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Nebraska Flooring Contractors

Only certain types of flooring can be installed without a contractor. Many products require specific tools and techniques to ensure the best results. Nebraska residents usually hire a qualified contractor to help estimate the amount of product needed, prepare or remove the existing floor, and clean up the work area once the installation has been finished.

Licensing in Nebraska

All contractors in the state of Nebraska must be registered on the database of the Department of Labor. If an installer is a nonresident, it is also mandatory for them to register and pay the appropriate fees. Consumers are strongly advised to only hire licensed contractors.

The registration status of an installer or company can be verified through the Department of Labor.

Legal Issues and Complaints

Based on the Department of Justice's guidelines, residents should use a local contractor with a good reputation. Home owners are advised to ask for references and speak with previous customers to find out more about an installer's work background. Licensing, insurance, and contact information are other items to request before making a decision.

As a precaution, there should be no blank spaces or sections on a legal contract. It is recommended consumers obtain at least three written bids and compare them for accuracy. Materials, labor, time frame, and payments must be listed clearly to avoid omissions and mistakes. Prices that seem unusually low are most likely wrong or an intentional attempt to leave out charges that could be added at a later date.

Complaints can be filed with the Attorney General Consumer Protection Division and checked by calling (800) 727-6432.

Common Issues and Preventative Measures

Scams are often accompanied by a number of warning signals. For example, residents should avoid offers from door to door contractors. Other potential signs of a fraud are installers that insist on upfront payments and/or will only accept cash. Generally, a flooring installation is not paid for in full until after it is completed and approved by the home owner. Future disputes could be prevented if the consumer has the chance to communicate any problems with the contractor while they are still at the location or as soon as possible.

Nebraska Climate and Flooring

With a continental climate, Nebraska has varying temperatures and humidity levels each year. During weather changes, expansion or contraction of some flooring may take place. This is especially applicable to hardwood floors. Proper installation methods normally reduce or limit movement.

Noticeable variations in appearance can be natural or a cause for concern, depending on the floor. Sunlight has the potential to increase fading and excessive moisture could alter the floor's appearance. Residents will be more informed about a flooring product by reading manufacturer's specifications or talking with the retail store where it was purchased and learning about its characteristics, as well as what to expect in different climates. A successful warranty claim will depend on the conditions and how the floor was installed, which makes the knowledge of both very important.


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