Floor Covering Installer

Floor covering installers put down carpet tile linoleum cork rubber and vinyl on floors in older houses and buildings or on structures being built. The floors they install are in homes offices stores and factories. For any type of installation they first prepare the subfloor that will lie beneath the floor covering by smoothing it down or filling in any cracks. This first step is crucial as far as guaranteeing the final quality of the installation job. For carpets installers put down spiked strips after which they roll out the padding and then the carpet making sure it does not wrinkle or bulge. For other materials such as tile installers apply glue or adhesive and then set the floor covering in place. Some installers specialize in a specific type of material whereas others work with various materials. Floor covering installers work for retail installers installing contractors or flooring manufacturers. The website httpcareers.stateuniversity.com says that floor covering installers need a high school education or the equivalent. Courses in geometry algebra business arithmetic mechanical drawing and shop are helpful and they must be able to make accurate measurements and to read and understand construction plans sketches and layouts. Vocational and trade schools offer courses in floor covering installation. However some individuals complete an approximately two-year apprenticeship sponsored by local unions during which time they are paid less than an experienced installer. The website www.education.com says that floor covering installers usually work 40 hours a week but they may have to work overtime or on weekends. The employment outlook depends on the economy and the amount they earn varies partly because some are paid by the hour (between approximatel$16 and $18) but others are paid by the number of square feet of material they install.

Education Required: High School Diploma & Specialized Training
Avg Salary: $35360
High Salary: $37440
Low Salary: $33280
Tasks: Installs all types of floor coverings.
Prepares the subfloor.
Measures and cuts materials.
Finishes and re-finishes wood floors.
Also Called: Carpet Installer
Tile Installer
Hardwood Floor Installer
Linoleum Installer
Additional Resources: http://careers.stateuniversity.com/pages/250/Floor-Covering-Installer.html