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Flooring Contractors in Pennsylvania

It's easy to underestimate the time, manpower, and cost a flooring project will take. Consumers may want to consider hiring a contractor with experience and expertise to make their home improvement projects go as smoothly as possible The State of Pennsylvania has laws in place to help consumers find honest contractors and protect them from fraudulent activities.

Licensing in Pennsylvania

The State of Pennsylvania does not require contractors to be licensed, but they must register with the state and display their registration number on all advertising and contracts. As of July 1, 2009 any contractor who works on existing residential properties on a job worth more than $500 must comply with the Home Improvement Consumer Protection Act (HICPA).

In order to obtain a contractors must provide their complete background information, including: criminal offence record, prior bankruptcies, civil judgments related to home improvement, and proof of liability insurance.

To determine if a contractor is registered, consumers can call the Office of Attorney General, Home Improvement Consumer Information Helpline at 1-888-520-6680 Legal Issues and Complaints Under the HICPA guidelines, all contractors must present a contract containing the exact details of the work to be done, duration of the project, and total cost to the consumer before the work begins. Both parties must sign the contract to finalize the agreement.

If a contractor uses a non-HICPA compliant contract, it is seen as an "unfair or deceptive act or practice" under Pennsylvania's Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law and entitles consumers to triple damages from the contractor.

Consumers can file complaints involving home improvement fraud at the Home Improvement Consumer Information division of the Office of the Attorney General.

Consumer Protection

HICPA is designed to protect consumers from deceptive business practices and ensure that private homeowners get a fair deal from contractors. But before signing any contract, the AG's office suggests checking with local accredited agencies, such as the Better Business Bureau, the Chamber of Commerce, and the Bureau of Consumer Protection for any reports filed against the contractor.

Consumers should also look out for suspicious sales attempts and should avoid contractors who apply pressure to signa contract quickly, who offer special discounts or bargains, or who are unknown in the area.

Specialty Products Available in Pennsylvania

Forests cover a vast amount of land in Pennsylvania and contribute significantly to the state's economy. Pennsylvania's forests contain approximately 86 billion board feet of lumber - producing $5.5 billion forest products. The lumber industry supports nearly 10,000 jobs in the state.

With over 100 tree species, the forests provides raw materials for furniture, hardwood flooring, cabinets, paper, and more. Pennsylvania hardwoods such as black cherry, red oak, and sugar maple are in demand worldwide.


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