1. The installer is the final quality inspector.
Defective boards “scrap” should be set aside or relocated to hidden places (such as a closet) by the installer. If a board has an unacceptable defect (hole, split, crack, etc.) the installer should cut it out or set it aside.
i. On average, 5% of any wood floor purchased from any manufacturer may need to be set aside. Some species like Australian Cypress may have a larger expected scrap ratio due to the characteristics of the species. Replace these boards using the added 5 to 10% of material ordered for the job.
ii. If you have a higher than average scrap rate and are unable to complete your installation, take samples to the store nearest you.
iii. The use of stain, touch-up pen or filler stick for correction during installation is accepted as normal procedure.
iv. Generally, a minimum of 5% must be added to the actual square footage needed as allowance for cutting waste for domestic woods and 8-10% for exotics.
2. “Racking Out” the floor or laying out each piece allows the installer to visually inspect the flooring for imperfections that can be cut out or adjustments made before installing.
3. “Repairs” – Always keep a partial box from your initial installation for any future repairs or board replacement.
4. “Touch-up markers” or color filler sticks used for correcting nicks or chips during and after pre-finished wood installation is a normal procedure.