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Floorers in Pietermaritzburg

Pietermaritzburg is the capital and second-largest city in the KwaZulu-Natal Province of South Africa. Founded in 1838, Pietermaritzburg enjoys quite the picturesque location where it is set amidst forested hills and the rolling countryside of the Natal-Midlands.

Pietermaritzburg, popularly called Maritzburg and often shortened to PMB, is one of the best-preserved Victorian cities in the world. Thanks to its rich history, the city enjoys a varied collection of attractions. The Parliament Buildings in Longmarket Street also speak of the city’s history: the foundation stone was laid on 21 June 1887 to commemorate Queen Victoria's Jubilee. Even today, its soaring columns and copper domes are a vintage throwback to the magnificence of Pietermaritzburg’s colonial past.  

What does a floorer do?

It is a floorer’s job to install various materials (from carpet and hardwood to tiles and linoleum) for the floors of structural buildings like houses, shopping centres, schools, hospitals, etc. Every building, regardless of its purpose, has a finished floor, and a floorer helps to install said flooring surfaces and/or upgrade their look and feel. To do their jobs correctly, they need to measure, cut and mix floor materials, create needed adhesives to be evenly applied to the new floor, create clear foundations, and perform a range of other activities.

Floorers can work part-time by the project or be employed full-time by a construction company.

How do you benefit from using a professional for hardwood floor installations?

Just like other experts in the construction industry (such as architects, electricians, interior designers, etc.), floorers possess knowledge and experience which make them the professionals that they are. Thus, you are assured of the following advantages when hiring a floorer:

·         A streamlined installation process: From securing the type of materials for a new floor to providing homeowners with maintenance tips for their new hardwood floors, professional flooring installers share their wealth of knowledge (such as which nails to use, the factors which impact adhesives, etc.) with you once they work on your project. Therefore, you are assured years of expertise and experience by working with one.

·         Acclimation of the new wood: If you’ve opted for hardwood flooring, your professional floorer will acclimate it to your home, which is necessary before installation.  

·         Preparation of the area: With a professional on board, your home will be expertly prepared for the installation, such as ensuring the interiors are climate controlled with a humidity level of 45%-65% and moving your furniture from every installation area.

·         Creating room for your new floor: If your project entails the temporary removal of baseboards and mouldings, a professional floorer will be able to advise on the option which will benefit your interests best (such as removing and replacing your old floor or installing directly over it).

·         A subfloor: After your old floor has been removed, a professional floorer will either prepare the existing subfloor or install a new one for the hardwood.

·         Door clearance: A professional will also evaluate all possible doors to see which ones need to be temporarily removed or shaved to clear the new hardwood floor.

·         Clean up: With your new floors in place, the professional floorer will collect and remove all debris and leave you with a clean space.

5 considerations for hiring a professional floorer

1.    Your time frame: If you’re pressed for time, a professional floorer can help speed up the process, but be sure to mention your wish to have the project completed in a timely manner.

2.    Your installer: If you have no recommendations for the floorer, the decision to hire them could be stressful. Sometimes it helps to have the candidate come to your home to assess the project, allowing both of you to get familiar with one another.

3.    Your budget: If money is an issue, find out (before you sign any contract) whether it is more affordable to purchase the material yourself, or if the floorer can get them at a contractor’s price.

4.    Any DIY prep work: If you can do some of the tasks yourself to help bring costs down, by all means – just as long as it doesn’t interfere with the floorer’s project and timeline. If getting the space ready for the new flooring (i.e. removing furniture, tearing out old carpet) is too much to handle, then rather put your trust in the hands of a professional.

5.    Recommendations: homify’s lists of professionals is just one way of obtaining candidates for your flooring project. If you know of someone who recently had their floors redone, ask them about the installers. Just be sure to do a little research and find out what past clients think about the professionals and their work ethic.

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