Choosing the right team for your construction project can make or break its success. Whether you need silk carpet installed in a luxury residential property, a custom-cut and fit feature area for a school, or to complete an office fit-out with a tight deadline, the right team can make sure your construction project is handed over on time, snag-free. We all know that simply choosing the cheapest quote can leave you in danger of some cowboy installers. Here are some of the most important things to look out for when choosing which commercial flooring company to use.
Not being able to see any examples of a company’s previous work is a reason to be suspicious. With the exception of confidential jobs, reputable flooring fitters should be proud to show off the quality of their work, so check their website or social media.
A contractor's portfolio is also a good way to see what products they are comfortable installing, and on what scale. Do they match what you're looking for?
Portfolio images will show you the quality of the end result, but tell you little about how they got there. Check to see if a flooring supplier has positive testimonials, to see if they are considered honest, accurate, and efficient by previous customers.
In the commercial flooring industry, certification is a rigorous process that is usually subject to annual reviews. These affiliations give you peace of mind that your contractors are following the correct health & safety procedures, and will provide a safe, quality service. If you’re using sole traders, the minimum they should have is an in-date CSCS card, and for a company look out for logos from flooring industry associations like the CFA or NICF, as well as construction industry associations like Constructionline and SafeContractor.
A reputable flooring contractor should have a close relationship with all main contract flooring manufacturers, many of whom have a list of suppliers they will actively recommend. If you already have a flooring material in mind, checking that the manufacturers know your fitters well is a good safeguard of their quality.
Health & Safety and Environmental Concerns
While certification is a good indicator that a flooring contractor has necessary health & safety procedures in place, top contractors should also have a statement on their website or on request, outlining exactly how they safeguard their employees on site.
Currently there is no certification for environmentally-conscious flooring suppliers, so look for a statement on their website which outlines their policy. This could include a commitment to using reclaimed wood, recycled materials or disposing of old flooring materials responsibly, using a system like Recofloor.
Follow this checklist and you should have everything you need to ensure that you're choosing a quality, trustworthy contractor for your renovation or new build. Contact us if you'd like to find out more about our work, or get a quote for your upcoming flooring project.