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Taking action after a bad flooring installation by subcontractors

As a developer, residential construction company or architect, you have a reputation that brings clients to you and helps you build your career. Unfortunately, the subcontractors and suppliers you work with can have a direct, negative impact on customer satisfaction and your overall business reputation.

Construction defects, particularly in areas that are perceived as high-value and high-cost, such as flooring, could lead to a loss of business or serious damage to your credibility and reputation as a professional.

If you realize that a contractor or company you hired to perform certain construction tasks related to flooring installation or repair cut corners or simply didn't do an adequate job, you may need to consider taking legal action in California against those responsible so that you can defend your company and its reputation for excellence.

Cut-rate wood flooring could warp and lose color

One of the simplest ways for a flooring company to misrepresent what services they will provide to your business is to promise premium flooring and then use low-quality wood flooring to complete a project.

Whether you agreed on composite or hardwood floors, they may use second-hand or other questionable materials that don't meet your company standards. More importantly, those low-cost floorboards could warp, shrink or change in color over time. While homeowners may not notice minor issues, warping and other visible issues with flooring will likely draw their immediate attention.

Cheap glue and rush jobs could mean that premium vinyl tile is anything but

Luxury vinyl tile has become the new standard for high-quality, waterproof floors that are as functional as they are beautiful. Companies make vinyl tile planks in all kinds of textures, shapes and colors. From unbelievably realistic wood products to synthetic cork, premium vinyl tile can look like just about any sort of floor a person wants in their home.

Unfortunately, if the laborers or contractors installing the floor do a poor job of measuring, cutting or gluing the floor, that could cause issues. As seasons change and humidity levels and temperatures increase and decrease, the glue may detach and corners could rise up. In some areas, the edges of the flooring may pull back from the walls, leaving a visible and unattractive gap.

Workers need to take their time to ensure that the measurements are precise, that the patterns are lined up and that the glue has been properly applied. Failing to do so could very well mean that a premium floor job ends up looking like a cut-rate apartment floor installation.

Hold mediocre subcontractors responsible for their work

When the floors in a new home become unattractive within months, you can count on customer complaints, if not the potential for a defect-related lawsuit. You should, of course, respond proactively to customers who have such an issue and verify the accuracy of their claims.

If a flooring company has done a poor job, you may need to take them to court to offset the costs of repairing or replacing the mediocre job they did. Taking action against bad contractors not only holds them responsible for failing to meet basic standards, but it also protects your reputation as a reliable home builder who produces quality buildings.

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