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Oklahoma Flooring Contractors

Renovating flooring can transform the look of a home and create a stunning and inviting space, if it is done properly. To ensure the end result is one that makes a statement and is expertly finished, consumers will need to be very careful when choosing a building contractor.

Licensing in Oklahoma

According to the Oklahoma Government website, building contractors are not required to have a state licence. So when choosing flooring contractors, homeowners will have to complete a bit more research to ensure that the company or person hired is reputable and that they can do what they are contracted to do.

While resident Oklahoma contractors do not require a license, all non-resident contractors must post a bond based on the value of in-state contracts. In addition to this, the contractor must obtain an employer ID number from the Oklahoma Tax Commission.

Legal Issues and Complaints

Usually when a state has a licensing requirement, contractors are required to meet certain conditions and there is usually a formal complaints service and an outlined procedure. As there are no licensing requirements in Oklahoma, companies may not adhere to any particular state regulations. If there is a dispute, consumers would need to seek alternative methods for a resolution.

One option that consumers have is to put the concerns in writing to the contractor and request a timely response. It might be wise to seek the advice of a lawyer in case such services are needed to take the matter further. The Oklahoma Consumer Protection website also has information on how to deal with consumer complaints.

Consumer Protection

Before hiring a flooring contractor in Oklahoma, consumers might want to consider the following points:

  • Obtain recommendations from friends, family and acquaintances
  • Once a list of possible companies is available, consumers should obtain written quotes from at least three contractors
  • Before obtaining the quote, the contractor should visit the site of the project in order to produce a realistic estimate
  • Accepting the lowest bid is not always wise; the final decision should be based on the quality of work, among other things
  • Consumers should check all references thoroughly before signing the contract

Common Flooring Installation Issues

Many installation problems occur due to lack of experience by the installer. Other causes are poor service and general lack of care for the job. Preparation for installation is the key to obtaining a perfect finish. As an example before laying carpets, the surface must be free of moisture to avoid musty smells on completion.

For wood flooring the surface must be even and clean and depending on the material, i.e. wood panels, should be left open to the atmosphere for a few days to allow for natural shrinking or expanding.

Preventative Measures

Consumers should hire a contractor who specializes in installing the type of material they want. It might be wise to get an idea of what the contractor will do to prepare the surface and consumers should find out if there is anything they need to do to be ready for the contractor.


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