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Wood Floor Inspections and Consultations: Why Choose a NWFA Certified Inspector?

Hardwood flooring inspections are becoming a big business with the increased number of wood floors professionals find being installed in many homes today. How do you know you may need an inspector? Can’t you just call an ordinary home inspector? In recent years wood flooring has come under a lot of scrutiny. Consumers expect more out of them due to the cost involved. You may be lucky to find a house inspector that has some knowledge, but it is recommended you call in the guidance of one that has been through the schooling, classes, and certification.

Certified Inspectors

The National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) organized their inspection certification program in 1998. Chief reasons included creating a credible program where consumers could turn for expert aid in assessing related installation and refinishing problems.

Becoming a certified inspector requires knowledge of the industry, wood properties, and ability to assess problems. Candidates must pass a group of written exams. Upon completion a provisional certification is provided. During this period everyone must complete five inspections that are then sent to the NWFA inspection committee for approval.

What Exactly Does a Hardwood Inspector Do?

A hardwood floor inspector is an independent consultant. He or she collects data of the products used, timelines from point of original installation, records observations, takes photographs and handles field testing to evaluate the problem. Often in the case of wood flooring, moisture meters are used.

When completing a report of the problems, items on the report include the obvious problem focus, product and installation or finishing area description, industry standards, and recommendations.

What Costs Can I Expect to Pay?

This can vary wildly depending on the extent of the problem. However minimum inspections can run as low as $2500 for most product failures are a result of installation error, or the installer or finisher overlooking fundamental factors they should be aware of when it comes to wood floors. Consumers may be able to recognize whether an inspection is necessary by reading our page to avoid problems before they start.

How Long Does It Take to Get a Report?

Times will vary, but one to three weeks is common. Before you consider an inspector, causes for failure may be more obvious than you think.

Luxury Wood NYC is internationally recognized as an expert consulting firm supplying a comprehensive solution to your wood floor challenges through testing, technical and scientific answers and solutions. The firm handles project consultation, wood floor inspections and written reports, inspection rebuttals, education classes, expert testimony, and integrated job-site solutions.

Our Certified Professionals meet stringent requirements, which include industry experience, taking part in required training programs and continuing education, along with rigorous testing. Our professionals are amongst the top industry experts in the United States of America.

Manufacturers, suppliers, private clients, litigators and insurance companies all choose Luxury Wood NYC to solve or prevent complex challenges through consulting, wood floor inspections, technical support and education.

Joe Avila Flooring Consulting

We supply wood floor consultation services for new development projects, as well as existing structures in need of troubleshooting and expert evaluation of wood floors. Through our consulting services, we can support developers and architects with expert knowledge and informed guidance. With proper flooring system designs, informed material selections, and well executed installations, incidents of flooring failures can be greatly reduced.

  • Expert advice

  • Aid in specification development

  • Value engineering

  • Material selection

  • Qualifying of contractors and suppliers

  • On-site inspections

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Many of the projects National Wood Floor Consultants completes whether it’s pre-construction consulting or inspections takes us to projects all over North America. Our clients expect the quality of their wood floor to perform as it was intended. The consulting projects involve meeting with clients during the design-build process and review of all the construction, wood flooring specifications, environmental and subfloor testing requirements. Once the wood floor type is selected, we work closely with the installation team to ensure the best possible installation.


When the flooring fails whether it’s for one reason or another, we work closely with the insurance companies' construction defect teams or law firms preparing for a construction defect case.

As a NWFA Certified Inspector, we have completed a detailed forensic investigation to find the causation of flooring failure.

Once the investigating is complete, we compile a comprehensive investigative report.

Our Consulting Includes

  • Design Consulting

  • Specification Development

  • Project Management

  • Quality Assurance Inspections

  • Floor Failure Prevention

  • New Project Scope Development

  • Failure Investigation

  • Materials Consulting

  • Document Review

  • Floor Manufacturer Specifications

  • Finished Manufacturer Specifications

  • Adhesive Manufacturer Specifications

  • Construction Documents

  • Design Documents

  • Repair or Rehabilitation

  • Nondestructive Testing

  • Litigation Consultation

  • Lab Services

  • Destructive Lab Testing

Joe Avila Floor Consulting Changing realities continually reshape the building industry. Competitive pressures and economic constraints demand that knowledge of key trends and solid practices be applied to all aspects of construction. Whether a new building or restoration, the success of every enterprise, large or small, depends on carefully managed attention to detail.

The flooring system is a major cost element in any construction or restoration project. Floors are more complex than they appear. As part of the developer’s due diligence in value engineering it’s essential to analyze the design and specifications of flooring systems before work begins. Troubles after the fact can be economically disastrous. Flooring problems that look unsightly may affect proper equipment functioning and compromise the integrity of an entire structure.

Joe Avila has a keen knowledge of concrete leveling and sub floor systems. In modern high-rise buildings, where sound attenuation has become a necessity, this ability is essential to the success of the flooring installation. If the concrete slab isn’t leveled to a maximum deviation not exceeding 1/8 inch in any 10-foot radius, the floor may fail. As to the sub floor, creating an effective sound-deadening system requires knowledge in combining the most proper materials and methods.

Joe Avila Consulting offers a solution to potential problems, including:

  • Over forty years of technical expertise in the analysis and structural design of entire flooring systems, from concrete slabs to finishing.

  • A wide range of experience in consulting for new projects as well as troubleshooting flooring problems and failures.

  • Expertise in the supply chain of hardwoods, from forest sources to wholesaler to distributor to mill.

  • The skill, knowledge, creativity and record of accomplishment to advise on all aspects of flooring construction and installation.

  • The experience of supplying practical solutions for all wood flooring issues and problems.

Joe Avila is a time-tested expert in all aspects of hardwood flooring and has consulted on major building projects in New York Cit. Joe Avila is the founder and president of Joe Avila Flooring Consultants, Inc. and The Joe Avila Flooring Company, Inc., established in New York City over 20 years ago.

Mr. Avila is an acknowledged expert in all aspects of hardwood flooring, both commercial and residential, including:

  • Specifying hardwood flooring systems from sub floor to finishing

  • Wood types and species, domestic and imported

  • Sourcing the wood supply chain from forest to mill to job site

  • Performance characteristics of all wood types, including seasonal variations and moisture content

  • Wood product evaluation for both solid and engineered wood

  • Sound installation practices focusing on problem avoidance

  • Post installation troubleshooting, particularly in assessing and solving performance problems in all types of wood flooring systems.

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