A flooring installer installs a variety of flooring inside of residential or commercial buildings. Typically, they install carpet, vinyl, ceramic, hardwood, and laminate flooring, although they may be trained to install other types. Generally, a flooring installer is referred to as a type of construction worker and is skilled in other types of labor. Additionally, most professional flooring installers will specialize in a specific type of flooring.
Flooring installers must have a working knowledge of mathematics as they pertain to their career field, including measurements. Attention to detail is also essential, as they must be able to install pristine flooring that meets their customers' needs and stand up to wear and tear. Additionally, flooring installers need to physically be able to spend long hours doing frequent lifting, stretching, and bending.
Flooring installers use a variety of tools to complete their work. Carpet often involves knives, adhesives, staples and stretching tools; hardwood floors require woodworking tools such as saws, wood glue, staples, and nails. Linoleum installers may rely on the use of specialized floor coverings and glue, as well as specialized tools to fit laminate planks together without damaging them. Tile installers often require the use of tile-cutting saws, as well as grout trowels and sponges.
Flooring installers may be private contractors who are self-employed; however, flooring installers also may work with a union of workers employed through construction companies. In general, there are no formal educational requirements to become a flooring installer. Most flooring installers learn the trade through on-the-job training as an assistant to a more experienced flooring installer. Some flooring installers learn the trade through more formal training programs at a vocational school or community college. In general, most flooring installers possess a high school diploma or equivalent.
Flooring Installer Tasks
- Clean work areas and vehicles, remove scraps, and dispose of materials.
- Carry equipment, materials, and goods to and from various locations.
- Ensure a safe working environment.
- Drive to sites, remove existing carpeting, assess condition of floors, and install new carpet.
- Answer questions, provide information, and represent the organization.