Flooring Tools

Flooring Tools

Whether you are a contractor or tackling a DIY flooring project, having the right tools is essential to get the results you want. At SMI Flooring Distributors, we have the tools and supplies you need to complete your projects. To make things easy, we have put together a master list of supplies every flooring installer should have, as well as special supplies you may need for different types of floors.

General Flooring Tools

There are some tools that people need on any type of flooring installation job. You have to be able to measure and mark off your work area. So, if you are tackling a flooring project, make sure you have:

  • Tape Measure
  • Chalk Line
  • Carpenter’s Level
  • 4 Foot Level
  • Pen or Pencil
  • Notebook
  • Combination Square
  • Caulking Gun
  • Screwdriver
  • Hammer
  • Carpenter’s Square
  • Duct Tape
  • Tapping Block
  • Angle Grinder
  • Shop-Vac

Safety Gear

Safety first. It may seem trite, but it is too easy to get injured on a construction job. If you have the right safety gear, and use it on every project, you significantly reduce the likelihood that you will be injured.

  • Safety Goggles
  • Knee Pads
  • Work Boots
  • Gloves
  • Dust Masks
  • Vapor Restrictors
  • Aprons
  • Ear Protection

Hardwood Floors

If you are tackling hardwood floor installation, you may need some special tools. Not every installation will need the same tools, so if you have questions about a particular hardwood installation, talk to one of our experienced crew members.

  • Pry Bar
  • Rubber Hammer
  • Miter Saw or Chop Saw
  • Table Saw
  • Variable Speed Drill
  • Adhesives
  • Nail Guns

Ceramic Floors

Ceramic flooring is surprisingly easy to install, once you master cutting the tiles. It is not surprising that ceramic flooring tools focus on drawing the right corners and cutting them into the tiles. You will need:

  • Tile Nippers
  • Tile Cutters
  • Wet Saw
  • Framing Square
  • Notched Trowel
  • Hammer
  • Floor Scraper
  • Rubber Mallet
  • Putty Knife
  • Shovel
  • Glass Cutter

Vinyl Flooring Tools

Vinyl, especially luxury vinyl plank (LVP) is one of today’s hottest flooring materials. Installing vinyl is pretty easy for most flooring professionals, but having the right tools makes it even easier.

  • Utility Knife
  • S-891 Trowel


If you are tackling a laminate project, the right tools make the job faster.

  • Air Compressor
  • Brand Nailer
  • Hammer Drill
  • Concrete Anchors

Carpet Installation

Carpet is one of the most difficult types of flooring to handle as a DIY installation. That is because the carpet must be stretched correctly to look good and last for a long time. Here are some carper flooring tools that can help.

  • Linoleum Knife
  • Large Magnet
  • Carpet Tape
  • Carpet Steam Roller
  • Power Stretcher
  • Bonding Iron
  • Treamer
  • Trowel
  • Staple Gun

Come by SMI Flooring Distributors

If you need the right tools for your flooring job, come to SMI Flooring Distributors. We can make sure you have the right equipment to get the job done.