Installation is a complicated process with loads of instructions and lots of steps. Occasionally floors may fail due to an unforeseen issue, but most of the time it’s the result of human error, either through missing a step in the installation instructions (such as forgetting to prep the subfloor) or through plain old application mistakes. We spoke with installers, contractors and instructors to find out some of the basic installation problems that appear in the field every day, and more importantly, how to correct them.
Moisture issues. Peter Craig, a concrete floor specialist with more than 41 years of experience, said moisture-related flooring failures remain an all-too-common and costly problem in the construction and flooring industry. “I’ve seen too many people lose too much money or even their businesses over this problem. There have been numerous types of systems developed that can help mitigate unacceptably high moisture conditions. By my last count there were over 60 such products in the marketplace.”