1. REQUIREMENTS
    1. All floor coverings must be asbestos free.
    2. Material manufactured overseas shall be certified to be asbestos free prior to delivery. Low VOC adhesives shall be used for flooring installation.
    3. Indoor hallways, classrooms, elevators, dining rooms -- vinyl tile, rubber, terrazzo, polished concrete, or linoleum flooring. Restrooms -- Ceramic or seamless flooring.  Modular carpet is acceptable in classrooms needing acoustic dampening.
    4. Resilient Flooring: Chemical-use laboratories, glass wash or other areas where liquids are used or stored shall have watertight flooring. Provide seam sealed sheet vinyl or linoleum flooring or equivalent with at least a 4-inch continuous cove. Flooring material to be compatible with the chemicals or other materials to be used or stored and to be a tested and recognized flooring material for the anticipated use.
    5. Modular carpet (carpet tiles) should be used. No wall-to-wall carpet shall be installed. The number of transitions from hard to soft flooring shall be minimized. Avoid installing carpet on concrete below grade, or on basement floors, or in high use hallways. Carpet tiles in high traffic areas need to be glued down.
    6. Color will be determined on a case by case basis; however, attempts should be made to coordinate the existing color scheme. Extra materials overage of 2-5% will be provided. Materials should require minimum maintenance and should comply with industry cleaning standards methods.
    7. No raised flooring floor coverings.
    8. Underlayment: Follow the manufacturer’s requirements where wood underlayment is required under carpet, or sheet goods. Engineered plywood underlayment with screw anchoring minimum 12” on center (O.C.) in field and minimum 10” O.C. at seams and edges.
    9. Polished or stained concrete in public areas shall be considered. Unfinished or unsealed concrete flooring or stairways are prohibited inside buildings.
    10.  Concrete sealer shall be applied to concrete slabs where fully adhered modular carpet, resilient flooring or tile will be installed. No sealer is required of other floor coverings.
    11. Flooring choices must take into consideration traction and slip-resistant properties to minimize incidents.
    12. Stair treads:  Provide non slip color contrast material at stair nosing per ADA standards. Flat and smooth rubber tile or sheet flooring is preferred; no raised disc or dots.
    13. Walk-off mat systems: integral to a recessed floor require Owner approval.  If approved, the walk-off mats are to be Contractor Furnished Contractor Installed (CFCI).
Last Updated: 
01/30/2020