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Ohio Flooring Contractors

Selecting a flooring contractor is an important decision. For some products, it is possible to install them without hiring a professional, but for certain floors, a contractor is required. By using a qualified flooring installer, it should be easier for Ohio residents to know the exact quantity of materials they need to purchase. Contractors also provide the necessary floor preparations, installation methods, and clean-up.

Licensing in Ohio

A license is not required to install flooring in the state of Ohio. Therefore, homeowners need to research the contractors thoroughly before hiring them. Depending on the location, a flooring installer might be required to register locally, so residents are encouraged to check with their city or county for more information.

All contractors should provide at least three references in order to substantiate their work. It also advised to request information about how many years a contractor has been in business, as well as verifying their mailing address and telephone number. Ohio residents are urged to check for complaints filed against a particular contractor at the Ohio Attorney General's office of Consumer Complaints.

Legal Issues and Complaints

When hiring a contractor in Ohio, contracts must be read carefully to ensure that all items are included. Any blank spaces or unclear sections of the contract need to be addressed before it is signed or the contractor starts to work on the flooring. It is a good idea to acquire three separate bids from different installers and compare them for accuracy.

Unusually low estimates could represent intentional or unintentional omission of labor and/or materials. These types of mistakes often result in litigation or additional costs to the consumer. Once the contract is signed, altering the terms or conditions can be difficult, especially if the contractor has attempted to deceive a client. Looking at other bids allows residents to be more informed about the installation costs and the products needed.

Ohio consumers can file a complaint through the Attorney General's office.

Common Flooring Installation Issues

Ohio's climate is generally considered to be temperate. However, seasonal changes do result in the occasional contracting and expansion of hardwood and laminate floors. Proper installation procedures will help to reduce the negative effects of humidity and weather to flooring, such as warping, buckling, and tile cracking. Seams on carpet or vinyl should be examined while the contractor is still at the location whenever possible for functional or visible concerns.

Preventative Measures

Ohio residents can use the following information to contact the Attorney General and find out about the specific laws in their area:

Ohio Attorney General's Office
30 E. Broad St.
17th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215

(800) 282-0515


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