Ed Korczak is the Executive Director/CEO of the National Wood Flooring Association. Since joining the association in 1994, Korczak has grown the NWFA's membership from 800 to 4,100-plus member companies. Korczak was also instrumental in developing the NWFA's installation guidelines, technical training programs, and annual convention.
When most people think about wood
flooring installations, they generally think about residential applications,
but there is another lucrative market out there that cannot be ignored: the
nonresidential, or commercial, sector.
For months now, the media has been
bombarding us all with messages about the dismal state of the U.S. economy.
There is no doubt that times are tough for many businesses in our industry
right now, and the reasons are fairly obvious. Many U.S. consumers are paying more for
everyday essentials – items like food, clothing, and gasoline – which leaves
less money available for discretionary spending. Compounding the problem is
that many people also are facing potential layoffs and work cutbacks, which
makes them more cautious about nonessential spending. At the same time, the
downturn in the U.S.
housing market has left many homeowners unable to sell their home, or even to
afford the one that they currently live in. For the majority of U.S. consumers,
however, the economic situation is more of an inconvenience than a
life-altering event. Most of us simply will choose to stay in our homes longer
and to eat out less often than we have in recent years. Still, despite all the
gloom and doom, consumers are spending.
in the building, construction and remodeling industry is familiar with the old
adage “Measure twice and cut once.” This common sense approach reminds all of
us to take the steps necessary to avoid mistakes up front and do the job right
the first time.
most people think about installing wood floors, they typically envision a
hammer, nails and a lot of back-breaking work. The reality, however, is that
there are several options available for installing wood floors, and choosing
which is the most appropriate method will depend on the type of flooring being
used, whether the floor will be installed above or below grade, and the type of
material being used for the subfloor.
Ask any wood flooring contractor what the number one problem he or she encounters on the job is, and most will answer “moisture.” Excess moisture can cause a variety of problems with wood floors, whether the moisture originates from an environmental source, or from a flood caused by a malfunctioning appliance or unattended window.