With new home inspections becoming more popular it is very important that the inspector reviews manufacturers installation instructions. One would assume that builder’s would be installing products to manufacturers specs and current B.C. Building Code but unfortunately it’s just not the case. In this new home the specifications were reviewed which found the manufacturers installation instructions specifically state that this flooring must not be installed in bathrooms as this will void the product warranty. Also the manufacturer states that the cabinets and island must be installed prior or laying the flooring. The island had been installed over top of the floor which would also void the product warranty as expansion contraction would be limited. This concern was brought to the builders attention and the flooring was replaced.
While inspecting a home I never look past even the smallest details as this could be a potential concern for my clients. My only goal is to provide my clients with all the information needed to make an informed decision on the potential purchase. This particular inspection reminded me that everyone is different and my approach to the inspection process must always remain independent from the real estate transaction.