The National Oak Flooring Manufacturers Association has endorsed plans to develop a program to train and certify hardwood flooring inspectors.

The National Oak Flooring Manufacturers Association (NOFMA) has endorsed plans to develop a program to train and certify hardwood flooring inspectors. The move makes NOFMA the first organization in the flooring industry to address the growing need for third-party inspectors to evaluate hardwood flooring conditions, particularly as the relate to disputes, the association says.

"Until now, homeowners had nowhere to turn when faced with issues surrounding the performance of the hardwood floors in their home," Steve Elberg, NOFMA executive vice president, said. "With this program, there will be a credible third-party resource where homeowners can go for answers."

NOFMA's new program is intended to alleviate the frustration felt by the homeowner when an issue arises, the association says. The program will target floor covering inspectors and home inspectors, recruiting them to serve as Certified Flooring Inspectors.

Program development will occur in the first half of 2001, with implementation occuring in late 2001 or early 2002. To ensure the program is representative of all facets of the industry, NOFMA will work with other trade groups in developing the training process and curriculum.