BuildEx Vancouver expert panel tackles a daunting project

Their own perspectives Early in 2019, the NFCA applied to speak at Vancouver Buildex 2020. The subject: getting the specification right for flooring installations and how starting the conversation early in construction can save time, money and avoid delays for everyone involved. Buildex accepted the proposal but came back with a suggestion — could NFCA […]

An unresolved issue

The gap between Divisions 3 and 9 For many years, the same old scenario has repeated. The floor covering installer and general contractor butt heads over who will correct the concrete slab prior to floor covering installation. Over and over, we hear the same thing: “It’s the floor guy’s job to prepare his surface (sub-floor) […]

NFCA reflects on a year of success

NFCA recently held its third Annual General Meeting and Fall Social in Vancouver, B.C. NFCA president Rick Wagner of Maxwell Floors talked about the positive strides made in the last year, due in no small part to the continued and greatly valued support from members, partners and sponsors across Canada. Some of the year’s key […]

Specs matter

Managing the end at the beginning Yet another construction manager called me recently, distressed and looking for answers. He shared the details of his situation: Fifty thousand square feet of 5-inch-thick concrete slab poured eight months previously, half of which was on grade, the rest poured into second floor Q -Deck (steel pan). Moisture test […]

NFCA: The right thing

Promoting awareness, understanding and action Since the revitalization of NFCA in 2015, we have been sharing our message with the industry via a multitude of channels — media, trade shows, architectural lunch-and-learns, seminars for flooring and general contractors, building owners and project managers. The overall message underlines the importance of planning the floor covering portion […]

Floor inspectors

A much-needed resource for Canada Floor inspections are not as straightforward as you might think. It’s a trade-within-a-trade, requiring specific training, an inquisitive mind set, an ability to write well and, of course, a character that can refrain from offering conclusions on site and let the report deliver the conclusions. Everyday disputes around floor covering […]

Right spec; right process

Making specifications current and meaningful NFCA had the opportunity to speak to the Ottawa chapter of Construction Specifications of Canada (CSC) on March 20 — an important audience for our industry considering the role CSC plays in delivering written instructions that drive pricing, schedule, conditions and actions on-site. The audience included the full range of […]

A bumpy ride

The sub-floor rollercoaster Sub-floor preparation, and, in particular, leveling work, has always been a source of contention between the flooring contractor and construction manager. The issue of who will perform the work and who will pay for it bears down during late-stage construction when flooring comes onto the scheduling radar. At that point, there is […]

Up-and-running

Does this scenario sound familiar? The floor covering contractor is complaining about poor site conditions, the confusion around who is responsible for what on site and having to fight for legitimate extras. Meanwhile, the construction manager is complaining about flooring contractors rejecting slabs and consultants issuing boilerplate specs. Building owners are caught in the middle, […]