If we didn't have floor finishers to cut, install, finish and repair soft, resilient and hard floor coverings, most of us would still be walking around on cold, hard cement at home and at work. And we wouldn't have much use for the wide range of luxurious carpets, practical linoleum, and trendy cork and timber floor finishes that are currently available to us.
A floor finisher's duties involve inspecting and preparing what's known as the sub floor before it can be covered. This needs to be measured and an estimation drawn up, so that an order can be placed for the correct amount of floor covering. As part of the preparation process, floor finishers install underlays of hardboard sheets, rubber or felt. This helps to ensure the durability of a floor covering. But more importantly, it pads out floor coverings, such as carpet, making it feel nice to walk on. Once these preparatory measures have been taken care of, the floor coverings can be laid. Unfortunately for floor finishers, not every room is the perfect open space, they may need to cut around objects such as stairs or pot belly stoves, ensuring a floor covering is the perfect fit. Securing floor coverings, fitting edge trims in doorways as well as sanding, staining and finishing timber floors are some of a floor finisher's other tasks. They may also be required to repair baseboard moulding and damaged floor covers.
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