So you’ve made the decision to install hardwood flooring: great choice! Now comes the hard part: finding the right hardwood flooring specialist to install them. Not all contractors are created equal. They should have vast experience installing the type of hardwood flooring you want, backed by the credentials and skill that will give you peace of mind.
Here are some tips on what to look for in a hardwood flooring specialist.
Licensing, Bonding and Insurance
Not all states require flooring contractors to be licensed, but there are many that do. Texas does not require licensing. However, this doesn’t mean you can’t check into their background and track record by enlisting the help of the BBB or your local municipality. By the way, Designer Wood Flooring has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.
Your flooring contractor should be bonded and insured, which protects both parties against damage or injury while on your property. New flooring is a significant investment. Protect it by ensuring your flooring contractor holds the proper insurance policies.
Accreditations from trade organizations are also a good sign of a reputable company. Designer Wood Flooring is a member of the National Wood Flooring Association, an international not-for-profit trade association representing all segments of the hardwood flooring industry. Memberships in these types of organizations show you that the contractors are serious about their work and take continuing education courses on a regular basis. This also shows contractors are held to higher industry standards for workmanship, work site conditions, and proper installation techniques.
Experience and References
When calling around for quotes, ask the flooring contractors about their background and experience in the field. Look for many years in business, preferably in the same town or location. This shows stability and customer loyalty.
Ask for references and don’t be afraid to call them. Any well-qualified flooring contractor won’t have any problem providing references for customers or a portfolio of recently-completed work. When you call the references, ask if they were satisfied with the work and whether they would hire that particular contractor again.
Ask About Price
Hardwood floors aren’t cheap. Naturally, you’re concerned about price. But making a decision based solely on cost is a mistake. Choosing the cheapest contractor usually results in the cheapest quality of work. Likewise, if you choose the high-end of the spectrum in terms of price, you could be getting ripped off.
Stick within the middle range, and ask what those prices entail. Get a full breakdown of all costs and timelines. And get a contact name and number to call whenever you have questions or concerns.
Contact Designer Wood Flooring
To learn more about our services and why we are the best choice for you, contact us or visit our showroom in Spring Branch. Our hours are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.