New Flooring Installation Guidelines Available to NAHB Members

Filed in Business Management, Home Building, Legal by on July 20, 2015 1 Comment

intricatewoodflooringNAHB and the National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) are working together to share information and resources to promote proper flooring installation standards and best practices. As part of this new collaboration, NWFA is making its Wood Flooring Installation Guidelines  available to NAHB members at no cost.

The organization has found moisture-related flooring problems to be a long-standing issue for the residential construction industry. When problems like these result in expensive insurance claims and dissatisfied home owners, the impact is felt by all parties in the supply chain.

NWFA spends a significant amount of time each year educating flooring contractors on the proper installation of wood flooring. Recently, after noticing a disproportionately high number of claims for improper installation of wood flooring, NWFA reached out to NAHB to extend the education offering to builders.

One solution the guidelines offer, for example, is having an HVAC system in place to help get the wood to optimum performance condition. In fact, the guide recommends that where building codes allow, permanent heating and/or air conditioning systems should operate at least five days prior to flooring installation to promote proper acclimation.

stk31606hseBrett Miller, NWFA vice president of education and certification, met with the NAHB Construction Liability, Risk Management, and Building Materials Committee at the 2015 International Builders’ Show board meeting to discuss the organization’s top concerns related to this issue. Following this meeting, NAHB and NWFA agreed to establish a mutually beneficial, strategic relationship to work cooperatively to achieve their common interests.

To access the guidelines and learn more about other substantive technical, legal and business issues affecting the building industry, visit nahb.org/constructionliability.

 

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  1. Jimmy Snyder says:

    Thank you, Put moisture barrier in slabs as they are poured would be quite helpful for all floor coverings — vinyl plank, sheet vinyl, wood, laminate, etc. Still need the acclimation and moisture test. but this one step would cut down on moisture problems that and masking the floors before the enamel paint and or stains have a chance to penetrate the slab.

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