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Kansas Flooring Contractors

Kansas residents can install certain flooring products without paying for a contractor. These projects do not usually require any type of specialty tools or training. However, there are many floors that residents would be wise to hire a contractor to complete in order to ensure that everything is installed according to manufacturing specifications. Quality professionals will also help consumers estimate how much product is needed, as well as remove or prepare the existing floor, and clean up the work space after the installation.

Licensing in Kansas

Except for asbestos abatement and water well drilling, a contractor does not have to be licensed to work in the state of Kansas. All residents are encouraged to speak with established businesses when hiring an installer. Check with a few references and look at a contractor's previous work. Plus, verify insurance status and contact information, such as address and phone number.

Local regulations could vary, so it is always a good idea to be aware of the ordinances in your area. In general, an installer that has been recommended is preferred. Since the state does not actually have any mandatory laws about flooring contractors, home owners must be careful and research backgrounds thoroughly before making a decision.

Kansas Legal Issues and Complaints

Frequent complaints and legal issues have been reported in Kansas for home improvement and repairs, which can cost thousands of dollars. The Office of the Attorney General has provided a list of consumer tips to follow when selecting a contractor. You should have three separate written bids and compare the materials and labor on them.

A significantly lower bid could indicate omissions or attempts to add charges to the bill at a later date. No contract should have any blank spaces and it must clearly include every item and the approximate time frame of the work. Each part of a contract has to be agreed upon before it is signed for the protection of the home owner.

Most legal disputes about money can be avoided if a deposit is paid, but the final payment is not made until the consumer is satisfied with the finished installation. Use a credit card if you can as the payment might need to be withheld in the event of a problem. Warning signs of a possible scam include installers going door to door, accepting cash payments only, unusually long guarantees, materials from other jobs, unrealistic discounts, and out-of-state vehicles.

Complaints against a particular contractor can be made and viewed through the Kansas Attorney General Consumer Protection Division.

Common Flooring Issues

Humidity levels and temperatures range in Kansas and changes in them can result in the expansion or contraction of some floors, especially hardwood. Leaving the proper spacing between the planks and the wall should reduce the movement. Also, improper installation procedures will increase the risk of complications with flooring over time.

Unique Floors in Kansas

Several historical buildings in the country have been a source of attention, education, and a link to the past. One monumental example is Constitution Hall, in Lecompton, Kansas, where people can visit and observe the wooden structure and preserved flooring. Equally as impressive, are the original limestone stairs of the Territorial Capital Museum.


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