Unlike with the walls and ceilings, the flooring contractor must have total control of the workspace. There cannot be any other trade maneuvering equipment, tools, materials and workmen while a floor covering is being installed. If there is no control, health hazards will manifest as slip, trip and fall injuries. It just makes sense, right? No.
My last big job as a flooring contractor (2012) was a 35,000 square yard project of four months for a 35-story time-share building in Miami Beach, FL. We installed stretch-in carpet over synthetic felt with all new three-pin row tack strip in all the units’ living, dining and bedrooms. The common corridor was a double-stick system with solid rubber pad and custom wool woven carpet. There were six floors in renovation, simultaneously after the third week into the project; this was to expedite the job within the four month timeframe. We had six hours to remove the existing carpet and pad, and ten days later, two days to install the new materials.