About Us

Flooring inspections

If you are here, looking at this, you probably have a flooring problem.  Don't worry, stuff happens.  I can help you.  The questions are "What is happening?, Why is it happening? and Who is responsible?"  These are the questions that I help answer for you.  I have been doing inspections for 30 years and am trained and certified in all flooring types including plain concrete!

Moisture testing

I am trained and certified to perform ASTM F2170 RH in situ and ASTM F1869 CaCl moisture testing.  I also have a number of different meters for both wood and concrete subfloors to perform instant qualitative analysis of moisture in subfloors.


I provide onsite and remote consulting prior to installation or specification of flooring products.   I have also been an expert witness many times throughout the state of Florida.  Please check out my CV below.


Curiculum Vitae





Education & Training:

2020 NWFA Inspector Review Board

 2019 NWFA Recertification 

 2019  FCITS Recertification

2018  N.W.F.A. Expo and Recertification

 2018 N.A.L.F.A Recertification

 2017 F.C.I.T.S. Recertification and Expo

  2016 NWFA Expo and Recertification

 2015 F.C.I.T.S. Expo and Recertification

 2015 N.W.F.A. Expo and recertification

 2015 N.A.L.F.A. Certification

 2014 F.A.C.E. Flatness testing certification

 2014 I.C.R.I. Moisture Test Technician Certification

 2013  F.C.I.T.S. Carpet and Hard Surface Recertification 

 2013 N.W.F.A. Expo and Recertification  

 2011 F.C.I.T.S. Carpet Inspection Recertification

 2010 A.F.S. Sidematch Pro Certification

 2009 F.C.I.T.S. Carpet Inspection Recertification

 2009 A.F.S. Commercial Carpet Certification

2007 Advanced Workshop and Re-certification in October of 2007

2005 F.C.I.T.S. Woven Carpet Certification

 2005 F.C.I.T.S. Advanced Workshop

 2004 C.T.E.F. Ceramic Tile Inspection Certification

  2004   N.W.F.A. Hardwood Flooring Inspector Certification

 2003   N.W.F.A. Install Sand and Finish School  

2003   F.C.I.T.S. Advanced Workshop

2002   N.W.F.A. Convention and Expo

2001  F.C.I.T.S. Claims Symposium

2000 Harris-Tarkett Wood Flooring Inspection Certification

2000 Mannington Vinyl & Laminate Inspection Certification

2000 F.C.I.T.S. Commercial Inspection Certification

1997 F.C.I.T.S. Hard Surface Inspection Certification

1995 F.C.I.T.S. Advanced Workshop

1993 F.C.I.T.S. Carpet Inspection Certification

1990 ServiceMaster National Inspection School

1987 ServiceMaster Academy of Excellence

1977 Northwestern University, Evanston IL, Physics

The Floor Covering Institute of Technical Services (F.C.I.T.S., now called Floor Covering and Inspection Training Service) is one of only two schools that trains and certifies inspectors in all aspects of floorcovering. After successfully completing an inspection course, an inspector must be recertified every two years to maintain his certification. I have maintained my certifications as well as my membership in Certified Claims Inspectors Association. In addition, I have continually attended installation, sales, and inspection training seminars given by Armstrong, Congoleum, Bona-Kemi, Bruce, Hartco, Mannington, Carpet One, Shaw, Mohawk, F.C.I.T.S., and Formica. 


I owned and operated a successful ServiceMaster franchise. ServiceMaster is the oldest cleaning franchise. They pioneered and developed techniques, chemicals and equipment for cleaning carpet, wood floors, linoleum and vinyl floors, marble, stone and ceramic floors, and upholstery. I am thoroughly familiar with all carpet and hard surface cleaning techniques, equipment, and chemicals. I cleaned both residential and commercial carpeting. I have cleaned and refinished wood floors, vinyl floors, marble and stone floors. I maintain my expertise through attendance at Symposia, conferences, and seminars as well as trade journals and interaction with people in the industry.

Over the years, I have personally installed thousands of yards of carpet and vinyl and still do repairs. I have installed and refinished wood floors, and have installed ceramic tile. I have supervised and trained installers. I keep and update installation guidelines from the Carpet & Rug Institute, Tile Council of North America, National Wood Flooring Association, and major manufacturers of carpet, vinyl, ceramic tile, porcelain tile, laminate and wood floors.

I have sold floor covering both commercial and residential for seven years and managed a 2 million-dollar floor-covering store. In that time, I have trained and managed both sales people and installers.

I have appeared as an expert witness in litigation in my areas of expertise. I have also written articles in industry trade publications. I have given presentations on flooring issues to dealers and contractors.

I engage in hundreds of inspections annually. They range in size from small residential bathrooms to multi-building condominium complexes. They are done at the request of manufacturers, distributors, retailers, installation companies, homeowners, facility managers, attorneys, and building contractors. 


• Certified Claims Inspectors Association

• World Floor Covering Association

• National Institute of Certified Floor-Covering Inspectors

• National Wood Flooring Association

• Marble Institute of America


• Inspection of all Floor Covering Types

• Moisture Testing

• Laboratory Analysis

• Specification Writing

• Expert Witness Testimony.

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Contact Us

For estimates, please contact us at your convenience.  We look forward to meeting you soon.

The Floor Detective

PO Box 712 Lake City, FL 32056 us

(386) 755-9237 matt@thefloordetective.com