A floor covering expert inspector is an individual or company you may wish to contact if you have a concern with your carpet, laminate, hardwood or other flooring A floor covering inspector checks, evaluates and provides testing of flooring products and installations to determine why they may not be meeting the expectations of the end user. Following an in depth inspection and onsite testing inspectors prepare a comprehensive inspection report as to what they have found.
Choosing The Right Floor Covering Inspector
An independent floor covering expert inspector such as Kevin Weinheimer or Terry Weinheimer of The Weinheimer Group will regularly perform inspections, testing and evaluations for floor covering manufacturers when there is a warranty issue. When a consumer believes that they have an issue that should be covered by the manufacturer, contractor, dealer, installer or other and they are not getting anywhere with their supplier can also contact The Weinheimer Group or another qualified floor covering inspector or flooring inspection company directly.
Floor Covering Inspector Certification
Floor covering inspector qualification is important. There are a number of floor covering inspector certification organizations that primarily deal with different floor covering products such as wood, laminate and carpet. You will want to ask a floor covering inspector about their certification from organizations such as NWFA, CFI, IICRC and FCITS. Certification and good training are not the only assurances you want when looking for a floor covering inspector. You want to know that they are floorcovering experts in their field as inspector training is not enough if they lack experience, therefore experience becomes a very important factor. Is the inspector a member of trade organizations such as WFCA – World Floor Covering Association, CFI – International Certified Floorcovering Installers Association, NWFA – National Wood Flooring Association or NICFI – National Institute of Certified Floorcovering Inspectors. Top inspectors such as those of the Weinheimer Group will almost always belong to these organizations.
You could ask for a sample floor report. There are different type of flooring inspections such as cork, laminate, VCT, linoleum, vinyl floors, hardwood, bamboo, softwood and specialty floor coverings. Therefore you would request a sample report that deals with the type of floor that you will be needing inspected. By viewing a report you will get an idea if they are reporting facts or are actually reporting useless information which is of no value.
Checking references or past clients would also provide you an insight or understanding on how the floor covering inspectors would operate. You could also take a look at their CV (resume) as this will show their background and qualifications as a floor covering inspector.
Floor covering inspectors use a number of instruments when evaluating a carpet, wood or other floor. You may wish to ask about the types of tests that the inspector may be making in doing his or her evaluation. An inspector that is not taking advantage of the new technologies and instruments is probably not going to do a thorough inspection.
After considering the qualifications, experiences, and other aspects, the last thing that you would have to consider is the price. There are flooring inspectors who would actually be offering lower service fees than others. Usually, the best inspectors are not the least expensive. If you really want to have the best service, you would usually have to pay a bit more.
While the average fee for a floor covering inspection is usually between $200 to $500, there are times when the service will cost you $1,000 or more depending on factors such as the inspection size, type of floor and the types of testing that will be required. Keep in mind that the information that the floor covering inspector is providing is usually an inexpensive investment when you are attempting to settle a claim on a product and installation that likely costs many times the cost of an inspection. There is a saying that is as true today as it was over 80 years ago when James H. Weinheimer placed on all of his advertising, “Price is soon for gotten but quality still remains!”