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Wisconsin Flooring Contractors

The decision to install a new floor is a noble and great challenge and demands more skill and experience than the general public may realize. Changing a floor involves an enormous amount of work and includes digging up the existing floor before laying the new one perfectly. It also involves a laborious clean up operation afterwards. With this in mind, most consumers in Wisconsin would be wise to hire a professional flooring contractor who can do the job properly.

Wisconsin Licensing

In Wisconsin, flooring contractors are accredited under the state's Building Contractor Program, and most residential builders must have state credentials. In order to perform alterations to a person's house, the builder needs to have passed a training course. The Wisconsin Department of Commerce posts the names of authorized companies. The state of Wisconsin recommends consumers ask potential contractors for the names of recent customers. Contact these individuals to see if they were satisfied with the service they received. The state of Wisconsin also suggests calling Consumer Protection at 1-800-422-7128 or the Better Business Bureau at 800-273-1002 to find out if any complaints have been filed against the contractor.

Complaints and Legal Issues

Find out if the contractor is registered with the Division of Safety and Building by phoning 608-266-3151. Contractors should be prepared to show a registration card upon request. Work should not commence without a legally binding, easy to understand contract. Without this contract, the contractor cannot ask for money up front.

Common Floor Installation Issues

Moisture is always an issue when it comes to floors, especially wooden ones and the cold winters of Wisconsin can cause problems. A good local contractor will be familiar with the intricacies of Wisconsin's weather. Floors sometimes crack or warp and while the material used may be causing the problem, there is always the possibility that poor installation is at fault. Consumers are urged to beware of unethical floor installers with knockdown prices. Other unprofessional tactics include a sudden increase in the price of a job halfway through construction, or a demand for more money before the project is finished. Such problems can be avoided by following the steps below.

Consumer Protection

Wisconsin law allows customers three business days to cancel a contract worth more than $25 as long as the customer was initially approached by the contractor and the contract was signed away from the contractor's office. This rule does not apply if the consumer makes the initial move of entering the contractor's office asking for assistance. When a contract is signed, the contractor must supply the consumer with two copies containing notice of their right to cancel.

If a customer has paid for but has not received the service, he or she can provide the contractor with a written notice canceling the contract. Once the consumer has demanded that all money paid be returned, the contractor has 15 days to comply. If a contractor has caused damage to the property, the consumer has the right to sue for twice the damages plus court costs and attorney's fees.

Unusual Floors in Wisconsin

The Pioneer Village at Reedsburg is home to a large number of restored log cabins. Kruse cabin is one of these and contains one of the most unusual floors in the state. It was originally built around 1850 and has been restored which enables visitors to view how Reedsburg's earliest settlers lived. It has a puncheon floor which means it is made from pieces of broad roughly dressed timber. The floor consists of stakes made from black locust wood that have been pounded into the ground.


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