Flooring (cont., pg. 8)


Things You Should Watch For

On another page, I write about how you can and should take an active role in seeing that your subcontractors don’t make avoidable mistakes.

Contractors, even the best ones, can and sometimes do make mistakes.

You don’t have to be an expert yourself to spot these mistakes and to get them corrected while it’s still easy to do.

Here are some things you can double-check.

Remember, double-checking is all you are doing.  You’re not telling him how to do his job, so don’t worry that you’re stepping out of line.

It’s your house.

● If you are buying your own flooring, be careful with the discounted “close out” specials.

There’s no assurance you’ll be able to get more of it later if you need it.  And if you over-purchase, you’ll probably be stuck with a no-refund policy.

● References are crucial with small, independent flooring subs.  Even though they are responsible for the quality of their labor, it can be difficult at times to get some of them to respond to warranty calls.

● Avoid cheaper, water-based adhesives for application of wood and tile.  Use the higher quality urethane-based adhesives.  It’s a little extra money that is well worth it.

● As soon as possible, give all of the flooring a thorough inspection.  Look for gaps between wood planks, exposed nails, or smudges of glue.

Look for chipped edges in wood and tile, and gaps in tile grout.  Where wood and tile meet baseboard, there should be no gap larger than ¼” so that it will be effectively covered by later by shoe mould.

● Remember my advice from another page: if something looks wrong, it probably is wrong.

 

 

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