A floor covering inspector is an individual or company that inspects flooring products and installation to determine if the product or its installation have failed or it is performing normally. You may need this service and have just learned that they are available. You spent a lot of money only to see your floor covering investment failing.
The manufacturer of your flooring may have had the product inspected. Unfortunately, not every floor covering inspector has the experience to properly diagnose your flooring problems. Many flooring inspectors are excellent and some are no more than a hired gun for the company that hired them. With over 50 years of combined inspection experience we regularly view reports from inspectors and have seen it all.
Choosing The Right Floor Covering Inspector
An independent 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.
Certified experts such as Kevin Weinheimer or Terry Weinheimer of The Weinheimer Group regularly perform inspections, testing and evaluations for floor covering manufacturers. With this manufacturing background, we also conduct inspection directly for the end user that has a potential warranty issue.
When a consumer believes that they have an issue that should be covered by the manufacturer, contractor, dealer, installer or other and getting nowhere, they contact the Weinheimer Group or another qualified inspector. Following are a few tips at choosing the right floor covering inspector.
Floor Covering Inspector Qualification
Floor covering inspector qualification is important. There are several floor covering inspector certification organizations that 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, NALFA, 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 experts in their field. 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. The Weinheimer Group and other top inspection companies will belong to trade organizations.
Checking references or past clients would also provide you an insight or understanding on how the floor covering inspectors would operate. You could also look at their CV (resume) as this will show their background and qualifications as a floor covering inspector.
Floor covering inspectors use several instruments when evaluating a carpet, wood or other floor. You may wish to ask about the types of tests that the inspector make 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, experience, and other aspects, the last thing that you need to consider is price. The average fee for a floor covering, inspection is between $300 to $600 depending upon the scope of the project. At times the service may cost more contingent on factors such as travel, inspection size, type of floor and the types of testing required. Usually, the best inspectors are not the least expensive. If you really want to have the best service, you may have to pay a bit more.
The information that the floor covering inspector provides is usually an inexpensive investment when you are attempting to settle a claim. The product and installation 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, that James H. Weinheimer placed on his advertising, “Price is soon for gotten but quality still remains!”