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West Virginia Flooring Contractors

The residents of West Virginia have several options for installing flooring. Many products can be installed without hiring a contractor while others require specialized tools and techniques. A professional installer will assist with estimating how much of the flooring to purchase, the preparation and/or removal of an existing floor, and cleaning up the area after the installation is complete.

Licensing in West Virginia

For the state of West Virginia, it is mandatory for contractors to be licensed. When an installer already has a license from another state, it might be accepted in place of the exam required by the West Virginia Contractor Licensing Board, although it depends on the qualifications that were necessary to obtain it, and the West Virginia fees would still apply. Out-of-state contractors have to acquire a Certificate of Authority from the Secretary of State to legally install flooring.

Questions about licensing can be asked by calling the number, (304) 558-7890. Homeowners are encouraged to verify the registration of a particular contractor through the West Virginia Contractor Licensing Board search form.

Legal Issues and Complaints

Numerous potential problems could take place between residents and installers, which is why the state of West Virginia has developed a Consumer Protection Division that is regulated by the Attorney General's Office. People who would like to file a complaint are directed to an online form, and the division also features a toll-free Consumer Hotline at 800-368-8808.

Each complaint is assigned a mediator who contacts the business and attempts to get a written response to the claims before considering legal action or launching an official investigation.

Preventative Measures

In an effort to prevent complaints, scams, and unfair business practices, the website of the Consumer Protection Division has posted a listing of tips to follow when selecting a contractor for home improvement. Based on the suggestions, unregistered or unlicensed contractors should be avoided, as well as door-to-door work crews offering a discount for finding them other customers, or a price quote that sounds unrealistic. Generally, it is recommended that consumers ask for proof of registration, contact information (mailing address, phone number), and at least three references.

An installer must provide a written contract according to West Virginia Law. Reading every page of the contract is an excellent way to ensure that all of the materials and labor charges are included, and the Attorney General advises all residents to fully understand the document they are signing. Contractors usually request a deposit, but not a large amount, and the final payment is made once the work has been finished and approved by the consumer. Several common mistakes or omissions can be caught by obtaining a few different estimates and comparing them for accuracy.

West Virginia Climate and Flooring

Humid, subtropical climates are normal for West Virginia, and the weather changes have an effect on some floors. Varying temperatures and humidity typically cause hardwood flooring to expand or contract, making a correct installation even more important. Knowing what to expect from a certain floor will help homeowners to anticipate variations and enjoy their flooring in the future.


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