Roy Reichow

Roy Reichow has 44 years of experience in the wood flooring industry as a wood flooring expert. He holds all NWFA certifications including Inspector and Commercial Inspector, and is ranked one of the top three certified professionals with the NWFA. Roy has served on the NWFACP board of directors as well as past chairman. Roy founded National Wood Floor Consultants Inc. (NWFC) in 2001, a wood floor inspection/consultation firm. NWFC services include mediation, arbitration and litigation consulting and expert testimony for wood flooring design, flooring construction specifications, insurance and installation compliance claims. NWFC has extensive experience and expertise in performing wood floor evaluations/inspections including forensics, diagnostics, and investigations related to design, installation and construction defects.  Roy has authored many articles published in Wood Floor Business magazine as well as other trade publications. He is a national presenter at various conferences and leads educational seminars for wood floor professionals.

  • Monday, August, 26, 2019 Why Is My Floor Making So Much Noise? I was retained by the homeowner to come to his home and find out why his floor was making so much noise. The floor was a 3/8-inch engineered plank and mechanically fastened using 1 3/8-inch...
  • Monday, December, 10, 2018 The Installer's Dilemma: Beware What's in Those Instructions It’s not uncommon for the installation crew of four to six to show up on Monday to install a wood floor for the retailer. After completing the subfloor prep, they roll out the underlayment paper...
  • Tuesday, August, 07, 2018 How Many Times Have You Seen This Vent Shortcut? Many times during the wood flooring installation process you need to fit the flooring around a forced air heat vent, and of course it’s easier to keep the line straight with the edge of the...
  • Monday, July, 23, 2018 My New Wood Floor Is Gapped! (But the Reason Isn't What You Think) I was called out to do an inspection regarding a 3-inch Brazilian cherry having serious gaps. The homeowners are Minnesota snowbirds who travel south for the winter. Before leaving, they hired a...
  • Thursday, February, 15, 2018 Inspection Protection: How to NOT Get Thrown Under the Bus On one of my latest inspections, it was already agreed by all parties that the floor was going to be replaced. The distributor wanted the independent inspection to happen on the day of the flooring...
  • Tuesday, January, 02, 2018 Engineered Wood Flooring Out in the African Bush The story starts out with my son, Brent Reichow, giving my wife and I a trip to South Africa and a safari expedition in the Okavango Delta of northern Botswana. I was so excited to see all the...
  • Tuesday, August, 01, 2017 An Interesting Way to Dry Wet Subfloors As wood flooring contractors, we have all been faced at one time or another with a subfloor that is too wet and will not dry within the industry guidelines. I recall in my contracting days that...
  • Wednesday, July, 12, 2017 Trouble Happens Due to the ‘Summer’ Humidifier Setting I find that oftentimes there are many calls for inspections after big holidays. People tend to become preoccupied with family and different events, then take a close look at their floors during the...
  • Wednesday, July, 05, 2017 Straight Talk on RH Control & Wood Flooring We've heard the story over and over again regarding the importance of RH control to maintain the beauty of our wood floors, yet no one seems to listen or remember. Whether we like it or not, all...
  • Wednesday, June, 21, 2017 Spreading Dust: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Almost every homeowner dreads the thought of having their wood floors refinished due dust throughout the house. As you can see in this photograph, the dust on this wood floor job has gone down the...