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Flooring Contractors in Florida

Florida flooring is something of a delicate proposition, due to the humid climate. Homeowners may wish to hire a contractor, both to help choose the best floor and to perform the installation. Whether hiring a contractor or taking the matter into your own hands, it is important to be informed about how flooring works in your state.

Licensing in Florida

Certified Contractor's Licenses are issued in Florida by the Department of Business & Professional Regulation. The state issues licenses for many specific categories as well as general ones; unfortunately, these do not include flooring. The state also issues contractor licenses in general categories such as "Building" and "Residential." To take the examination for one of these licenses, applicants must be 18 or older and already have some approved combination of training and experience.

Legal Issues and Complaints

Complaints about contractors can be filed with the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation. The Department notes that there are limitations to its ability to defend individual homeowners in complaints against contractors. For example, it will not intervene in some disputes about price or quality of workmanship. In these situations, it suggests you hire a lawyer privately.

To protect yourself against disputes with a contractor, it is always a good idea to make sure that the terms of service and payment are laid out clearly in the contract established at the beginning of the work.

Common Flooring Installation Issues

Florida has a humid climate that can cause some floors to buckle. Additionally, the concrete foundations that are common in Florida can cause extra moisture to accumulate. A standard 3/4"-inch hardwood floor is likely to have this problem, and homeowners in Florida usually choose other options. If hardwood is necessary, thinner wood will work better.

Engineered flooring is a popular alternative in Florida. Engineered floors have hardwood on top and plywood on the bottom. These floors look and feel almost the same as pure hardwood, but are more resistant to changes in temperature or humidity. Consumers can typically choose among a variety of thicknesses of the wood layer top.

Homeowners planning to put in their own floors may want to use a specially designed easy-to-install set of boards. Several different companies make floorboards that are designed to snap into each other. This feature makes it much easier to produce a well-fitting floor.

Preventative Measures

There are ways to preserve a good floor in Florida. Consistently using an air conditioning system HVAC during the summer is one way to keep humidity down.

Generally speaking, it is usually a good idea to put felt on the bottom of your furniture to avoid damaging the floor.

Specialty Products Available in Florida

Florida is full of Cypress trees which are logged and used locally for flooring. Cypress wood is popular and durable. It is often used in combination with pine. Several different types of Cypress are available for use in floors. These trees are also well-protected by environmental regulations, and it seems that most of the logging that currently occurs is sustainable.


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