WOOD FLOORING STAMPS - a picture says a thousand words.
Some things make sense. Other things don't.
Going into a house for a pre-drywall inspection, and looking UP at the UNDERSIDE of the third level flooring, I saw this. ------>
What can I say?
My clients, from another country, are counting on me to inform them as to what they are buying.
THEY TRUST ME.
What would you say to them?
They were told the stamp doesn't matter! Okaaay...
- I explained what Oriented Strand Board is (OSB).
- I explained the manufacturer's limited warranty. If you look up OSB warranties, manufacturers want their product "strictly installed to [the manufacturer's] instructions," and say things like, "for best results," "only when instructions are followed," "any improper and incompatible installation," "any misapplication," "any failure to comply with manufacturer's installation instructions," and the like. Warranties can be made null and void by improper whatever.
- I explained that the flooring has a tongue and groove, and that is intended to fit together a particular way to allow for expansion and to prevent buckling and humps.
- I explained that one side of the flooring handles glue better, so when the floors are glued and nailed they perform better to avoid future squeaks and delamination.
- I explained that some flooring has drain holes depending on where it is installed and that the flooring has to be installed a certain way for those holes to function properly.
- I explained that the stamp is there for various reasons.
And I said that they have a photograph and should bring this up to the builder. On the main level all the stamps faced up. On the upper level they did not. Why? Different crew? No reado goodo?
I said to them, "A picture says a thousand words."
My recommendation: sometimes a home inspector has to be geeky with his clients to make a point. There are reasons for things - slope, proper connections, the right materials, support, angles - you name it! And there are reasons for stamps on materials - roofing, walls, flooring, decking, windows - you name it! It is simply best in life to follow the instructions! And when you don't, consequences can follow. I can hardly wait to hear what happens here!
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560