Michigan residents can purchase several types of flooring that are designed to be installed without professional assistance. There are some flooring products however that must be handled a certain way in order to ensure proper installation and validate warranty eligibility. The right contractor will help the consumer save time and money while providing estimates on product quantities, preparation, clean-up, and the prevention of most flooring problems.
There are many Michigan flooring contractors available for work by both commercial and residential customers. If you need to find a flooring contractor in Michigan use this map to get their address, phone number, and driving directions. Call to find out what their operating hours are and whether or not they deal with hardwood, vinyl, laminate, carpet, tile, concrete, or epoxy. These contractors may provide a variety of flooring services such as installation, refinishing, sanding, cleaning, and repairing.
You can also use the more specific map below to find a Detroit flooring contractor.
Any residential or commercial contractor in the state of Michigan must be licensed and registered with the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs. Each trade requires a separate exam that is taken and passed by the contractor before they can receive a license. The exams range in length, but generally take an hour to complete. In addition, an exam that covers basic business and legal issues is necessary for obtaining both a Residential Builder's license and a Maintenance and Alteration Contractor license.
Michigan residents and homeowners are encouraged to verify that the installer they are considering is licensed by visiting the Michigan Verify A License web page.
Many legal issues with contractors in Michigan can be avoided. It is highly recommended to get at least three written bids from separate businesses or independent installers. By carefully checking the items on each bid, a consumer will understand more about the materials and labor required for the job. Be sure to fully read the Advice for Homeowners consumer alert issued by the Michigan Attorney General.
Signing a contract should only be done after all applicable fields are filled in to the homeowner's satisfaction. Blank spaces could lead to miscommunication or a dispute about unexpected charges. Also, some contractors might include a clause that indicates the allowance of additional items at their discretion. Therefore, every consumer is advised to thoroughly read each line and address any concerns they have. If a contract has been signed, the possibility of updating information, quantities, or costs is more complicated.
Filed complaints against a particular contractor can be found by looking at this dataset provided by the Office of the Michigan Attorney General.
Michigan is known for its temperate climate and defined seasons. During the weather and humidity changes, certain kinds of flooring can expand or contract. To limit the movement of hardwood and laminate flooring, contractors will prepare the subfloor and leave the correct amount of spacing between the floor and the baseboards.
With carpeting, it's important that carpets are adequately stretched to reduce any creases or bumps. When a seam is placed on carpet or vinyl, the homeowner can inspect it after the installation. Although some seams may be more noticeable than others, none of them should interfere with walking over that area of the floor.
Michigan residents can be proactive in fraud protection by asking a contractor for references. Speaking with previous customers is an excellent way to learn more about that contractor's skills and work ethic. One of the biggest complaints that people have with installers is the lack of follow-up or an unwillingness to return to the jobsite and discuss problems or concerns. This might be prevented by requesting all contact information, such as the contractor's mailing address and phone numbers.
If a Michigan resident has any questions about the state protection laws, or if they would like to file a complaint, the following address and phone number can be used:
Michigan Department of Attorney General
Consumer Protection Division
P.O. Box 30213-7713
Lansing, MI 48909
You can also file a new complaint online at this section of the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs website.