When considering flooring installation or renovation, homeowners should evaluate the size and complexity of the project. Sometimes it could be an easy DIY job but at other times professionals may need to be employed. If the latter is the case then homeowners should take the time to evaluate potential companies and whether or not the state requires such contractors to be licenced.
In the state of Hawaii any contractor who performs work where material, labor, and costs amounts to over $1000.00 must be licensed. The licensed contractor will have the necessary training and experience in handling the materials based on weather conditions in Hawaii. In addition the state conducts background checks on contractors. Licenses are granted once the state is satisfied a the person is qualified.
The Hawaii Department of Commerce & Consumer Affairs (DCCA) has a website dedicated to providing information on consumer protection. The department will investigate complaints relating to deceptive or unfair trade practices in a wide range of areas. At the DCCA, consumers can also check the licence status of contractors they have shortlisted for projects, plus they can view the complaints history of the company.
The state of Hawaii advises consumers to take note of the following points when hiring contractors:
Bamboo Flooring Hawaii Inc, located in Honolulu, offers a range of eco-friendly and durable flooring material. The newest addition to the line is the Mulberry flooring and the process of making this material is very interesting.
After silkworms consume the green leafy material which is used to produce silk, the branches used to be thrown out or burned but now the company uses its green friendly process to save the mulberry branches.
Bamboo Flooring Inc. dries the branches, strips the bark then compresses and bonds the remaining pieces of wood together to make natural flooring which is extremely strong and beautiful at the same time.
In 2010, the AIA Honolulu Design Awards visited the homes on the island and noted some of the more unusual designs, including this:
The Paiko Ridge was designed by students at the University of Hawaii in 1960 and was commonly known as the 'cube' home. Current owners have now renovated it using a variety of tiles to add character to the home. The most mentioned area was the bathroom where the homeowners found tiles that look and almost fell like wood. This adds warmth to the room without the worry of the wood absorbing any moisture.