Project Preparation

A Field Superintendent and/or Project Manager from Tile & Terrazzo and the General Contractor / Home Owner will  agree to meet before the start of the floor covering work to review and agree in respect to the following conditions.

Commercial:

1. Temperature* (75º ± l0ºF) and humidity* levels (50% ± 10%) should be achieved 48 hours prior to installation; maintained during installation; and, held for 48 hours after the installation is completed.  

Temporary controlled air is not acceptable and will void manufacturer and installation warranties.  Use of electric heat, fans and de-humidifiers will facilitate required site condition levels allowing flooring products and adhesives to work properly.

2. Concrete slabs should be permanently dry, clean, smooth, flat (3/16" in 10 ft.) and structurally sound. They should be free of dust, solvent, paint, wax, oil, grease, residual adhesive, adhesive removers, curing, sealing, hardening, or parting compounds, alkaline salts, excessive carbonation, mold, mildew, and other foreign materials

3. All subfloors should be free of drywall mud, paint, trash, building materials and any other debris from other trades.  Wood floors should be flat, smooth, broom clean with joints edged/prepped.  All high spots in concrete should be bushed down and patched smooth. 

4. Moisture tests: We recommend that you employ the services of an Independent Testing Laboratory for testing the moisture content of concrete slabs in accordance with the flooring manufacturer requirements and the project specifications.  Manufacturers warranty requires one test per 1000 sf.  We will approach your job assuming your slab meets product specifications unless you tell us differently. 

5. In the event that the concrete slabs moisture content is above the manufacturer’s requirements, remedial action is to be by the general contractor and/or owner.  Permanent HVAC, dehumidifiers and time will be required to bring the moisture content down.  Should a moisture sealant need to be applied to bring the slab into compliance that work can be done at an additional cost. 

6. All preparation work will be done on a time and materials basis unless otherwise stated in bid proposal and/or contract documents. Surface cracks, grooves, depressions, control joints or other non-moving joints, and other irregularities should be filled or smoothed with a cementitious patching compound recommended by the resilient flooring manufacturer. Patching compound should be moisture, mildew and alkali-resistant and achieve compressive strength of 3,500 PSI.  We recommend Mapei products.  Expansion joints are to be treated by the general contractor and should not be filled with patching compounds but cleaned and filled with appropriate sealant as specified in Division 03300, Concrete or 07900, Joint Sealers.

7. Door frames and trim must be in before installers can install base materials. The wall installation contractor should finish the walls to the floor leaving no more than 1/4" of clearance. This will make the walls acceptable for wall base.  Also, ceiling work and painting/wall coverings should be completed prior to start of floor covering installation.

8. Flooring installers need room to work. Many jobs are not bid by the piece and schedules cannot be met if other trades impede progress. We need a minimum number of coverable square feet per day which will be specified in the bid proposal, contract documents, or as agreed upon in project coordination meetings.  Spaces to receive new floor coverings are to be free and clear of all other trades.

9. Please be aware that you may need to do minor paint touch up the baseboards & walls after installation.

Tenant Occupied Spaces and Renovation of Existing Spaces

A Field Superintendent and/or Project Manager from Tile & Terrazzo and the End User agree to meet before the start of the floor covering work to review and agree in respect to the following conditions.

1.  Please note the following requirements if furniture moving and/or modular lift services are to be by Tile & Terrazzo

  • Electronic equipment such as computers, fax machines, copiers, postage machines and large printers are all recommended to be moved by the customer.  Tile & Terrazzo cannot be held responsible for damages that may occur.  Please remove all extending items such as collators, paper trays, paper feeders and paper receivers.  These items are made of plastic and will easily crack or break.  Leased items may need to be serviced by your leasing company. 
  • File cabinet contents should be boxed and labeled by customer. At a minimum the top sections should be emptied to lighten the units enough to be handled safely. In many cases 100% empty is not necessary.
  • Personal items, books, and desk/office contents should also be boxed by customer.  Office furniture will be up-ended when it is moved.  Please lock all drawers closed and keep the keys.  
  • If furniture will need to be taken apart to fit through the door, please label both pieces (i.e. desk with return). 
  • Any other items that will affect Tile & Terrazzo’s access to the floor should also be boxed by customer.  Boxes should be clearly labeled so that we know where to return them. 
  • For cubicles, the bulk weight in the overhead bins (phone books, manuals, large quantity of paper, etc) will need to be packed in boxes.  Valuable items, such as pictures and breakables should also be packed.  The computer and monitors in cubicles do not need to be unplugged, but should be turned off.  All other desk/office items should be packed as described above.
  • Any vending or drink machines that need to be moved are to be handled by the customer.

2. The space(s) should be free from other trades and their debris.  The subfloor should be free of drywall mud, paint and other debris, such as trash or building materials.  Wood floors should be flat, smooth, broom clean with joints edged/prepped.  All high spots in concrete should be bushed down and patched smooth. 

3. All subfloor preparation work will be done on a time and materials basis unless otherwise stated in bid proposal and/or contract documents. 

4.  All other commercial conditions are applicable.

 

Residential:

1.  All appliances and plumbing fixtures should be removed from project area by a professional. Tile & Terrazzo will not remove pedestal sinks, toilets, refrigerators with water connections, gas stoves, plumbing & electrical.

2.  Please clear job site area of all furniture and other items that could impede the work of our installers. This includes any lamps, floor-length window treatments, trash cans, etc. Our installers can assist in moving large furniture; however we cannot be responsible for any loss or damage that results from this process. Also, please make sure any electronic components are disconnected and cleared from the area.

3.  Please understand that door clearance might be impacted by new flooring. Tile & Terrazzo will not cut or alter door dimensions.

4.  Our installers will do their best to take proper care when performing an installation. However, there might be some minor paint touch-up required post-installation to walls or baseboards. This is the responsibility of the client.

 

 
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