It might not to some, but it does to some clients.
and if it is reported as hard wood and it is not , You could have a upset client and a possible claim to change the floor .
That more important to know what you are looking at, ,Roy, before you make the statement to a client.
If you don’t know, one leaves it alone. Then the client might say, I thought that is what I hired you for.
Seems to me some here need to research before making misleading statements that do more to harm inspectors on clients than help them.
Whether real planks or laminate boards, MOST wood flooring options are considered Hardwoods (or have at least partial hardwood material content).
Laminate flooring is made of several different layers of material. The core of a laminate plank or board is made from fiberboard, which is similar to plywood. The fiberboard layers are often treated with a resinous bonding agent to strengthen the wood.
Wear layer – A clear, top layer that provides resistance to stains and fading Design layer – A high resolution, highly-detailed photographic image that realistically captures the look of genuine wood Inner core – HydraCore™/HydraCore Plus is a moisture resistant HDF (High Density Fiberboard) to provide stability, durability, moisture resistance, and sound absorption. Backing – A moisture barrier backing that protects the floor from warping
I would agree with you if you had just said ‘wood’ mdf hdf etc., is most likely made from softwood, coniferous trees.
In my experience the ones it matters too have already figured it out.
But in 14 years of not reporting on the floor “Covering” (unless it is damaged) what do I know?
So you don’t note the condition of the floor finishes?
Not so much. I take a picture in each room to cover my *** and mostly write this…
Unless of course there are “significant” defects…
So when there is a defect, you must tell them what kind of floor it is at the time and still err in the type of floor if you don’t know what it is by finding clues. Right?
Something like that.
A lot of times the during the walk-trough the client/s and I will discuss the type of material used for the floor covering.
As you pointed out already, I also will look at the patterns in the floor to decide between wood/laminate/tile.
But for the most part in a used house the floor covering needs to be beat up to get a mention.
New homes today are mostly Laminate or vinyl plank flooring anyway. Hard wood is too expensive.
And like you say, an older home would be likely real hardwood, and the defects or worn areas are usually prominent.
Well in the Arizona Standards Of Practice we don’t report on floors. Floor coverings are considered cosmetic and everyone has their own opinion.
I add to my report, There are floor coverings installed and they are serving their purpose.
Full hardwoods are laid, gaps filled, sanded, stained, and finished. This gaps between the boards are not highly visible.
Manufactured flooring is pre-finished, so gaps between are much more distinct. Typically a manufactured wood floor has about 3/16 in real wood on top of a particle board substrate.
Name one that I can’t run my fingernail over and not be able to tell if there is a joint.
That’s not necessarily true. The surface layer of my floors extend all the way to the tongue. They cost more than the same grade dimensional which also cannot be refinished passed the tongue.
Best not to speculate on flooring material. Leave it to the seller and agent.
it appears You may not be familiar with the term eased edge…