How to Find the Best Contractor for Hardwood Floor Installation and Refinishing

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With the current developments in modern manufacturing technology, it is not always easy to establish what constitutes an actual hardwood floor. For instance, engineered hardwood flooring, differs from actual hardwood in numerous ways, but it can replicate the look and feel of hardwood at a much lower cost.

Hardwood is an enduring flooring alternative because you can refinish it numerous times. Furniture scratches, foot traffic patterns and typical wear and tear will ruin its surface over time, but refinishing hardwood flooring revitalize its dated appearance. Installing hardwood flooring is generally more expensive compared to other flooring types, but hardwood heightens value and produces a classic look that never goes out of style. Here are some of the most important things to remember when you are looking for a contractor to install or refinish your home’s hardwood floor.

Referrals

The easiest and most reliable method to look for a good hardwood floor repair contractor is to ask around. Your friends, family, neighbors, and other trade contractors that you have previously worked with are a great place to begin. Some of the best contractors remain sufficiently busy that the only way they will consider accepting more work is through a referral. If nobody you know can provide a referral, try local searches on the internet or in directories. You will also be able to find a few in your local newspaper service advertisements. Keep in mind, however, that the best contractors generally have a big work load so they don’t need to do a lot of advertising.

Cost

The written quotes you receive from wood floor refinishing contractors are actually a legal and binding document. You need to sign this document before they can begin actual work. Before you do so, make sure that it includes the complete details of the installation or refinishing cost. It should provide details of the type of hardwood flooring, the preparation required, the details of what precisely they will be doing for you, and how much you will pay for their services.

Credentials

It is essential to make sure that the installer you choose is certified in order to be confident that they are following legal guidelines when working in your home. The work done by uncertified installers could potentially void your warranty and result in problems in the future. It is also vital to make sure your installer carries insurance and will assume liability in the case of any damages that might come about during the course of their work.

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