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Georgia Flooring Contractors

Qualified flooring contractors in Georgia can assist residents with the purchase and installation of a new floor. Although some flooring can be installed by homeowners, specific products require the skill and experience of a professional contractor. In these cases, the installer would provide the correct preparation, cleanup, and installation methods.

Licensing in Georgia

It is illegal for any contractor to install residential or commercial flooring without a current Georgia license. The State Licensing Board for Residential and General Contractors was established in 2004 to oversee the registration of contractors. A practical exam relevant to the area of installation and a business law exam need to be passed in order for a contractor to be eligible for a state license.

Before hiring a flooring installer, Georgia residents can verify their license and registration status through the Secretary of State's office.

Legal Issues and Complaints

Georgia consumers are protected against home repair fraud by a variety of laws. Complaints about a particular contractor are found by contacting the Better Business Bureau of Metropolitan Atlanta at 404-766-0875. The procedures for filing a complaint can be found on the Governor's Consumer Protection website.

Many of the legal issues concerning Georgia contractors are the result of incomplete or unclear contracts. Each flooring installation should have a detailed contract that lists all materials and labor. Blank spaces could signify a mistake or an attempt to fill in additional costs at a later date. Residents are advised to read contracts carefully and inquire about anything that is not clear.

Flooding Precautions and Other Preventative Measures

Since extensive flooding in 2009, the Georgia Secretary of State has issued several warnings about potential flood repair scams. The precautions also apply to normal flooring installations. For example, consumers should not do business with any contractor that is unable to produce a license or contact information. Other possible scams include:

  • Door-to-door selling of services
  • The requirement of more than half of a job's payment upfront
  • Any person or business that only accepts cash

Other signs of a scam could be a lack of contract or written terms, and service that is available for a limited time.

It is highly recommended to receive at least three separate written bids and compare them to make sure that the contractor is using the appropriate amount of materials and labor. References might reveal any previous problems with a contractor's work. Consumers in Georgia can ensure their protection by seeking referrals or consulting with a reputable organization, such as the Home Builder's Association of Georgia. A final payment should be made after the work is completed. Early payments could lead to insufficient work or an unfinished installation.

Common Flooring Installation Issues

Georgia typically has mild winters and hot summers. Seasonal changes might cause the expansion and contraction of hardwood or laminate flooring. The planks need to be properly installed with enough spacing from the wall to allow for anticipated movement. Product descriptions and warranty brochures will normally define the preferred conditions, temperatures, and humidity levels for a new floor.


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