All that warping and twisting of Engineered Hardwood Flooring-No Thanks

All that warping and twisting of Engineered Hardwood Flooring-No Thanks

Some Engineered Hardwood Floor Manufacturers are recommending and require their

Engineered wood floors be installed with minimum relative humidity of 35% to

40%. This a relative humidity higher than the minimum required by NWFA of


Maintaining a minimum relative humidity in the Northeast of 35% to 40%

is basically difficult to impossible.  Some Engineered wood floors cannot manage the lower relative humidity and moisture cycles and as a result may warp, twist and/or delaminate.

Some top reasons for these Engineered wood floors not able to endure the moisture cycles of low relative humidity is that the wood flooring is manufactured with inconsistent thickness in plies and that different species used in the plies of the engineered wood flooring.

The Role of a Hardwood Flooring & Carpet Expert Witness

Hardwood Flooring and Carpet Consultants and Experts often play critically important roles in litigation and testifying at a deposition or trial.  The more important or complex the matter, the more likely it is that one or more experts will be involved for each side.

Expert Inspectors/Witnesses in the Flooring and Carpet Industry are individuals with special knowledge, skill, experience, training and/or education that go beyond the experience of ordinary members of the public.  Experts ensure that all testing, analysis and findings leading to conclusions and opinions are based on adequate and accepted procedures within the Standards of that profession.

Expert Witness duties can include:

  • case evaluation,
  • educating counsel,
  • product testing and analysis,
  • prepare evidence,
  • assist in case development,
  • site inspection,
  • testify at a deposition or trial.

An Expert Witness is an individual who is recognized by a Court as an authority on a topic and who has knowledge beyond the average person.   In order to be accepted as an Expert Witness, the witness must generally present his or her qualifications on the stand so that the judge and jury understand what sets the witness apart from other witnesses.  Expert Witnesses provide factual information and analysis which may be beneficial to a case.

Elite Consultant’s Experience
The Experts role will vary from case to case.   Elite Consultants has served solely as a Consultant to the Lawyer and remain in the background.   At other times we will be used in the pre-trial stages, perhaps to give an affidavit supporting an element of the case.  In addition, Elite may serve solely as an expert witness at trial.  Occasionally, we will play a combination of these roles.

Call Elite Consultants for immediate assistance at 516-887-5437,  send us an email or complete ourcontact form and someone will get back to you right away.

Hardwood Floor, Laminate, Hard Surface or Carpet Claim Turned Down?

Do you have a turned down hardwood flooring claim or have a warranty issue? Are you an Insurance Company needing to know if a hardwood floor, carpet or hard surface claim had previous damage? Builder or Architect in need of a pre-installation inspection or moisture test?

Are you a consumer who purchased defective carpet or hardwood flooring and don’t know where to turn?  A Certified Inspection Company may be able to help you!

Certified Inspection Companies serve as an independent unbiased third party specializing in residential and commercial hardwood flooring inspections, hard surface and carpet disputes and resolution services.

Certified Inspectors can help consumers, insurance companies, contractors, architects, and attorneys identify hardwood flooring, carpet and hard surface problems including defects and provide a solution.

Our Inspection Services include:

  • Perform an on-site inspection
  • Obtain a chronological history of the flooring installation
  • List detailed observations of the problem areas
  • Perform field tests and record results
  • Collect samples for lab testing, if applicable
  • Photograph areas of concern
  • Prepare a written report (see below)

Written Report Includes Description of Defective Flooring Complaint/Concern –

  • Job site description
  • Product description
  • Claim history
  • Observation and Analysis
  • Field and/or lab test results
  • Applicable Industry and/or Manufacturer Standards
  • Conclusion based on collected data and field tests
  • Responsible party and Correction recommendation if requested

Three Different Types of Flooring Inspections Available.

  1. Written inspection—An inspection is conducted and results are given to the commissioning party in a written report. A written inspection is needed if the commissioning party needs support for a court case or mediation.
  2. Verbal inspection—An inspection is conducted and the results are given to the client verbally. A verbal inspection can be performed when the commissioning party only requires party responsibility for the problem.
  3. Inspection rebuttal—A client/commissioning party may have had one or more prior inspections that do not appear fact based or accurate. A third party inspection rebuttal can point out inaccurate information in prior reports and/or can introduce new facts and conclusions.

Call Elite Consultants for immediate assistance at 516-887-5437,  send us an email or complete our contact form and someone will get back to you right away.

IICRC Forms S600 Consensus Body Standard Committee

VANCOUVER, Wash. (October 20, 2009) – The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) announces the formation of the Consensus Body Standard Committee for the S600 Carpet Installation Standard and Reference Guide. The committee, co-chaired by James Mullins of Shaw Industries and Barry Costa of Aspire Educational Institute, is responsible for drafting the carpet installation standard.

“This committee is made up of people directly and materially affected by the standard,” said vice-chair Barry Costa. “After reviewing more than 100 written applications for membership consideration for the consensus body, we are confident that we have a strong committee representing all areas of the carpet chain.”

The 22-member consensus body will meet approximately four times per year, and most of the work will be done online and via conference calls. The first in-person meeting took place Oct. 12 – 13, 2009 in Atlanta and continues through 2010 into 2011.

The new standard for carpet installation is being sponsored by the World Floor Covering Association (WFCA) and the Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI). Timeline for its completion is 36 months.

Dave Barkstedt of Elite Consultants, Inc. was selected from more than 100 carpet professionals as a voting consensus board member of the Consensus Body Standard Committee for the S600 Carpet Installation Standard and Reference Guide.