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Oregon Flooring Contractors

If consumers are considering a flooring installation project in the state of Oregon there are a few things to be aware of. The main thing is that any Oregon contractor must hold a valid licence. Flooring installation and renovation are costly and if done poorly, the cost to put things right could be prohibitive. So to avoid headaches later, homeowners should make the right decision from the start by choosing a seasoned and licensed contractor.

Licensing in Oregon

The Oregon Construction Contractors Board has a host of information to help consumers determine which contractors are licensed and allows individuals to investigate the validity of the licenses as well. In addition to this, there are articles on subjects ranging from best practices for hiring a contractor to how to deal with problem contractors. Before any Oregon contractor is hired, it is advisable that consumers read the information on the Oregon construction contractor's board website.

Legal Issues and Complaints

If a problem arises with a contractor on a project, consumers are urged to stay calm. It is advisable to think things through and determine the next steps. For information on possible first steps, the Oregon Construction Contractors Board is a good place to start. The site recommends that consumers talk to the contractor to try to resolve the problem in the first instance before moving on to another step.

The Oregon board also has a CCB Contract Dispute Resolution Services. There are strict time limitations for complaints along with all the relevant complaint forms to help along the way.

As an added, albeit more costly step, the homeowner might want to contact a lawyer for independent advice.

Common Flooring Installation Issues

Common installation issues are dependent on the type of flooring material used. Some problems related to wood flooring are buckling, gaps or loose panels.

When carpets are installed the problems could range from moisture seeping through the material to unevenness.

For tiles the problems could range from uneven tiles, poorly adhered tiles, gaps and loose grouting.

Oregon's rainforest climate in the western part of the state and high desert climate in the east are considerations a good flooring contractor will take into account when developing a contract proposal.

Preventative Measures

To avoid the problems outlined above, it is important for the DIY consumer to know how to handle the material being installed. If it seems like too much to handle it might be wise for the consumer to hire a licensed and recommended contractor to get the job done.

Consumer Protection

When hiring a contractor, the Oregon board recommends the following steps to help protect consumers:

  • Be wary of accepting the lowest bid without question
  • Always get the contract in writing, this way there is a legal document to work with should things go wrong
  • Check all the licenses to ensure they are valid and up to date. This makes it easier to recover damages if there is ever a dispute
  • Check contractor references to ensure they did the work they claimed they did. It is also a good way to get information on the service provided, timescales or any other concerns the past consumer might have.


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