Floor Inspection Checklist

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Published August 20th, 2020

What is a floor inspection checklist?

A floor inspection checklist aids certified flooring inspectors in performing industry standard tests to help determine the quality of flooring work and potential causes of failing floor coverings. With the help of this floor inspection tool, inspectors can help property owners immediately rectify issues, prevent further flooring deterioration, and improve safety in their properties.

Floor Inspections: Why are they Essential?

Floor inspections are requested by homeowners, contractors, attorneys, and property management firms to help pinpoint installation errors, unsuitable site conditions, maintenance issues, and manufacturing defects in flooring installations before they put the integrity of an entire building at risk.

Often a part of pre-purchase inspections for homes and buildings, floor inspection services also serve as a due diligence measure availed by buyers to obtain unbiased information on flooring quality before they decide on purchasing the property. After an inspection, a comprehensive written flooring inspection report is furnished and used in a court of law for litigation.

Most Common Findings in Floor Inspection Reports

A flooring inspection checklist helps flooring detectives to strictly follow an inspection routine and detail identified issues in a flooring inspection report. Here are the most common flooring issues that can be uncovered during a flooring inspection:

Cupping and Crowning

Cupping and crowning can happen when there is excess moisture beneath the boards or there is a very dry environment above it. Cupping occurs when board edges are higher than the center, while crowning is its opposite.


Buckling is identified as an extreme reaction to moisture wherein the floor lifts up completely in one or more parts of the board.


Often discovered in laminate floorings, peaking appears when the flooring planks push each other and cause the joints to to be lifted. It is often a result of expansion pressure in the floor because of the lack of space to do so.

Sinking/Sagging Floors

Sinking or sagging floors, a prevalent issue in older buildings, are often attributed to age. Moisture and water can weaken structural foundations over time and cause the floors to subside or sink into its footprint.


Typical in hardwood floors, gaps normally happen when the wood loses moisture content. These gaps can start to appear once the temperature heats up due to higher humidity.

Squeaky Floors

Squeaky floors are common findings in older properties. It is often caused by unbarred sub-floor structures. They need to be addressed immediately as they can indicate an underlying serious issue. 

Simplify floor inspection reporting with a digital solution

A professional inspector’s floor inspection report helps provide the necessary solutions to ensure that the significant amount of care to flooring is provided both during and after installation. It is crucial that this information be delivered immediately to a property owner, maintenance manager, or potential buyer to help them address flooring problems early on and avoid costly repairs in the future.

With iAuditor by SafetyCulture, flooring inspectors can use digital floor inspection checklists to simplify the entire documentation process – from inspection to reporting. With the iAuditor mobile property inspection app, flooring inspectors can:

  • implement a smoother flooring inspection process with the use of digital flooring inspection checklists;
  • easily capture and attach photos of flooring inspection findings as you perform the inspection;
  • assign flooring inspections through collaborative actions;
  • update flooring inspection checklists via a central device;
  • worry less about losing crucial inspection files and save flooring inspection checklists in iAuditor’s cloud storage; and
  • immediately generate clear and comprehensive flooring inspection reports and easily share results with clients.


John Derick Flores

SafetyCulture Staff Writer

Dirk is a contributing writer for SafetyCulture who has 3+ years of experience being a Safety Officer in an international airline. Over the course of his tenure, he worked on projects involving training management, ramp safety inspections, quality & safety certification audits, and safety promotion programs. Further, he is interested in maximizing the power of technology to help make the world a better place.