Top Five Things to Look for When Hiring a Hardwood Flooring Contractor

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Installing a hardwood floor is really simple if you possess the skill and knowledge to do it. However, following a DIY manual and relying on a salesperson at a furniture store, may not be the best way to go about it. You could end up with abnormal gaps between the panels or poorly prepare the subfloor leading to an expensive mess.

On the other hand, hardwood floor contractors not only install your hardwood floors and stairs but also provide professional services like refinishing your hardwood floors. Installing hardwood floors is an art that requires a decision on the type of installation to pick depending on the nature of the sub-floor. A hardwood flooring contractor can also enhance the hardwood floor design by adding borders, laser-cut medallions and even turn your floor into a three-dimensional work of art.

Unfortunately, the challenge that most people face is picking the right flooring contractor from the available options. To help narrow down your search, here’s a list of the top five things you need to look for in a hardwood flooring contractor.

1. Experience.

It should be a pre-requisite that you check the credentials and performance of your hardwood floor installer. If the installer has fixed the floors at a nearby location, it would be a great idea to take a first-hand look at the work. The number of years the contractor has been in the business also matters along with the employees because qualifications do not compare to the skill gained with years of experience. An experienced contractor will be able to foresee difficulties and solve them before they aggravate.

2. Quality of Materials.

When preparing the budget for your flooring, quality should be given the highest priority. Very often we purchase sub-par products because they happen to be cheaper. What we don’t realize is that when it isn’t a good product, it won’t last very long and you will have to replace it sooner than expected, which will cost you more in the long run than a good quality product. Ensure that the contractor you’re considering always uses quality materials.

3. Punctuality.

A punctual contractor saves a lot of time from being wasted. Punctuality is also a sign that the contractor values you and your time. Timeliness also speaks to the efficiency and the professionalism of the contractor and how serious they think your job is. So when you pick a contractor, choose someone who is prompt and punctual, it will save you a lot of frustration that results from delays in projects.

4. Responsiveness.

When disaster strikes, it gives no warning. An excellent contractor will respond at a moment’s notice. Flooding can cause a lot of destruction, and can even completely decimate a hardwood floor. A quality contractor should be able to respond immediately and tend to any emergency without hesitation and loss of time. They should also be reachable by phone or email.

5. References.

The easiest way to decide on a contractor is to speak to his clients. Clients do not lie. An unsatisfied client will never hesitate to speak his mind. Great testimonials are a mark of prestige and are one of the most reliable sources of information about the work, the work ethic and the competency of a contractor.

If you are looking out for a hardwood flooring contractor in Royal Oak, MI, reach out to Al Havner & Sons Hardwood Flooring. We are a family-run business that checks all the right boxes when it comes to installing hardwood flooring and staircases as well as providing other services related to hardwood flooring. We have in business for more than twenty years and excel at everything hardwood, including custom jobs. To learn more about the services we offer, please click here. To get in touch with us, please click here.