Floor covering-specific, pre-installation site meetings are an NFCA specification requirement. They come as part of NFCA's Quality Assurance Program (QAP), third party inspection service. On the agenda - storage/acclimation requirements, sub-floor flatness and surface preparation, testing requirements (type of tests, provision of results, who performs them and who pays for them), trade qualifications, scheduling, the role of the inspector, number and timing of inspection reports. The NFCA specification helps all parties in the construction process work together to plan for and navigate the many challenges of installing floor coverings successfully. The goal is to leave the client with the product and warranty they expect. For more information go to: www.nfca.ca/inspections.html
When NFCA Floor Covering Reference Manual is specified, clear guidelines and assignment of responsibilities are included for the work. One such item is floor preparation, the relevant section 'PART A13 Patching and Filling' which states, ‘All substrate surfaces to receive resilient flooring, carpet, hardwood, laminate, and other flooring types noted within this manual shall meet minimum NFCA and flooring material manufacturer’s written requirements. The flooring contractor shall be responsible only for minor substrate preparation that includes filling of small chips and dents, removal of minor protrusions and vacuuming of an otherwise acceptable surface in accordance with NFCA requirements and/or as defined by local trade jurisdiction. General Contractor or Owner shall include for the additional substrate preparation work (shotblasting, grinding, levelling, skim coating, crack filling etc.) as required to meet NFCA and manufacturer requirements. The overall responsibility for the provision of acceptable substrate and surface conditions is that of the General Contractor'. From this position the work can be contracted out fairly and as necessary, as a billable extra, and be addressed without cutting corners. www.nfca.ca
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Installing resilient flooring prematurely before other trades have completed their work or in the presence of personnel not essential to the installation of resilient flooring often results in visible damage, soiling, adhesive failure, delamination, and dimensional instability. These conditions may not be immediately evident. unless otherwise permitted, the installation of resilient flooring should not begin until the work of all other trades has been completed and the area is cleared of all obstacles, movable objects etc., and on-site worker traffic. Source: NFCA Floor Covering Reference Manual of Canada. www.floorcoveringreferencemanual.com
Understand national standards, floor covering scope of work, resources to help secure acceptable conditions, testing requirements, flatness issues, prepping for and pouring cement toppings, LVT, WPC and SPC explained. Useful information for anyone involved in a floor covering project. For more information and online registration follow this link: www.nfca.ca/surrey-bc.html
All floor covering projects where NFCA Quality Assurance Program is specified require that the floor covering contractor provide their own 2-year, 100% Maintenance Bond and provide Trade Qualified (TQ) or Product Qualified (PQ) installers according to PART A05 Trade Qualifications of the Floor Covering Reference Manual of Canada. For information on both Bonding and Trade Qualifications download these sections of the NFCA Manual for free at https://lnkd.in/bK8TFe8
Floor covering installations and small amounts of moisture vapour do not mix. NFCA Floor Covering Installation Standards state: New (and existing) concrete substrates must be properly cured and thoroughly dry before commencement of any flooring installation. As curing depends on such things as environmental conditions, location of the slab and the time of year, substrate surfaces may require more drying time than normal before they may be considered ready for moisture testing. While curing to design strength typically takes 7 to 28 days, drying time for floor coverings can take many months. Allow a minimum 1 month of dry time per 1” of slab thickness (1 day per 1mm). Knowing this a year in advance helps the planning process. Finding out a month from project completion when the floor contractor is scheduled to start work is bad news for all involved. www.nfca.ca
Slip Resistant (Safety) Flooring: This is a general term used to describe a line of slip resistant resilient flooring that is predominantly used in interior areas where slips and falls are more likely to occur. Slip resistant flooring may be composed of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) with plasticizers, colour pigments, stabilizers, fillers, and slip resistant components or synthetic or virgin rubber and is typically available in sheet form with tile also available from some manufacturers. Source NFCA Floor Covering Reference Manual. Link to NFCA members supplying Safety Flooring in your province: https://lnkd.in/gYS-8jK
National Floor Covering Association (NFCA) of Canada welcomes Floors by Design Ltd. of Regina, Saskatchewan as a new member supporting quality assurance and best practices in Saskatchewan’s floor covering industry. http://floorsbydesign.ca
National Floor Covering Association (NFCA) of Canada welcomes Varty Floors Ltd. of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan as a new member supporting quality assurance and best practices in Saskatchewan’s floor covering industry. https://lnkd.in/gbrHFru
Resilient (vinyl, rubber, linoleuem etc.) flooring over wood sub-floors - most floor covering manufacturers do not approve of the use of a particle board, Oriented Strand Board (OSB), Particle (chip) board or hardboard type underlayment, with the exception of those types rated as "Flooring Underlayment Grade". Wood underlayment products can contain a variety of ingredients such as wax, urea-formaldehyde and isocyanate based adhesives that can cause issues. For this reason, the NFCA Floor Covering Reference Manual states that underlayment panels shall be designated "Underlayment Grade" and be warranted by the panel manufacturer for use under the specified flooring. Underlayment panels shall be free of internal voids, knot holes, splits or cracks and be complete with an upper surface that is sufficiently dense and smooth so that surface grain or texture will not be telegraphed to the surface of any newly installed resilient flooring. Compatibility between underlayment’s, floor covering products and adhesives should be confirmed prior to floor covering installation to avoid issues.
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