There are a lot of fly-by-night contractors. Do these three things for any contractor, and especially the fourth when looking for a flooring contractor, and you will eliminate most of the bad guys.
- Ask for their Certificate of Insurance (C of I). The C of I will have your name and contact information in the “Certificate Holder” section and will be sent directly from the insurance company, email or regular mail as you request. All I have ever had to do is send an email to my agent and the C of I is usually sent in a couple of hours. Blank information in the “Certificate Holder” section should sound warning signals.
- Look inside their truck or trailer. Is their truck or trailer organized and clean? Are the tools and equipment clean and in good condition? If a contractor does not care about his own stuff why would he care about your home?
- If your home was built prior to 1978 – Ask To See His RRP Certificate. Even if testing concludes there is no lead present in the work area, all contractor firms are required by law to be certified and to have 1 employee or owner that has passed the individual certification test requirements to work in homes built prior to 1978. All certified RRP personal are required to post their certificate before beginning any work. By the way, lead tests can only be conducted by certified RRP personal to be valid in a court of law.
- If you are having a wood floor installation or sand and finish work done, ask to see his moisture meter. Moisture related issues are the number one cause of floor failure problems. As part of our job estimate we will take moisture readings of your floor, subfloor and other areas to identify any potential problems that may exist before we accept a job. Using moisture meters is the only way to quantify a potential problem. We want to make sure your floors will last 100 plus years and the moisture meter is one of the most valuable tools in our tool box. We use three types of moisture meters, pin, pinless and In Sito probes, each with a specific purpose and function for measuring moisture in all situations involving wood floors.
If you are looking for professional service for your home or business, call Burkhart Wood Flooring LLC at (336) 448-4411