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Speaker Dinner – Hardwood Flooring – Selection / Design / Installation – A Panel Discussion

March 19 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Hardwood Flooring – Challenges and Solutions for Design, Selection and Installation

Join us for an interactive evening with our panel of experts who will discuss Challenges and Solutions for Hardwood Flooring Design, Selection and Installation.

Panel will include:

Joe Cresswell – Owner, Innovative Hardwood

Gale Dent – Award-winning kitchen & bath designer, Provanti Design

Arthur Viera – Sales Manager, Emerson Hardwoods

Tom Wells – Sales Associate, Greater Seattle Floors

Topics Covered:

Selecting the right hardwood flooring materials, based on environmental conditions, service ratings and requirements of the project

  • Discuss how common conditions such as commercial and/or residential environments, expected foot traffic volumes, room lighting, colors, and finishes, effect, and need to be considered when selecting hardwood flooring options
    • Commercial considerations
    • Residential considerations
    • Foot traffic volumes
    • Room lighting
    • Colors and Finishes
    • Pre-Finished vs Site Finished Considerations
    • Cost comparisons of new hardwood flooring installations vs maintenance cost of existing hardwood flooring installations
    • Life Cycle Analysis of hardwood flooring (ref. NWFA Life Cycle Analysis)
    • Slip resistance & Coefficient of Friction issues relating to hardwood flooring
    • What to do when your client insists on hardwood flooring in a wet area

Sole sourcing all components of a hardwood flooring assembly/installation from one manufacturer, to insure integration of the installation (flooring, base trim molding, base shoe molding)

  • Integrating the right floor surface preparation methods and materials for hardwood flooring, based on the specifics of the project condition
  • Existing substrate conditions – Can the substrate accept hardwood flooring in its untreated condition?
  • Floor flatness requirements – Is the subfloor flat (and level) enough to accept hardwood flooring? Self-Leveling vs Skim Coat floor prep method
  • Wood framed subfloors – Does the subfloor meet required deflection ratings? Is there too much ‘bounce’ in the floor?
  • Concrete subfloors – Moisture testing – does the concrete slab meet benchmarks for Rh and moisture vapor limitations?

Collaboration with Interior Design Professional, Hardwood Flooring Manufacturers and Flooring Company to help insure the right materials and methods are selected for the project

  • Manufacturers requirements for adhesives, floor prep materials, and on site acclimation

Perspective from installers to shed light on the most common challenges when installing hardwood flooring, and a narrative on best practices and specific solutions to hardwood flooring installation challenges

  • Layout
  • Handling
  • Manpower
  • Logistics & Scheduling


Date: Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Time: 6:00 Registration & No Host Cocktails

6:30 Buffet Dinner

6:45 Announcements

7:00 Panel Discussion

8:00 Dessert & Networking

Location: Master Builders Association

335 116th Ave. SE

Bellevue, WA 98168

***Parking is Free




March 19
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties
335 116th Ave. SE
Bellevue, WA 98168
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