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Flooring Installation Part 2


Flooring Installation: 3 Corners You Shouldn’t Cut – Part Two

One of the key tenets of value engineering is finding the solution with the highest value and the lowest cost, and eliminating any low-cost/low-value and high-cost/low-value elements.

Simply put, you want to minimize cost — but you don’t want to avoid common issues or cut any corners that might cause high-cost problems down the road. To that end, here are three corners you don’t want to cut when evaluating money-saving measures:

1. Planning prior to the installation

Planning now saves time and money later. Before any construction or renovation project begins, you should have a clear picture of your timeline. This will give your subcontractors (i.e., flooring, plumbing, electric, etc.) an idea of who else will be in the building when they are working, and goals for when they should have certain action items done.

Clear planning and the correct contractor can reduce the risk of construction issues

A clear plan helps your flooring contractor know when to procure, stage and install flooring materials — and sets clear expectations of what you expect to be done and when. With new construction, your general contractor will likely take care of this, and subcontractors will proactively schedule around each other. With a floor replacement, though, the heavy lifting should be done by your flooring contractor.

2. Hiring an experienced flooring contractor

Don’t choose the flooring contractor with the cheapest bid. Choose the flooring contractor that’s dedicated to engineering value into every dollar you spend. In addition to informed product selection, seasoned contractors will take simple measures (i.e., surface preparation, proactive scheduling with other subcontractors, etc.) that will glean huge cost savings for your project.

Surface preparation is key to a long-lasting flooring solution

3. Selecting a product proven for your building’s application

Choosing a flooring material which isn’t suited for your application spells disaster. For example, using the wrong quarry tile grout in a commercial kitchen installation will result in having to replace your flooring in a few short years. Spending a little more money on the right product from the outset will save you in the long run.

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Mitchell Bryant

Mitchell Bryant is the communications specialist at Spectra Contract Flooring, the largest commercial flooring contractor in the U.S.

2 thoughts on “Flooring Installation: 3 Corners You Shouldn’t Cut – Part Two”

  1. hennie maritz says:

    good day Mithell,
    how do you deal with contractors, that force you to work under condition that is not suitable for the installation of a floor covering, due to the fact that they are behind schedule and all other trades is in your way of doing your work.
    this is a huge problem for us in south Africa.

    1. Dan Ash says:

      Hi Hennie
      Thanks for your question. If the conditions aren’t right for installing a floor finish then there’s a very good chance that the coating will fail in some way further down the line and lead to more problems, hassle and costs. If you’d like to talk to some experts on resin flooring applications in South Africa then why not get in touch with Flowcrete South Africa (their contact details can be found here –, they’ve got a lot of experience in the South African construction industry and in a wide range of different environments, market sectors and overcoming project challenges.
      Kind regards,

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