As a licensed contractor and certified inspector I’ve participated in many workshops and classes with the NWFA since 2001. These include inspector seminars, report preparation classes and various hands-on trainings featuring industry standard techniques for installation, sanding & refinishing and general jobsite tasks, including training with the proper use and handling of flooring machines, installation tools and the use of stains and finishes.
I have attended classes on the properties of the various species of wood flooring, including exotic flooring like bamboo, Ipe, Brazilian Cherry and domestic material such as maple and oak, and how they differ in installation techniques and performance.
I've attended numerous seminars, classes and online video workshops on the relationship of water to wood, including how moisture acts in substrates such as cement.
I've also studied the milling and manufacturing of wood floor products, including touring mill sites.
I have been an NWFA panelist assigned to review and edit material and language used in the industry standard technical resource literature.
I write articles for the Hardwood Floor Magazine and participate in the wood floor blogs such as unique inspection issues.
I started my own wood floor business in 1984. My love for wood work, which began during wood shop in Junior High school planted a seed for my future career.
Professionally this avocation found its way into the flooring world when a friend had me help him refinish a wood floor as part of his general contracting work. From there, I worked part time for a couple of small local floor companies and began to develop the skills needed to move forward with my own business. Early on I did all the jobs by myself which gave me a real understanding of how the work is done and what to expect.
Through the years I’ve worked with all types of woods, stains, dyes, oils and a variety of finishes.
My inspection business, Floorensiks, developed over the years, due to the requests I began receiving from both customers and colleagues, for evaluations and diagnoses of their various flooring issues.
Although at first I approached these tasks casually, it quickly became clear that, due to the diverse needs and implications of each inspection and each customer, a formal, standardized method was needed. It was at that point that I discovered the NWFA wood flooring inspection program.