Flooring Contractors: A Comprehensive Guide On How to Choose the Best Option For You

Whether you’re looking to install new flooring in an office building, at home, or are just looking to get your current flooring spruced up, any flooring project is difficult and can be frustrating. Unless you work in the flooring industry or have preexisting knowledge of all its ins and outs, even knowing where to start is tough. You have to choose a type of flooring, know how to properly take care of it, know how much material to purchase, and find someone to install it.

However, what if we told you this didn’t have to be a complicated process? Hiring a flooring contractor takes all the guesswork and stress out of having your floor refurbished or installed. There are many services a flooring contractor can provide for you; all you need to do is choose one to fit your needs! And it’s okay if you don’t know how to do that- Eco Flooring is here to help.

This comprehensive guide will tell you all about what a flooring contractor is and what services flooring contractors provide. You’ll learn a little bit about what a flooring installation project looks like from start to finish, as well as the process of refurbishing an existing floor. We’ll also give you some factors to consider when selecting a flooring contractor, so you get the best contractor that suits your needs.

What is a flooring contractor?

Before we get into all the details and technical jargon regarding flooring projects, let’s take a look at what a flooring contractor is. You may even have a good idea of what a flooring contractor is- and that’s great! 

A flooring contractor is a company or group of individuals that are certified and have experience in the industry of flooring. Different flooring contractors provide different services based on what they specialize in, which we’ll expand on in the next section. Most flooring contractors can take the ideas you have for your residential/commercial projects and design a flooring concept, order materials, and install those materials according to the project plan you both agree on. Many offer refurbishing services as well, although some may just be focused on new installations.

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Services different flooring contractors provide

Now that you have a better idea of what a flooring contractor is, let’s take a look at the different services they provide! These services vary by organization terms, education, and experience.

The Flooring Installation Process From Start to Finish

Every flooring project is different, which means that each flooring installation process will look a little different from start to finish. However, here are some general steps you can expect to happen when your new floor is installed.

Step One

Creating a Design and Contract With Flooring Specialists

The first step contributing to the success of any flooring project is starting with an idea. Typically, you should expect to meet with your flooring contractor (probably more than once) to discuss the type of flooring you’re installing, pricing, furniture removal (if applicable), the actual installation process, and many more things. 

It’s at this point in the process that the flooring contractor will create a physical floor plan and contract to finalize details and get them in writing so there is no confusion or miscommunication anywhere along the way.

Step Two

Removal of Furniture

If you’re building a brand new home and are having flooring directly installed from the get-go, this step doesn’t apply to you and you can skip down to step four.

However, if you’re having your existing floors demolished, removed, and having new flooring installed, this step is for you. Before the new installation can take place, either the homeowners or the flooring contractor are going to remove the existing furniture and appliances away from the area that’s being worked on. While they install flooring, the old furniture will be stored away in another room until it can be safely moved back.

Step Three

Demolition and Removal of Old Flooring

Now comes the fun part. Let the demolition begin! At this point in the installation process, your flooring contractors are going to demolish your existing floors and remove the floor covering debris, disposing of it according to code. After the old flooring is gone and debris is removed, the contractors will clean the area to ensure they didn’t miss any flooring.

Step Four

Preparing the Surface For New Flooring Additions

After all the old flooring is removed, it’s time to prepare the surface for the new flooring. This usually involves sweeping and cleaning the old floor. This ensures there’s no dust, dirt, debris, or adhesive left behind from the old flooring and that the surface is as clean as possible in preparation for the new floor.

Step Five

Installation of the New Flooring

Now your flooring contractors can install the new flooring! How long this part of the process takes depends on how large the area is that the flooring is installed on. With numerous people working in a coordinated fashion, it can be a quick and seamless process. 

The flooring is placed onto a surface with adhesive on it and sealed with grout (if using a tile or stone type of flooring). There may be curing times or a set amount of time the new flooring needs to lie untouched so the adhesive can fully try and settle into place. Most flooring contractors recommend that the new flooring is left untouched for 24-48 hours before the furniture is moved back and you can use it.

Step Six

Post-Installation Cleanup and Care Instructions Provided

After the flooring is cured and ready to go, it’s time to make any final touch-ups and clean the new surface. Although it is new flooring, installation can get dusty and dirty which is why it’s always a good idea to clean new flooring once it’s cured. Once the final cleaning is completed, the furniture and appliances can be moved back to their original positions.

Your flooring contractors may give you specific care instructions for the floor, like how to clean it and take care of it to extend its lifespan as much as possible.

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How floors are restored

How floors are restored largely depends on the type of flooring you have, as each type requires different materials and processes to restore them. The following steps are more general, giving you an idea of what you can expect during your flooring restoration project.

Step One

Creating a Contract With Flooring Experts

As with flooring installation, the first thing that you need to do with your flooring contractors is create a plan that details the restoration process. First, the flooring contractor will come out to your home and complete a walkthrough of the space, writing down details such as the size of the restoration, detailing the space’s damage, and making calculations as to how much material they’ll need to complete the job.

After they figure out the specifics, they’ll create a contract that’ll tell both of you numerous things, including:

  • Size and time of the job
  • Materials used in the job
  • Specific processes they’re going to do
  • Pricing
  • Many more things

Step Two

Removing Any Furniture

After the contract is signed and you receive a copy of it, it’s time to remove the furniture and appliances that sit on the floor that’s going to be restored. This gives the flooring contractors ample opportunity to restore all portions of the floor, including spaces that may be hidden from the human eye.

Step Three

Restoration Begins

Once the playing field is open, it’s time to begin the restoration. This is where the flooring contractors work their magic, performing all the steps they need to ensure your floor is looking like it just got installed for the first time. They’ll repair broken flooring, clean up stained grout, and many more things. Once complete with all the different restoration tasks, they’ll do a final walkthrough to clean the surface.

Depending on how much flooring was replaced, there may be a time period of 24-48 hours that the flooring needs to be left untouched so the new material can fully dry and cure.

Step Four

Furniture is Moved Back, Care Instructions Provided

After the final cleaning is complete and flooring is cured, your furniture and appliances are moved back to their original positions. You’ll get care instructions on how to properly look after and clean your new flooring as well as any other last-minute information.

What to consider when choosing a flooring contractor

Now that you know a little bit more about the flooring process and the different services flooring experts offer, let’s take a look at what you need to consider when choosing a flooring contractor for your project. Different contractors are better suited for different jobs, and that’s completely okay! It’s better to do more work now and find one that’s perfect for you than figure out later on that they can’t best serve your needs.

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Concluding thoughts

Finding the perfect flooring contractor to fit your next flooring project doesn’t have to be a hassle. After reading this article, we hope you were able to find some useful information that helps you embark on your flooring journey! If you’re still looking for a flooring contractor to help you achieve the floor of your dreams, Eco Flooring USA would love to help you out. 

The team at Eco Flooring has done more than 1,000 projects installing and refurbishing floors with the highest-quality eco-friendly materials. Not only are we a team of passionate experts, but we’re local too! Born and raised in Duluth, Georgia, Eco Flooring USA serves local areas all around Duluth. Our flooring installation and restoration services are better for you, your pets, and the environment. We’d love to welcome you to the team so we can give you an excellent flooring experience. Contact us here so we can get to know you and help you out.