National Floor Covering Association

National Floor Covering Association

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FLOOR INSPECTIONS

NFCA floor inspection services represent industry standards detailed in the Floor Covering Reference Manual of Canada, and product manufacturers installation guide lines.

There are two types of floor inspection service available through NFCA:
1. Post (or mid stage) installation inspection.
2. Quality Assurance Program (QAP). Commercial projects.

1. Post (or mid stage) installation Inspection

  • One report is issued.
  • Inspectors are trained and certified.
  • A review of indoor site conditions
  • A review of product specifications
  • Comments on product performance and installation quality
  • A conclusion and recommendations (where possible)
  • For inspection costs call our office at 604-371-0137 (Note inspector travel and accommodation, if necessary, are extra)
  • Submitted reports are available to all parties after 7 days.
  • Inspections are non destructive.
  • The inspector is the only person allowed to use recording devices during the inspection.
  • ​Payment for an inspection is taken upfront. Once received with the completed ‘Request Form’, the inspector will be assigned and contact the necessary parties.
  • Order an inspection by selecting the relevant form below.

To request a post or mid installation inspection, download and complete the appropriate form. For costs and details call our office at 604-371-0137.

hardwood_inspection_request_form.pdf

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Carpet inspection request form.pdf

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Laminate_inspection_request_form.pdf

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Resilient_inspection_request_form_copy_-_copy.pdf

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Other_floor_type_inspection_request_form.pdf

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Sub-floor_inspection_request_form.pdf

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2. Quality Assurance Program (QAP)

QAP is a specifiable inspection service that is included in the construction documents for larger commercial projects. Once approved, a certified floor inspector is assigned to the stay in touch with a project from start to finish. This involves holding a pre-installation site meeting, inspecting the project site and issuing a series of reports through the duration of the project.

The reports include:

  • Review of flooring plans and specifications.
  • Review of substrate moisture and alkalinity testing reports (provided by a third party, certified testing agency).
  • Review of site environmental conditions and product acclimation.
  • Review of installer qualifications and workmanship.
  • Confirmation that specified products are on site.
  • Confirmation the flooring contractors’ bonding requirement is met.

Further details:

  • ​Inspectors are trained and certified.
  • Inspector supports all construction parties with independent opinion.
  • To meet NFCA Quality Assurance Program requirements, flooring contractors must supply a 2 year, 100% maintenance bond.
  • The flooring contractor will be required to supply installers who meet NFCA Trade Qualification standards.
  • Costs for this inspection service are 5% of the total flooring contract up to $200,000, then a sliding scale applies (see design spec and full cost download below).
  • If necessary, inspector travel and accommodation are extra.
  • Inspections are non-destructive.
  • Inspectors do not perform ASTM moisture tests. Inspectors review test results (provided by others).
  • Inspectors observe and report only, review specifications and issue comment and advice where possible. Inspectors do not recommend products or price estimates.
  • Floor covering types included: Carpet, resilient, hardwood, laminate, bamboo, cork. Sub-floors and environmental site conditions are also included. For tile, stone and ceramamic, contact the Tile, Terrazo and Marble Association of Canada, via www.ttmac.com.
  • For more information, call our office at 604-371-0137.

For Quality Assurance Program Consultants Specification and Costs, download this file:

2021_nfca_and_qap_specification__copy.pdf

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