When a flooring inspection is performed by certified experts such as those of The Weinheimer Group, a thorough inspection process should be expected. The person or company ordering and paying for the inspection, may choose to limit the scope of the inspection process depending upon their reason for having the flooring inspected. While an expert inspector will still perform a thorough hardwood, carpet, laminate or other flooring inspection it will be limited to that scope.
Why is a Flooring Inspection Performed?
- A flooring inspection may be ordered for different reasons. As a homeowner or property owner you may have a carpet, hardwood, laminate or specialty floor that is not performing properly and want to know who is responsible for this failure.
- A home or property owner that commissions an inspection might ask to have everything from the product to the installation thoroughly investigated and tested.
- If a flooring installation company has commissioned the flooring inspection they may only want to know if the installation was performed to industry standard.
- A manufacturer might commission the inspector to only test for and investigate concerns as it relates to manufacturing or they may be looking for the cause of a flooring failure be it product, site, installation, specification, maintenance or abuse.
- A commissioning party may also want to know if the end users expectations are too great for the product and the environment in which it is installed.
As one can see, while a flooring inspection may be thorough, the thoroughness may be limited to the concerns that are being addressed.
Flooring Inspection and Inspector Knowledge
- The knowledge of a retailer, decorator or contractor is often limited to their personal experience and what they hear about a product from the manufacturers sales person or their customers.
- The knowledge of a flooring installer is usually limited to the installation of the product and their personal experiences.
- An experienced, expert floor covering inspector such as Kevin Weinheimer and Terry Weinheimer is trained to know the ins-and-outs of how flooring products are intended to function.
Professional flooring Inspection companies should have certified flooring inspectors who are certified by associations such as CFI, IICRC, NWFA, NFIC, FCITS. The Weinheimer’s have been trained and/or certified by these organizations. Terry and Kevin regularly attend conferences, updates, training and conventions to keep abreast of the most recent changes in products and the latest techniques in structural, environmental and maintenance concerns. The Weinheimer’s know what and what will not affect the performance of a flooring product or flooring installation and understand the cause and extent of why flooring systems can fail. This in depth training gives The Weinheimer Group and other qualified inspector experts an edge when it comes to solving floor covering problems.