Floor layers work with many different types of materials: carpet and carpet tiles; vinyl; lino; plastic; rubber; wooden blocks or strips; cork sheet or tiles.
On each job they must choose the most suitable material for the environment and identified purpose. They then construct diagrams and follow a detailed plan to fit the new floor covering. This could involve removing and disposing of the old covering, choosing a foundation such as ‘grippers’ to hold the new covering in place, and temporarily removing any obstructive objects such as furniture.
Some floor layers specialise in particular areas such as carpet laying or hardwoods.
Floor layers generally work indoors in a variety of places such as homes, offices, hospitals, schools and many other buildings. They may have to travel to specialist suppliers to pick up materials and tools.
Floor layers might have to work in an environment that is polluted by fumes. They also regularly use hazardous tools and machines, the use of which are governed by strict health and safety procedures.
If working on contract, work travelling long distances and staying away from home for short or long periods of time might be necessary.
To be a floor layer you should have:
Most floor layers work for flooring contractors who provide services to the construction industry. Most flooring businesses are small, family-run firms. Self-employment is common in both the domestic and contracting sides of this industry.