If installation were easy, anybody could do it. But as professional installers know, this field requires patience, practice and an attention to detail that most D.I.Y-ers lack. Following is a checklist of the 10 most important considerations for contractors when starting a resilient job.

1. Moisture Testing: To avoid a conflict of interest, moisture testing should preferably be done by an outside firm rather than by your installers. Moisture testing can be invaluable to the success or failure of the job, and it is important to have objective results. My preferred method is the ASTM F2170 in-situ probe test, done every 1,000 square feet. This measures at the base of the hole and not the gradient of the hole, ensuring more accurate testing.

2. Preconstruction Conference: The preconstruction conference is the time to get everything straight, from the starting place to the ending areas. This is where everyone will find out who is responsible for the preparation work and what that work is all about, as well as if there are any areas of special attention. While these conferences are generally attended by salesman, for the best results include your lead installer in the meeting as well.

3. Heat On: The HVAC needs to be on. In areas that don’t permit that, a heating device needs to be used that utilizes the heat but gives out a dry air conducive to drying. There are devices out there that supply a drier air than the propane, diesel or kerosene which just dump a lot of water into the air as humidity. The area to be installed needs to be dry and maintained at as close a temperature and humidity as when the building will be maintained after occupancy.

There should be some type of control to monitor the temperature and humidity, such as a recording device that gives multiple readings daily to ensure the heat is kept at a constant heat and humidity.
Many contractors have the desire to turn off the heat at night and run it only in the day. Don’t do it. This creates a fluctuation in the slab temperature and affects the outcome of the installation. Many contractors seem unaware of the benefits in heat and humidity, as they don’t have to deal firsthand with the concrete and finishes that are moisture- and temperature-sensitive.

The same goes for places with high heat and humidity. Keep the temperature and humidity near the occupied levels. Do not run the A/C full blast all day and shut it off at night if the occupants are going to just leave it on.

4. Lights On: Yes, the lights! There are contractors who don’t believe that proper lighting is important. The installer is not a miracle worker, but not all contractors feel the same way. I have seen jobs where the installers had to use lanterns and head lamps. It is ridiculous when a contractor is this far out of touch with the realities of the job.

5. Material Storage Area: There must be a delivery room were the rolls can be sequenced and set aside to go to specific areas. The materials, adhesives and supplies need to be secured and safe from theft and destruction. This area should be centrally located, and one should be located on each floor.

6. Material Cutting: The material to be patterned needs to have a special area to cut, patterned and fit. Period.

7. Floor Prep: Keep these questions in mind: Is floor preparation part of the contract? All or part of it? Is there a sealer, curing compound or parting compound on the floor? What is the condition of the concrete? What is required for minimal preparation?

8. Area To Start: There is a place to start and the job superintendant needs to have that area cleaned out. He needs to stay ahead. The lead installer needs to meet with the job superintendent daily to secure the area for tomorrow.

9. Other Trades: Having other trades on the job is a fact of life, but remember they are not there to destroy, mark or get in the way of your work. They must observe the traffic rules to stay off the floor for 24 hours for foot traffic and 72 hours for rolling load traffic.

10. Waste Disposal: In a lot of cases waste disposal is a negotiated segment of the contract. The waste needs to be removed on a daily basis. Never let the refuse build up as it will get out of hand.

Follow these steps to build the reputation of your business and among your installers.