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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