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Iowa Flooring Contractors

Springtime is a popular time for home renovations in the state of Iowa and for homeowners thinking of renovating or installing new flooring, caution should be exercised as there are many companies on the market vying for business. In order to get the best service possible, consumers should learn more about what is involved in hiring a flooring contractor.

Licensing in Iowa

Before performing any work classified as construction, all contractors must register with the Iowa Division of Labor. This requirement is applicable to all contractors who earn at least $2,000.00 per year and re-registration is required by contractors on an annual basis.

As of July 1, 2010, any Iowa contractor whose home office is based outside the state must post a bond before their contractor's registration number can be issued.

Legal Issues and Complaints

If a dispute should arise between the homeowner and the contractor, then the homeowner should try to resolve the matter by writing to the contractor and keeping a copy of all correspondence and communication. As an added resource the Office of the Attorney General has information on their website which guides consumers through the complaint procedure. Sample forms for various types of complaints are available for download. Before taking any action, consumers should read the 'How to Complain Effectively' brochure which is also available on the site.

Consumer Protection

As a precaution for homeowners, the Iowa Attorney General's office issues the following tips:

  • Research the contractor before paying or signing any contracts. Even though a contractor is licensed this does not mean that there aren't unscrupulous workers out there.
  • Get a few estimates and the contract should be placed in writing clearly defining the start and end dates and what works must be done before payments are required.
  • Homeowners should request a copy of the homeowners liability insurance certificate.
  • Homeowners should not pay a large deposit up front and should check and double check contractor financing before signing up for this option.

Common Flooring Installation Issues

Depending on the location of the flooring installation, Iowa weather conditions can cause moisture to seep through the flooring. If the renovation is taking place in a basement then steps should be taken to ensure the surface is dry and free from condensation and damp. To avoid shrinking and expansion of wood, dampness in carpet and moisture in other flooring materials, the surface should have adequate ventilation, drainage and insulation.

Licensed contractors should be experienced with the work involved and how to handle various materials in the state of Iowa.

Specialty Products Available in Iowa

Woodminstrel Woodparts of Hillsboro, Iowa, provides a unique service to residents of the state. The company makes custom wood products to match old and existing flooring so that homeowners can patch or repair their floor. Once consumers provide a sample of the wood they need, Woodminstrel will custom-make the type and quantity required. Products are made on a square foot basis.


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