The Importance of Evaluating Flooring

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The floors are important to many interested buyers, but this component of the house offers more than just a pleasing aesthetic. Here, we share the details on why this part of the home is so essential to structural integrity and what your inspector will look for.

The Floor’s Function 

When house hunting, it’s nice to see a property that boasts gleaming hardwood or tile flooring. However, there’s more than meets the eye—while the floor may look excellent at first glance, a home inspector may be able to reveal hidden structural problems after examining the crawl space. A well-constructed property must have an expertly crafted floor structure that complies with building codes. While a home inspection isn’t the same as a code inspection, your home evaluator will likely be able to point out issues with the following flooring factors.

Floor Strength 

There are two primary types of floor construction: suspended floors made of wood, and floors that lie on top of a concrete slab. It’s common for most Colorado houses to have framing over a basement or crawlspace rather than post tension slabs. Regardless of the type that’s installed in the home that you’re selling or considering buying, it’s vital to schedule an inspection. During this step, the inspector will examine the strength of the floor and take note of any soft spots. In some cases, the presence of a soft spot indicates rotting wood or an infestation of harmful insects. If there’s a crawl space available, the home evaluator will closely scrutinize the area and point out any structural flaws. In our state, problems with non-structural concrete flooring are usually seen in the basement slab, garage, or walkway.

Rigidity and Slope of the Flooring 

If the flooring is too flexible, it’s possible for the floorboards to break or become unstable. During the process of checking this area, your inspector will examine the maximum allowable deflection of the joist, as illustrated in this article. 

While strength and rigidity are indicators of high quality flooring, the slope is even more critical. If the slope angle is incorrect, the floor won’t be able to support a sufficient amount of weight. A dip in the floor will likely be noticeable, but it’s still wise to have the property examined from top to bottom. A qualified evaluator will notice subtle issues that could interfere with the structural integrity of the property.

If you’re ready to move forward in the buying or selling process, our team at Homerun Inspection is here to help. Based in Denver, we offer outstanding service from certified inspectors. To schedule an evaluation, please give us a call or book an appointment online.

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