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Colorado Flooring Contractors

It can be a rewarding experience for a homeowner to see a brand new floor laid in a home but the demands of doing it right are sometimes troubling for those who are not professional flooring contractors. Although there are various DIY kits available, it still can take considerable effort to fit the floor satisfactorily. When changing a floor, the best method is to call a professional and benefit from their experience.

Colorado Licensing

Electricians and plumbers are required to have be licensed in Colorado, flooring contractors are not. However, individual cities and towns of Colorado issue their own contractor's licenses. Therefore, the licensing requirements could vary from one town to the next which means that consumers must be careful when choosing a flooring contractor. For example, one town may require proof of experience whereas another may ask contractors for references. Consumers should phone the building department in their locality to find out what licensing requirements are applicable in their area.

Legal Issues and Complaints

One thing homeowners and businesses are urged to do is to make sure the contractor is registered with the Colorado Secretary of State. Each year, companies enter the state looking to get quick business after storm season has damaged homes. Those who have not registered should be avoided.

Consumers who wish to file complaints against contractors should do so by contacting the Better Business Bureau. It is also important for consumers to ensure their contractor is highly rated by the Bureau.

Common Flooring Installation Issues

In Colorado, environmentally friendly flooring is becoming more popular and bamboo's low cost and durability means it's many consumers first choice. When choosing flooring in Colorado, it's important to remember that high moisture can adversely affect bamboo if care is not taken, and that lower quality bamboo should be avoided. Though bamboo floors have the ability to last more than 30 years and are more resilient than hardwood floors, long spells of dry weather in some parts of Colorado could lead to denting and warping.

Preventative Measures

Though bamboo flooring has its advantages, there's a significant difference between high grade and low grade bamboo. Poor quality bamboo utilizes substandard glues and relies on excess production of formaldehyde. There are many other widely used, natural, and reliable hardwood materials to choose from in Colorado.

When moving appliances on any hardwood floor, ensure that floor guards are used to avoid sharp edges which can cause serious damage.

Consumer Protection

Consumers are warned not to sign any contract with a contractor who doesn't have a legitimate insurance policy. It is imperative for consumers to phone the number they see on the insurance form to make sure the insurance company exists and also to double check that the contractor's insurance actually covers the job description.

Before a consumer thinks about hiring a contractor, the state of Colorado suggests asking for a minimum of five references, three of which should be called. Homeowners are urged to ignore the first reference as there is a chance it may be a friend or relative who was drafted in to make a good impression.


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