Architects, building owners, and contractors put a lot of emphasis on the final choice of flooring materials for commercial, institutional,multifamily, and industrial building projects. But without proper underlayment, the flooring will always be in jeopardy of - depending on the type - cracking, peeling, bulging, and so forth. This course provides guidance on getting the layer below the finished flooring material right, to avoid problems after the building is occupied.
After reading this article, you should be able to:
n Discuss the main criteria, notably environmental, health, and safety issues, for selecting and specifying floor materials and systems.
n Describe the structural factors for flooring and floor underlayments, including raised-floor systems for improved indoor air quality (IAQ).
n List considerations for entry areas, building transitions, and other special areas that require flooring accessories, with particular attention to safety, occupant welfare, cleanliness, and benefit to the indoor environment.
n Compare and contrast flooring materials and finishes based on cost, sustainability, health and safety concerns, and O&M requirements.