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Louisiana Flooring Contractors

One of the ways to add value to a home is to replace or upgrade the flooring. While many homeowners are willing and able to complete the task themselves, others may not have the time, inclination, or patience for the job. In the case of the latter, there are many flooring contractors available to help and Louisiana residents are wise to look at the rules regarding the licensing of contractors before hiring one.

Licensing in Louisiana

In the state of Louisiana, general contractors must be licensed. This license is required for big projects as well as smaller ones such as painting, roofing, general repairs, and flooring. Completing any work on any real estate property from remodelling to demolition requires a license.

Homeowners are urged to become familiar with the state's requirements and resources related to hiring a contractor to avoid possible legal complications if problems should arise. The Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors outlines the requirements for contractors and assists homeowners in finding licenced contractors.

Legal Issues and Complaints

Louisiana offers useful tips to consumers thinking of hiring a contractor and the main points include:

  • Consumers should only hire licenced contractors
  • For home improvement projects-any job over $7,500 requires a license
  • Consumers should verify contractor's credentials by searching the details on the state website or calling 1-800-256-1392
  • Consumers should get at least three bids for each project
  • It is not advised to pay more than 10% or $1000 down depending on the project size and staged payments should only be made on completion of the relevant project stage

Additional tips and guideline can be found at the Louisiana Public Education office. Consumers who have contractor complaints can contact the Louisiana State board.

Common Flooring Installation Issues

The type of problem encountered depends on the type of flooring used. For example, there can be peaking problems associated with laminate flooring which occurs when laminate boards push up against each other and creates a high point in the joints.

Preventative Measures

In the case of both bamboo and laminate flooring, to ensure a perfect finish, it is advisable to expose the pieces to the Louisiana conditions for several days before installation can take place.

The best tip is to hire a contractor who is licensed and therefore familiar with the various types of flooring material and the problems that can occur at installation.

Unusual Flooring in Louisiana

Elmwood Reclaimed Timber is a Louisiana-based company that prides itself on making flooring which tells a story that is part of the state's history. All the wood is reclaimed from old buildings, barns, and rural structures; many of which date back to the 1800s.

Among the type of materials used, Cypress wood from Northern Louisiana is custom milled to a customer's specific design and needs and each piece of reclaimed wood is hand crafted one plank at a time.


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