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Maine Flooring Contractors

Depending on the type of product, it is possible for Maine consumers to install flooring on their own. However, there are many floors that require specialized tools and training. For these, a contractor is hired in order to estimate how much product is needed, prepare or remove an existing floor, and complete the installation properly.

Licensing in Maine

In the state of Maine, it is not necessary for a flooring installer to be registered or licensed. Therefore, residents must exercise caution when hiring a contractor. Because there are certain local areas that may have different regulations, checking for any additional laws is advised.

Legal Issues and Complaints

According to the Attorney General's Consumer Mediation Program, home contractors are among the top three most complained about businesses each year in Maine. Consumers should ask for multiple references and verify the contact information, proof of insurance, and workers' compensation of an installer before hiring them. Real estate brokers and local building supply companies could also have referrals of the contractors that are reliable.

Maine law indicates that no more than one third of the total price can be paid upfront on any contract over $3,000. Whenever an installer requests money upfront, homeowners need to collect receipts and ensure that the money is being used to purchase materials. Plus, every contract over $3,000 should include a lien waiver from subcontractors and the entire content of the Maine Attorney General Home Construction Warning.

Several contractors have been successfully sued by the state of Maine for poor work or failure to complete jobs. Unfortunately, in many cases, the builders are bankrupt, judgment proof, or from another state, which interferes with collection efforts. Often, the best way to prevent a legal dispute is to review a contract carefully and acquire a few separate written bids. If one of them has any blank pages or a substantially lower price, it could mean a mistake has been made. By comparing the bids, a lot of omissions will be obvious.

You can see if a flooring installer has had a complaint filed against them by calling the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division at 1-800-436-2131.

Common Flooring Issues

Maine is known for its continental climate; warm summers and cold winters. During changes in temperature and humidity levels, a number of floors could expand and contract. Hardwood flooring in particular might experience this kind of movement, although it can be minimized with correct installation procedures.

Unique Flooring in Maine

The limestone tiles located in the Maine State Capitol feature the fossilized remains of various marine invertebrates, and were installed from 1889 to 1890. Limestone containing fossils was again used between 1909 and 1911 in extensive renovations to the building. Where the fossils were actually taken from is unclear. Some experts think they are from the quarries at Isle La Motte, Vermont, a place that has provided dimension limestone for over 200 years. Either way, the people of Maine and tourists can still enjoy the historic preservation of them by visiting the State Capitol.


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