Early in my trade career, I worked as an installer for a flooring company. Now that I'm a contractor, I no longer install flooring every day — but I still do the installation myself on some jobs.

It always pays to be extra careful when doing this kind of work, because flooring failures are among the leading causes of insurance claims filed by contractors. Many of those failures are due to installing floors over damp substrates. One of the main lessons I learned during my days as an installer was how important it is to check the substrate...

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