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Minnesota Flooring Contractors

Installing a new floor can immensely improve the look of a room but it is a delicate operation and a single mistake could cost the homeowner hundreds of dollars to repair. Rather than take this chance, consumers would be better served hiring a professional flooring contractor in Minnesota who can do a perfect installation job as well as clean up the debris created during the procedure.

Minnesota Licensing

In order to be licensed, flooring contractors must meet certain standards of education and conduct which are determined by the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry(DLI). The vast majority of Minnesota flooring contractors are reputable and skilled but the state is quick to warn against unethical or dishonest contractors wanting to take advantage of consumers who have emergency needs. It is possible to view the status of a contractor's license by visiting the DLI website and utilizing its Licensing/Certificate search.

Complaints and Legal Issues

Customers who have suffered financial loss due to the dishonest practices of a flooring contractor can seek compensation from the Contractor Recovery Fund. All licensed contractors are required to pay a fee to the fund. The maximum amount that can be paid in damages due to the negligence of a single contractor is $75,000. However, consumers who have hired an unlicensed contractor will be unable to use this resource.

Preventative Measures

The winters in Minnesota can be brutal and long and it is therefore important to keep the home warm. Temperatures between 60F and 85F are ideal for the preservation of hardwood floors as they neither expand nor contract in this temperature range. Felt pads should be placed under furniture legs to avoid scratches.

Consumer Protection

Consumers should get the licensing number of the contractor before hiring and phone the DLI at 1800-342-5354 to find out if the contractor is licensed or if there are previous complaints filed against them. Any consumer who has issues with a contractor is urged to phone either the above number or else get in contact with the DLI's Industry Residential Building Contractor's Unit at (651) 284-5069.

Consumers can explain problems and disputes to an investigator who may offer suggestions about how to resolve the problem. When it's not possible to resolve differences with a contractor in this manner, a written request for a formal investigation may be made.

Unique Floors In Minnesota

Target Field's Town Ball Tavern is home to one of the most unusual floors in the state. The floor was taken from the Minneapolis Armory where the Minneapolis Lakers once played. The Armory itself is considered to be one of the most important historical buildings in Minnesota and it hosted various concerts and sporting events besides being the home of the Lakers between 1947-1960. The floor was successfully pulled up by prison inmates with the wood frozen to keep the tar solid. It was then expertly re-laid so that a little piece of the historic Armory building remains in the heart of Target Field.


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