Seldom are the floors of a home perfectly level. It is not uncommon for the foundation to be a little out of level or for the framing to be the reason for a floor not being level.
- Sloping floors
- Wavy floors
Floors that slope are generally not a major problem and are a common occurrence. Homes in areas with expansive soils or built on soil that settled a little will often have a floor that slopes. A number of engineers feel that if the homes floor is out of level less than 1 inch in 20 feet, there is little to worry.
Naturally, if the home has settled or the soil has heaved a little, then there may be cracking noted in the walls, slabs or exterior, or doors may stick or be self-closing. These issues, unless significant, are generally a maintenance issue or cosmetic in nature.
iPhone app’s and laser levels
If a buyer wants to do some self-checking, there are iPhone type applications that act as a digital level, and many of these are free.
These digital levels help to check if a floor is level, however, they are not as good as using a laser type of level, because the laser level will shoot a beam clear across a room which gives a more meaningful measure. Just checking one small local spot with the phone can be misleading.
Who to consult? Start with a flooring contractor.
Most home owners just live with floors that are un-level, which is very common. When more information is desired about a floor being un-level, it is wise to start with a knowledgeable flooring contractor.