A Flooring Installer or Flooring Contractor installs different types of flooring and floor covering in both residential and commercial buildings. They work with different product types including carpeting, vinyl and tile. They may also work with unique specialty products including ceramic tile, concrete or wood flooring. Flooring can be very ornate depending on the type of building or home that the flooring is being installed in.

Flooring installers work on new construction projects where flooring is being installed during the construction of the building. On these projects, they are responsible for installing the specified flooring system as per the plans and specifications for the project. Flooring contractors may also work on existing buildings and structures where flooring must be removed before new flooring can be installed. In these types of projects, they may be required to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) to protect themselves from dust and mold which may be present in the flooring materials being removed.

Working as a flooring contractor requires individuals to work with a unique set of tools and equipment to complete flooring installations. Standard hand tools including a tape measure, hammer, t-square and a chalk line are necessary to work on flooring projects. In addition, there are other tools and equipment that are specific to the flooring industry including flooring cutters, tile cutters, carpet stretchers and knee kickers. Learning how to use these tools will improve the career opportunities for anyone interested in being a part of this segment of the construction industry.

Education Options:

Technical School, Community College, Registered Apprenticeship Program, and Industry Training Program.


Strong work ethic, dependability, eye for detail.

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