Specifying the right flooring and installation products for the appropriate application can be challenging. Whether specifying tile, hardwood, carpet, or resilient flooring, there are basic specification considerations that encompass the very broad category of flooring. From flooring type and auxiliary products to surface preparation, installation, maintenance and accessibility, specifiers have many decisions to make that they then must clearly convey in a specification. This learning unit will cover the range of considerations such as function, performance, application, cost, environmental impacts and aesthetics that can all influence a flooring specification.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the importance of flooring specifications and the difference between specification types.
  • Explore types of flooring surfaces and auxiliary products that may be specified.
  • Review the importance of surface preparation, installation, maintenance and accessibility considerations for specifications.
  • Examine various third-party flooring certifications that may be referenced in specifications.