Installation Tips

To bring a design project from the initial concept to the final installation, there are many important details to consider along the way. From materiality to aesthetics, installation to maintenance, surrounding a project with a team of industry insiders will lead to a successful outcome. Within this team, trade specialists provide in-depth knowledge and an understanding of product solutions backed by years of experience.

At a recent Coffee & Conversation virtual event, Jane Rohde at JSR Associates, underscored the importance of working with trusted industry specialists, including product installers. Asking detailed questions to understand what is involved during each stage of a project can help guide the team, leading to a seamless experience. Whether it is site conditions or issues with moisture, what can you expect as you prepare for installation? Here are five key factors to consider as you work with flooring installers and questions that can help clarify common guidelines.
Molten, Timber Grove II, Floraculture
Molten, Timber Grove II

1. Prior to installation, what are the recommended site conditions?

Items to consider: As you prepare your site, it is recommended that floor covering installation does not begin until all other trade work is completed. Additionally, permanent HVAC systems should be in place to control the temperature in the space, with settings assigned for both resilient and carpet tile prior, during and post-installation.


2. What type of moisture testing should be conducted?

Items to consider: Moisture testing is required prior to flooring installation. If excessive moisture is present, the general contractor or building owner must be advised of the readings, and a decision made regarding how to address the moisture or continue the installation.


3. What is involved in the subfloor preparation?

Items to consider: All substrates shall be dry, clean, smooth and structurally sound. Be sure to ask about all materials present that might prevent the adhesive from bonding.


4. What is the process for installing new flooring over existing flooring?

Items to consider: The existing flooring must be single layered, non‐cushion backed, fully adhered, and smooth and showing no signs of moisture or alkalinity. Waxes, polishes, grease, grime, and oil must be removed. Cuts, cracks, gouges, dents and other irregularities in the existing floor covering must be repaired or replaced.


5. What steps should be taken with materials prior to installation?

Items to consider: Material should always be visually inspected prior to installations. Flooring material and adhesive must be acclimated to the installation area prior to installation.