By Gene And Katie Hamilton
You'll find a flooring installer in several ways. Most flooring retailers, lumber yards or home centers selling flooring materials offer an installation service. Go online and type "flooring installing (in your area)" in a search engine and you'll be directed to an online contractor referral service. You'll find some installers advertise in local newspapers or try the old fashioned way, the Yellow Pages, which lists them under "Floor Materials". You'll pay $20 to $30, the national average hourly rate for a flooring installer.
When you connect with an installer you can ask to see an example of his/her work. To inspect an installation, look for any seams where the material is sealed together. The seam should be difficult to find and inconspicuous. Look at openings into the room at doorways where the flooring should be tight beneath the threshold. Look in the corners, around windows and corners to see that it's tight-fitting. Stand back for an overview to see that the pattern is balanced and looks symmetrical.
The items listed below should be specified in a contract between a homeowner and a flooring contractor. If there is a pattern or special installation design required, a sketch of the pattern should be attached to the contract.
Compare the cost of doing it yourself with hiring a contractor:
Cost to Install Vinyl Tiles in a 12x15 foot room
Cost to Install Carpet Tiles in a 12x15 foot room
Cost to Install Parquet Tiles in a 10x12 foot room
Cost to Install Ceramic Tiles in a 8x10 foot room
Cost to Install Cork Tiles in a 10x12 foot room
Cost to install Linoleum Tiles in a 12x15 foot room
Cost to Install Quarry Tiles in a 10x15 foot room
Cost to Install Marble Tiles in a 10x10 foot room
Cost to Install Garage Floor Tiles in a 18x22 foot garage