How To Choose A Sydney Timber Floor Installation Contractor
We at Australian Construction are experts in this field. Today, we will let you know how to choose a Sydney timber floor installation contractor. At the end of this tutorial, you will be able to make an informed decision about floor installation contractors.
DIY timber floor installation is not uncommon. Yes, you can do it yourself, but we have to tell you that you cannot afford to make any mistake here. You have to do your calculations right. If not, your floor will be uneven, there will be cracks, and your hardwood floor will not stick to the surface.
1. Estimation and Pricing
The first thing you have to look for is how the contractor does the estimate and pricing of the job. Specifically, the contractor must know how to measure the floor area that will be covered, and then translate that measurement into two things.
- Number of hardwood panels needed
- Cost of the job
Once the floor has been measured, the contractor must be able to present how many pieces of hardwood are needed. Hardwood flooring comes in many lengths and widths.
An error in the estimation can lead to some problems. Either you will go over budget by a high degree, or you cannot find the same hardwood flooring anymore.
The second important factor is cost. Expert floor installation contractors must know that the price of the service does not only cover the wood, but also other things like glue, labour, floor preparation, and many more.
If the price estimate is wrong, you will end up paying more. The end result of this is that you will feel cheated—as if the contractor just gave you a good price to get the contract, only to force you into paying more.
2. Insurance Policy and License
Contractors must have a license. The government of Australia says so, and a license is your guarantee that the contractors know what they are doing.
We at Australian Construction not only have a license for our company, but we also have a license for our engineers and workers. We take the time to put our employees in government-regulated training, and this is the most basic step we take to ensure compliance with building codes.
Without a license, a contractor is going to provide service based only on experience. Experience is great, but it does not really translate to high-quality standards.
As far as insurance goes, this can refer to a warranty or insurance of the employees of the contractor. You see, construction jobs involve a lot of chemicals and harmful substances. They are also dangerous because they involve heavy machinery.
As such, an accident may occur. And if this happens, the last thing you want is to have liability exposure. We at Australian construction will take care of this—we offer a warranty for the work we do, and we also have insurance policies for all of our employees.
3. Experience and Reputation
Earlier, we said that experience is great. A long track record of experience makes it so that the contractor has already seen everything there is. We at Australian Construction have been in the construction industry for 20 years.
Because of this, we know all the possible problems that can arise from installing hardwood floors. Here are some examples:
- Cupping and bending
- Crowning and buckling
- Gaps and squeakiness
Because of our wide range of experience, we know how to prevent these things from happening. We also understand that not all woods are the same and that woods react differently to moisture, humidity, and temperature.
As such, we will install the hardwood flooring with all these things in mind. On top of that, we will give you advice on the proper care of the wood. While this advice is not written on paper as a manual, we can give you guidance on what brands of floor-care chemicals you can use.
4. Hardwood Selection and Availability
There are many kinds of woods out there. It is difficult to choose. However, we are prepared to give you our recommendations. We have brochures that you can choose from, and we can also guide you on how difficult the maintenance is going to be.
The most common option is called engineered floors. They come in forms, length, sizes, and types of wood. And then you have the natural hardwood flooring. When making a choice you need to understand how difficult it is to maintain, and whether or not you will find a replacement for these floors.
As experts in timber flooring, we are also open to using vinyl, laminates, and many others. However, we prefer that we install hardwood as this is the most durable and beautiful.
Hardwood is the best because they can fight against moisture and heat. They are stable and they are not really likely to buckle or gap. They are also more attractive, and they will really last long. One caveat is that they need regular maintenance.
As you make your selection, we will also tell you if your choice is always available. Some wood products are just fancy. You can buy them now, but five years later, they will no longer be available. If this happens, you either have to replace the entire wood flooring, or you have to replace some spots with a different one.
Summary: Sydney Timber Floor Installation
Hardwood flooring is expensive and difficult to maintain. You do not want to deal with a contractor who is only out there to grab your money. You have to work with a contractor who cares.
If you need a Sydney timber floor installation contractor, give us a call. We at Australian Construction have been in this business for 20 years. We specialise in large-scale hardwood flooring projects, such as hotels and commercial spaces.
Give us a call on 1800 155 881 and let us discuss your project. We will do a visual inspection, work on mathematics, and then give you a price quote for you to consider.