Floor covering installers (NOC 7295)

About this job

Floor covering installers install carpet, wood, linoleum, vinyl, and other resilient floor coverings in residential, commercial, industrial, and institutional buildings.

People in this occupation:

  • work for construction companies, floor covering contractors and carpet outlets
  • may be self-employed
  • must be able to visualize spaces accurately in order to make estimates of materials
  • must have a good sense of colour and pattern
  • should have good physical strength and be able to bend, stretch and kneel for extended periods of time
  • must have good customer service skills
  • must be able to work under limited supervision
Common job titles
  • installer, floor and wall covering
  • installer-layer, carpet / hardwood / vinyl
  • installer-layer, composition floor / lino
  • mechanic, floor covering


Floor covering installers perform some or all of the following duties:

  • inspect, measure and mark surfaces to be covered
  • measure, cut and fasten underlay and under-padding
  • measure, cut and install carpeting using hand or machine stitcher, seaming iron, bonding tape or other bonding materials
  • stretch carpeting using knee-kicker or power stretcher and secure carpeting to floor or other surfaces using staple gun or other devices
  • measure, cut and install resilient floor covering using adhesive, rollers and other hand tools
  • install hardwood floors, such as strip floors, block floors or plank floors, using glue, staples, nails or other means
  • inspect and repair damaged floor coverings
  • may estimate material and labour costs

Work environment

Workers in this occupation typically work indoors. However, some tiling may also be done outdoors (i.e., patios, balconies, steps and swimming areas).

Floor covering installers typically work a standard 40-hour workweek. Some overtime may also be required. Work is mostly done during the day, however, some evening work may be required.

Workers in this occupation must be able to kneel for extensive periods of time. They must also be able to lift carpet rolls and boxes of tiles. Risks associated with this profession include knee injuries from kneeling and back injuries from lifting heavy materials.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

Experienced floor covering installers may advance to supervisory positions, move into sales or work as private contractors. Some may also start their own retail businesses.

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