Floor Finisher and Coverer


Floor finishers and coverers install and repair floor coverings such as carpet, vinyl, rubber, cork, parquetry and timber flooring. They may specialise as hard floor finishers, textile layers or resilient layers.

Duties & Tasks

Floor finishers and coverers may perform the following tasks:

  • ensure floors are firm, dry and clean, and repair minor defects before laying coverings
  • measure areas to be covered, and estimate and order quantities of floor coverings
  • fix underlays of hardboard sheets, rubber or felt
  • lay covering materials over the floor, match patterns, cut shapes around fixtures and trim edges
  • fix floor coverings and fit edge trims in doorways
  • sand, stain and finish a variety of timber floors.


Carpet Layer

A carpet layer fastens the edges and seams of the carpet, then stretches and fixes it along walls and borders, using gripper strips.

Hard Floor Finisher

A hard floor finisher lays and finishes timber, cork and parquetry floors in mosaic and block patterns. They also sand, stain and apply finished coatings to timber floors.

Resilient Layer

A resilient layer specialises in laying and finishing vinyl, linoleum and rubber in sheet or tile form. They may lay these materials on bench tops and walls as well as floors.

Working Conditions

Floor finishers and coverers work in small teams. Conditions can be dusty, and the work involves a lot of bending, stretching, kneeling and carrying. Floor finishers and coverers have a high level of contact with the public, retailers, builders and other tradespeople.

Personal Requirements

  • able to cope with the physical demands of the job
  • enjoy practical work
  • good hand-eye coordination
  • normal colour vision.

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