By Gene and Katie Hamilton
One of the best resources for finding an installer of vinyl flooring is a flooring retailer where you buy the material. You'll find these specialty retailers listed in the Yellow Pages under "Floor Laying" and "Floor Materials". Online use the Internet to find an installer by typing "floor installer in (your city)" or "contractor referral service" in the search box of Bing, Google or Yahoo.
Many of the large home centers and lumber yards offer an "Installed Price" for the flooring materials, appliances and fixtures that they sell. The turnkey service is popular for consumers who don't have the time or can't find references. The service is added revenue for a retailer who can control the delivery and installation of products sold to their consumers.
To inspect an installation of vinyl sheet flooring look for any seams where the material is sealed together. The seam should be difficult to find and not conspicuous. 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 look symmetrical.
These items should be specified in a contract between a homeowner and flooring contractor to install vinyl sheet flooring:
- Flooring materials (including style, pattern number)
- Underlayment material
- Installation method
- Demolition work (if necessary)
- Preparation work required
- Clean up of the site
- Start and completion dates
- Cost and payment schedule
- If there is a pattern or special installation design required, a sketch of the pattern should be attached to the contract.