Flooring (cont., pg. 7)


What You Need To Do

What you really should do, in my opinion, is to visit several one-stop flooring companies.

Each of these should have an established record of business in your community.

They won’t all offer the same product lines or manufacturers, so be prepared to shop around for what you want.

Hire the one that offers the best deal.

It’s about simplicity and about warranty.

All you have to do is go to the showroom, make your selections, and you’re done.

 

They will measure.  They will order.  They will obtain all the materials.  They will provide all the installation labor.

And most important of all, they will be responsible for every bit of it.

All materials and labor will be covered by warranty.

If you believe that you can save money by finding your own materials, purchasing them cheaply, and then hiring your own installers, you may be right.  If that’s your choice, here is what you should do:

● Make your material selections well in advance of time to install.  Make sure they will be available when needed.

● Hire one or more experienced, licensed, insured flooring installers with good references ─ whom you actually called.  Make the hire well in advance of when you’ll need them.

● Take room measurements to calculate the amount of flooring needed. There will inevitably be some material waste because of cutting and fitting.  Order an extra 10%.  Don’t forget the fasteners, grouts, and glues.

● Walk the house with your installer in advance.  Make sure he is clear on everything you want.  There will be questions such as; do you want direction of wood planks to be front-to-back, or side-to-side?  Should tiles be laid in square or diamond pattern?

● Make sure all materials are on site when he is ready to start.

● Know that if any material flaw shows up after installation, you’ll have no warranty protection.  You will not only have to provide new material, you will have to pay again to have it installed.

Make sure the installers know to cull any questionable material

 


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