Wood Flooring Preperation

With today’s fast-track construction, it’s only natural to want to get the project rolling as quickly as
possible. However, this fast pace leads to problems down the road that could have easily been
avoided had the contractor just run through a quick checklist of things to do before installation

Subfloor Testing

The substrate should always be tested prior to installation, regardless if this is a new construction
installation or a remodel installation. No matter what the substrate is or how old it is, or if someone
tells you “it’s not a concern,” it needs to be tested. Testing a subfloor is cheap insurance as a
flooring contractor. Now you have a base line to compare to if a problem arises.


failures occur every day over substrates that did not exhibit a problem with materials
previously installed. Remember, starting the installation constitutes acceptance and assumes of

Most flooring contractors and installers are not substrate experts, and testing should not be part of
their requirements. Knowing how many tests to run and what conditions the tests need to be run in
are huge factors. Having A third party who is trained and certified can be brought in and this limits
your liability. If not, you risk the chance of the tests being done incorrectly, which can yield false

Substrate and jobsite conditions should comply with the manufacturer’s guidelines and industry
standards. One of the biggest causes of hardwood installation failures is substrate issues that will
compromise the installation.
All substrate issues should be addressed and corrected prior to the installation of any flooring
material, but they must be recognized and not put off.

Subfloor Conditions

Any conditions that would prevent a successful installation of the flooring material must be
corrected and prior to the installation of the flooring.

Substrates must be clean, dry, smooth and free of any and all compromising conditions such as oils,
grease, paint, drywall compound, dust, sealing or curing compounds etc., according to
manufacturers and industry guidelines. Subfloor flatness should comply with ACI Standard of 1/8
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