IICRC publishes new standard for hard surface floor coverings

IICRC releases new American national standard for professional inspection of hard surface floor coverings.

The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) has published a new American national standard ANSI/IICRC S220 Standard for Professional Inspection of Hard Surface Floor Coverings.

ANSI/IICRC S220 details the nondestructive procedures, methods, and systems for professional inspectors to follow when inspecting light commercial and residential hard surface floor coverings.

The standard covers stone, laminate, prefinished wood, ceramic, and resilient coverings but does not include the protocols and procedures for floor covering installation.

The standard does not specifically address the protocols and procedures for installing hard surface floor coverings.

Professional inspection of hard surface floor coverings consists of the following components for which procedures are described in the ANSI/IICRC S220 standard:

  • Professional hard surface floor covering inspector
  • Commissioning parties
  • Writing inspection reports
  • Inspection tools and equipment
  • Photography
  • Chain of custody, storage, and handling
  • Wood flooring inspection
  • Laminate flooring inspection
  •  Stone, ceramic flooring inspection
  • Resilient flooring inspection
  • Limitations, complexities, complications and conflicts

Jessica Violand Bruno, S220 standard consensus body chair, said the S220 is the first document of its kind by the IICRC and ANSI.

“The importance of the S220 is to give the industry a resource for what goes into a hard surface flooring inspection. This is an invaluable resource to all in the floor covering industry,” said Violand Bruno.

The IICRC is a global standards developing organisation (SDO), accredited through the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), as well as a credentialing body that certifies individuals in 20+ categories within the inspection, cleaning, and restoration industries.

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