purchased the flooring that you want to have installed, you most likely got it from a flooring retailer or home improvement center like Home Depot. Places like these will typically offer installation. But, keep in mind that most likely their installers are not employees of the company, but the same contractors that you would be able to find on your own.
If you do buy from one of these stores, you probably won't know who will be doing the work until they show up on the job. Ask for a breakdown of the material and installation costs and if you can use your own installers. By looking for an installer on your own, you may be able to negotiate a better price.
Now that you've found some potential contractors, make a list of questions that you'll want to ask. The good contractors will want to come to your house to take a look at the project and get accurate measurements, so you can probably save most of your questions until then. But, some of the questions you will want to ask over the phone to narrow down your search are:
If time is a concern for you, how far out are they scheduling new work? No point wasting time if you want the job done in the next two weeks and they can't get to it until two months from now. How big is their company? Are they family owned and operated? Do they do the work themselves or have employees or other sub-contractors that they use?
I think some of the best most reliable contractors in any trade, are the ones that are on the job site every day doing the work themselves. They take a lot more pride in their work as well as making customer service and satisfaction a priority.
A few other questions you may ask are: Do you use eco-friendly products and materials? Do you use a dust containment system if sanding and finishing is involved with the project? What kind of financing or payment schedule do they use?
The contractor will probably have a few initial questions for you as well. Do you have your own material and if so what kind? What rooms of your home are you looking to have the work done? If you need a repair or refinish, what is the current condition of the floor? They will obviously need your contact information and set up a time to come out to give you an estimate.
Be aware that these contractors are probably out on the job during normal business hours, so you may need to be a bit flexible in setting up a time. Early morning, evening and weekends are not uncommon at all.
Now that your potential contractor has show up, on time, for your appointment, you can discuss all the specifics of the job. This is your opportunity to get a lot of information. More than likely you will find out a lot of the information you're looking for without even asking questions but, have your list ready anyway! You will definitely want to know:
How long will job take from start to finish? Who moves the furniture, appliances and plumbing fixtures if necessary? How to keep the dust down? Will they deliver the material? Does the material need to be acclimated?What kind of warranty? Do they have liability insurance? Do they have references? Do they require a deposit? What is the payment schedule?
You will want to request a written proposal and if you accept, a written contract. It doesn't need to be a long complicated document. Just be sure it includes in detail, all the labor and materials the contractor will supply as well the specific items that are not included.Also be sure that the terms of payment and any warranty information are included. It's also a good idea to have a start date and projected completion date.
You're most likely making a substantial investment in your flooring project so take your time, do some research, ask questions and listen to your instincts. Do these things and you will head off any potential issues you may have down the road.
Contact Alpine Flooring in Boulder or Denver Colorado, for your home's hardwood floor installing and/or refinishing needs.
Or give us a call at your convenience: 303-884-8020