With so many options today, choosing a company to install or refinish your wood flooring is not an easy task. But the National Wood Flooring Association and the World Floor Covering Association can make that decision a little easier. Both non-partisan associations provide education and certification programs for wood flooring specialists, which differentiates the true professionals from the rest of the pack.
As a respected member of the National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA), Sequoia founder Gary Dessert has completed both of the industry organization’s rigorous Craftsman and Installation/Finishing certifications. Gary and his highly skilled staff also continually update their knowledge on state-of-the-art techniques through the World Floor Covering Association (WFCA), another industry association that provides education and certification programs.
So why are these classes and trainings important for you as a consumer? Here are 4 benefits you’ll gain from hiring certified wood flooring specialists like Sequoia:
To earn these NWFA designations, Gary had to complete written as well as hands-on testing to demonstrate his skills to fellow industry professionals. That’s always more demanding than showing competence to anyone else – the testers are intimately familiar with best practices in the wood flooring industry and cannot be fooled! A certified wood flooring specialist has demonstrated his or her skills to industry masters and cannot use the certified label without passing the organizations’ rigorous testing.
Both NWFA and WFCA require continuing education classes in order to maintain certifications in good standing. Wood flooring products and techniques change over time, and it is essential for certified professionals to be current on the state of the art in their specialty area. This is especially true with some of the newer “green” products that react differently than older products. For example, Bamboo flooring is gaining in popularity and it is important for the installation technician to know about common problems with the material and how to avoid them in advance.
While it’s true that many Do-It-Yourselfers can install a wood floor, they do not have the depth of knowledge required in special circumstances. Certified installers for example have extensive training in how to test for moisture in wood or concrete subflooring and make modifications that will impact the life of your new floor. This extra information ensures that you won’t have issues down the road.
Time and Cost Savings
Certified wood flooring specialists will also save you time and money. With proper training, installation and finishing will be done right the first time. You won’t need repairs or fixes to correct errors. The quality that comes from a certified professional is obvious when you see your new floor, and it is that quality in which a true wood flooring craftsman takes pride.
So, when choosing a flooring company, for the best result only go with the elite group of fully Certified wood flooring Professionals. Contact us today to learn more.