Floor layers are responsible for laying various floor coverings in all types of buildings and handling a variety of materials in the process, including carpet, wood, tile, cement, laminate, linoleum, vinyl, and rubber. This position is physical in nature, and the majority of work is performed in an indoor environment.
Floor layers may work individually or on teams, and as independent contractors or for organizations; their working hours are often commensurate on clients’ needs. Generally, formal education is not required for this position, as work experience is held in higher regard, and many organizations also offer on-the-job training.
Floor layers have a variety of responsibilities, including: cleaning and inspecting surfaces to prepare for floor laying; measuring the floor area to determine quantities of needed materials; meeting with owners/architects to determine and order needed materials; providing estimates on pricing and time needed to complete jobs; negotiating prices and estimates; cutting and adhering flooring materials; installing layers underneath flooring, installing floor coverings; cleaning floors after installation; and working with other carpenters and workers on a regular basis.
Applicants for this position should pay close attention to detail and excel in performing physical work, as it will involve a great deal of bending and kneeling.
Floor Layer Tasks
Prepare sites by cleaning, removing obstacles and adding guidelines at appropriate measurements.
Install a variety of flooring materials on different types of substrate.
Measure floor areas, provide cost estimates and collect supplies for specific projects.
Clean sites and confirm quality of floors, documenting adherence to specifications.