Floor covering installation is a very important consideration in any flooring purchase. A floor covering does not become a finished product until installed. Fortunately many knowledgeable installation experts can be found. Unfortunately there are also many workers that stay they are flooring installers when they are really floor covering butchers.
There is a Difference Between Floor Covering Installation and Butchering!
Floor covering installation is a key element in how a product is going to perform a fact that cannot be stressed enough. Common examples of improper installation are seaming problems. Carpet where the seams that are not properly sealed may fray and allow the backing to separate along the seam edge. Laminated floors where the seams have not been properly joined may separate. Hardwood floor that have not been properly nailed down may squeak or move. Sheet vinyl where the seams are not properly sealed will open, shrink and turn upward. These are but a few of the many problems that can occur when a floor covering has not been installed by a knowledgeable installer.
The floor covering industry is striving for improvement in many areas including the area of floor covering installation. Carpet and Rug Institute – RCI has developed a “seal of approval” that it issues to companies meeting specific installation criteria. The CFI – Certified Floorcovering Installers Association and the FCIA – Floor Covering Installers Association have developed excellent programs for improving the quality of floor covering installers. The National Wood Flooring Association – NWFA and the World Flooring Association – WFCA both offer continuing education as do many other trade organizations.