How to mitigate flooring installation risks

by Ofentse Sefolo
How to mitigate flooring installation risks

Each flooring product has its own installation method and if not adhered to, will increase your installation risk. Vinyl flooring, for example, has extremely specific demands and one needs to get it right.

The first step in mitigating these risks is to partner with a specialist, especially when tight deadlines and budgets are the norm.

“Nothing beats a likeminded, responsible teamwith a common purpose and goal, with each specialist bringing their own expert skills and experience to the project,” says Tandy Coleman, CEO at Polyflor.

Polyflor notes six stages that are worth incorporating in any flooring project to mitigate risk:

Stage 1 – Kick-start meeting:
• Ensure all stakeholders involved in the flooring preparation and installation process have a meeting on site prior to the start of the project to do a risk assessment and agree on a project plan.
• It is important to consult with the screed and moisture barrier system supplier on their method statement and best practice guidelines.

Stage 2 – Post installation of screed and prior to vinyl installation:
• All stakeholders need to be present to do a site inspection and a site report is to be collated by the vinyl supplier and sent to all parties.

Stage 3 – Mock-up installation:
• This step is critical and the area selected, which is determined by the architect, is used as a benchmark to ensure the accepted standard of work is adhered to throughout the installation.
• No welding or grooving should be done until the vinyl supplier has assessed and signed off the quality of workmanship of the joins.
• Most important: The appointed flooring contractor must verify that their installation teams have completed the necessary vinyl flooring manufacturer’s training.
• The vinyl supplier will provide additional training to remedy any issues should they arise at this stage.

Stage 4 – Ad hoc inspections during installation:
• The vinyl supplier must do inspections throughout the installation to ensure the quality of the workmanship and to mitigate any risks. Any challenges along the way should be put in writing by all parties and shared amongst the team.

Stage 5 – Post vinyl installation and prior to cleaning:
• All stakeholders must meet on site to do a final assessment and the vinyl supplier must issue a final site report to document the results.

Stage 6 – Handover:
• All stakeholders to meet on site for the handover. The vinyl supplier must provide a handover pack consisting of the product warranty and recommended maintenance regime.

In closing Tandy notes: “Years of experience have skilled us to help you achieve a successful outcome. We provide you with an end-to-end specialised consultative service, guaranteed to ensure the best result. We accompany you on the journey, from start to finish, providing constant support and technical advice required along the way, helping to mitigate your risks.”

Choose a team that understands you and can essentially become an extension of your team. This has proven to be the winning formula.

For more information, contact Polyflor SA:
Tel: +27 (11) 609 3500 (speak to Blythe or Wendy)
Email: marketing@polyflor.co.za
Website: www.polyflor.co.za

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