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Washington State Flooring Contractors

Some flooring products are intended to be installed by the consumer and they do not require any specialized equipment or training. However, there are certain kinds of floors that Washington residents will most likely want a professional contractor to install for a variety of reasons. With a qualified installer, a home owner can save time and know how much product is needed, as well as leaving the preparation, installation, and clean-up of their floor to a professional.

Licensing in Washington

All flooring contractors must be licensed in the state of Washington. They can register as a general or specialty contractor. Each registration is valid for two years and there is an application fee.

Residents can see if a contractor is licensed through the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries.

Legal Issues and Complaints

If a consumer encounters fraud or an unfair business practice, complaints should be filed with the Washington State Office of the Attorney General. Many useful resources are available, including past complaints and the antitrust laws. Plus, brochures about customer disputes will explain the various options in detail.

Unique Flooring Manufacturers in Washington

Bainbridge Island, Washington is the location of Teragren, one of the largest manufacturers of bamboo flooring in the United States and North America. Well known for their style and durability, bamboo floors have become very popular. Teragren also produces trim, panels, veneer, stair parts, and counter tops.

In addition to Teragren, there are two more flooring companies in Washington, and they specifically focus on floor care products. Glitsa American, located in Seattle, produces finishes that offer protection to hardwood floors, while enhancing their natural appearance in the process. And Wood Wise, in Redmond, WA, manufacturers wood fillers, tools, accessories, and maintenance products for the hardwood flooring industry.

Preventative Measures

Washington consumers are advised to always verify the licensing status of a contractor, and ask for valid contact information, such as their mailing address and phone number. Speaking with three or more references will provide a good indication of the installer's work and reputation. Looking at previous floors they have installed is another possibility.

Contracts need to be filled out completely with no blank spaces. It is recommended for a home owner to attain three separate written bids and compare them for accuracy. Occasionally, a contractor might forget an item or intentionally omit it so they can charge extra fees later. No agreement should be signed unless the consumer understands everything listed and the prices.

The payments are usually divided and feature a deposit, but larger sums are not paid upfront. Final payment is made when the floor installation has been finished and the customer has approved of the work. Any concerns should be discussed before the last payment in order to avoid future problems.

Even though Washington has a mild climate, seasonal changes could result in the expansion or contraction of certain floors. Understanding the specifications for a new floor is the best way to anticipate the effect of the humidity and temperatures. Often, the retail store where the floor was purchased, or the installer, can inform the customer of individual characteristics their flooring might have.


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