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Indiana Flooring Contractors

There many be handfuls of qualified home improvement contractors availabe to homeowners, but finding the right one isn't always easy. The State of Indiana Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division recommends consumers do thorough research before hiring just any flooring contractor.

Licensing In Indiana

Flooring contractors are not required to have a state license in Indiana. Specific areas of the state may require contractors to obtain a local license, but the qualifications and specifications of that license vary by city and county.

Although independent contractors do not need a license, they do need to have worker's compensation for all their employees. This requires them to apply to the Indiana Department of Revenue for certification of independent contractor status.

Legal Issues and Complaints

Consumer complaints can be filed on-line, mailed in, or made by phone to the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division. The attorney general's office strongly recommends sending in copies of any documents supporting your claim.

Consumers will have to wait to receive notification from the office that the complaint has been processed. Once notified, consumers are often directed to another local, state, or federal agency with more legal authority and experience pertaining to the situation.

If legal action is necessary, the attorney general's office may file lawsuits on behalf of the state - but cannot act as a legal representative for consumers. The complainant is responsible for finding his or her own legal counsel. Free legal services for low-income and elderly are available through Indiana Legal Services.

Consumer Protection

The Consumer Protection Division recommends taking every precaution to protect oneself from deceitful business practices. This involves being wary of contractors who are proposing offers that are too good to be true and taking the time to find a reputable contractor in the area.

According to Indiana law, all home improvement contractors must provide a written contract for all jobs costing more than $150. Consumers should read over a contract carefully and make sure it contains all necessary information to protect themselves from fraudulent activity.

After signing the contract consumers are still recommended protect themselves from potential problems by never paying for the entire project before the work begins, and getting a copy of the warranty.

Specialty Flooring Materials in Indiana

The state of Indiana contains over 4.6 million acres of forest land. Of that, 96% is used to produce a higher grade of timber. Indiana's wood is shipped across the US and around the world. Indiana's wood products make up 3% of the total wood exports in the United States.

The state's hardwood has also ranked first in the nation for: manufactured homes, wooden caskets and coffins, and hardwood plywood products.

Manufacturing millwork in the state, including flooring, is large part of the hardwood manufacturing sector and is still growing. Since 1990, employment has increased from 837 workers to 1,963 - a growth rate of 134%.


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