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Michigan Flooring Contractors

Michigan residents can purchase several types of flooring that are designed to be installed without professional assistance. There are some flooring products however that must be handled a certain way in order to ensure proper installation and validate warranty eligibility. The right contractor will help the consumer save time and money while providing estimates on product quantities, preparation, clean-up, and the prevention of most flooring problems.

Licensing in Michigan

Any residential or commercial contractor in the state of Michigan must be licensed and registered. Each trade requires a separate exam that is taken and passed by the contractor before they can receive a license. The exams range in length, but generally take an hour to complete. In addition, an exam that covers basic business and legal issues is necessary for obtaining both a Residential Builder's license and a Maintenance and Alteration Contractor license.

Michigan residents and homeowners are encouraged to verify that the installer they are considering is licensed by visiting Michigan's Department of Labor & Economic Growth License/Registration Lookup web page.

Legal Issues and Complaints

Many legal issues with contractors in Michigan can be avoided. It is highly recommended to get at least three written bids from separate businesses or independent installers. By carefully checking the items on each bid, a consumer will understand more about the materials and labor required for the job.

Signing a contract should only be done after all applicable fields are filled in to the homeowner's satisfaction. Blank spaces could lead to miscommunication or a dispute about unexpected charges. Also, some contractors might include a clause that indicates the allowance of additional items at their discretion. Therefore, every consumer is advised to thoroughly read each line and address any concerns they have. If a contract has been signed, the possibility of updating information, quantities, or costs is more complicated.

Filed complaints against a particular contractor can be found at the website of the Office of the Michigan Attorney General.

Common Flooring Installation Issues

Michigan is known for its temperate climate and defined seasons. During the weather and humidity changes, certain kinds of flooring can expand or contract. To limit the movement of hardwood and laminate flooring, contractors will prepare the subfloor and leave the correct amount of spacing between the floor and the baseboards.

With carpeting, it's important that carpets are adequately stretched to reduce any creases or bumps. When a seam is placed on carpet or vinyl, the homeowner can inspect it after the installation. Although some seams may be more noticeable than others, none of them should interfere with walking over that area of the floor.

Preventative Measures

Michigan residents can be proactive in fraud protection by asking a contractor for references. Speaking with previous customers is an excellent way to learn more about that contractor's skills and work ethic. One of the biggest complaints that people have with installers is the lack of follow-up or an unwillingness to return to the jobsite and discuss problems or concerns. This might be prevented by requesting all contact information, such as the contractor's mailing address and phone numbers.

If a Michigan resident has any questions about the state protection laws, or if they would like to file a complaint, the following address and phone number can be used:

Michigan Department of Attorney General
Consumer Protection Division
P.O. Box 30213-7713
Lansing, MI 48909


1-877-765-8388


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