Last month's article outlined how to use your proposal and the RFI process to initiate the essential congruence between the floor specified by the designer and the one expected by the owner. Because everyone, except the flatwork subcontractor, is quite content with the current liability situation (i.e. all problems are automatically presumed to be the fault of the installer), a substantial new inducement will be required to restructure the system.

In the fifth inning of the third game of the 1932 World Series, standing at home plate in Wrigley Field, the Babe boldly “called his shot” and then promptly sent the next pitch screaming 450 feet out to Old Glory waving in centerfield.

Rule No. 2b requires you to predict the floor's future to the owner before it is installed—literally, for you to call your shot. Because you're going to be blamed for everything bad that happens anyway, it is very much in your long-term interest to take full advantage of your present abjection by committing formally to what you will and will not guarantee.

Rule No. 4: Prior to the preslab meeting, proffer a formal detailed floor performance warranty based strictly upon what you know the floor is going to do, not upon what the owner thinks the floor is going to do.

Such a preemptive warranty costs nothing, because guaranteeing the inevitable amounts to giving ice away in the winter. It is also an extremely attractive and effective means for focusing attention on the subject most critical to everyone's success: what the floor is really going to look like and how it's really going to behave.

The Limited Two-Year Concrete Floor Performance Warranty is a sample warranty for a closely jointed floor. The items in red are variables dependent on your project. Start using it now on every job.