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With Flooring Installations, Don't Ignore Conditions of Space

By Lewis Migliore

The conditions of the space where flooring is to be installed are increasingly ignored based on the number of claims, complaints and flooring failures we’re seeing around the country. Of major importance is the fact that the space in which the flooring material is to be installed be conditioned as if it was occupied by those who will populate it. The HVAC must be operational for two reasons. First, to properly conduct any moisture testing being done, whether calcium chloride or relative humidity. Second, to acclimate the flooring material regardless of what it is from carpet to wood to vinyl and everything that goes on the floor. All flooring materials react to heat and cold and most to humidity.

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The Commercial Flooring Report is provided by Lewis Migliore, president of LGM and Associates, which offers technical flooring services, including help or guidance with a new flooring project or a failure on an existing floor. Contact him at lgmtcs@optilink.us.