Working as a flooring installer is not just physical work. It requires a lot more than just physical dexterity to be able to work as a flooring installer.
Typically, flowing installers install ceramic and vinyl tiles and wooden carpeting to floors. They may work on new construction projects or ones that need revamping or renovation.
Working as a flooring installer means that you need to be extremely skilled. While you do not need more than a high school diploma to be eligible for this position, you are required to possess floor installation skills – possibly derived from an apprenticeship – if this is your career niche.
As a flooring installer, you will be working on a variety of projects, including people’s homes and commercial buildings. You will have to understand each project’s specifications in detail and be able to apply your knowledge accordingly. For instance, if you are working on a project in a house, you might not be able to apply your knowledge of commercial floor installation.
Working as a floor installer means that you will have to be well-versed in cutting and shaping tiles and the various methods of installing them. You will need to be knowledgeable about water and soundproofing methods which are part of this work.
Some typical duties of a flooring installer include:
Flooring Installer Duties & Responsibilities
• Perform inspection of the work area to determine the type of flooring it needs
• Confer with clients to understand their needs and provide them with feedback on what materials can be used
• Make a list of the possible tile types that can be used in home and commercial projects
• Provide clients with information on pros and cons of using their choice of tiles
• Look through blueprints and building plans to determine how to begin a flooring installation project
• Contact vendors and suppliers to procure materials according to each project’s specifications
• Cut and shape tiles to fit on floors, cabinets, and ceilings
• Install tiles using adhesives and hand tools and ensure that they are properly fitted in
• Perform preventative maintenance on already fitted tiles to ensure their longevity
• Measure and mark specific areas where tiles need to be installed
• Perform finishing work such as cleaning and polishing to ensure shine and completion
• Cut and install materials for sound and waterproofing purposes
• Nail tack strips to attach edges of new flooring
• Remove old tiles and carpeting and perform thorough clean-up procedures
• Sweep, scrape, chip and sand dirt and irregularities from based surfaces and fill cracks with putty