The UK Leading Independent Flooring Assessor​​

Expert Flooring Assessor​​

The specialist in the timber floor industry working alongside experts in other flooring types including carpet and impervious; ensuring that all flooring is covered. Covering all UK postcodes and working from a conveniently situated West Midlands base, offering a wide variety of services which will assist you to find the best resolution for the dispute. Having worked within this area for 25 years, Sid is able to give expert, informed advice.

  • Wood floor disputes
  • Luxury vinyl disputes
  • Sub-floor disputes
  • Gloss testing of finishes paint and lacquers
  • Carpet disputes
  • Vinyl disputes
  • All types of flooring covered
  • Thickness coating finishing tests
  • Expert witness work

Services Covered

Technical advice - All types of flooring - dispute - Reports to CPR35 - Single joint - expert witness - Basic reports - Solicitor reports - All UK postcodes covered - Gloss testing of finishes paint and lacquers - Thickness coating finishing test - Ceramic Tiles - Wood, Laminate,Carpet and impervious installation reports

Work undertaken

Site Visits

Visiting sites to carry out independent inspection of failed flooring

Legal Reports

The preparation of written reports for possible legal action

Floor Diagnostics

Identifying the cause of failed flooring & suggesting solutions

Independent Expert

Expert witness services, skilled in presenting expert opinions in writing

Consultancy services

Independent Floor Testing, design and knowledge of the vast range of flooring types available.

Flooring Training

Floor specification guides and training

Summary of Experience
Mr. S Bourne - AIMMM.

Experienced Expert

  • I have been in flooring trade for over 45 years
  • Served apprenticeship in installation of flooring
  • Former President of the National Institute of Carpet and Floorlayers
  • Technical & Training Director for the British Wood Flooring Association
  • Held head of technical & training for the UK for various wood flooring manufactures
  • NICF Master Fitter Diploma
  • Associate Member of NICF. – Inspection Services.
  • Registered member of the UK Register of Expert Witnesses
  • Registered member of National Expert Witness Agency
  • Bond Solon trained in Excellence in Report Writing and Courtroom Skills
  • Completed courses in Basic Law for Experts. The Expert Witness Institute & The University of Liverpool
  • RICS qualified in Expert Witness, report writing.
  • Worked in the manufacturing process of wood flooring in USA and Europe
  • Received specialised training in kiln drying.
  • Wood Science passes with Distinction
  • Member of Society of Wood Science and Technology, now known as IOM
  • NVQ level 2&3 assessor in Wood Flooring, Carpet, Impervious
  • NVQ level 2 &3 qualified in installation of Wood flooring, Carpet and Impervious Materials.
  • Institute for Floorcovering Inspectors qualified in Luxury Vinyl Products
  • Amtico Floor Installation qualified
  • UofCTS Tile Installer Thin-Set Standards University of Ceramic Tile and Stone
  • Ardex CPD Academy: Specify Wall and Floor Tiling
  • Consultant member of the National Tile Contractors Association.
  • Registered with Information Commissioners Office.
  • Produced hundreds of inspection reports over the years
  • Regular writer on Q & A for leading trade magazine for several years
  • Adviser to trade on problem installations.

Why Work with Sid ?

I am involved on a daily basis talking and advising people in the flooring industry and if required specification of product and installation. I am recognised in the flooring industry as a leading expert in flooring disputes.

I give technical help and guidance to the trade and public. I carry out consultancy and installation training of different flooring materials for the British Wood Flooring Association and Floor Skills Training Academy, Europe’s largest training centre in flooring

Sid is widely accepted as the leading expert in wood flooring, writing a monthly column on training and dispute resolution for the flooring trades largest UK. trade journal. Over the years, Sid has actually trained many of the alternative experts and it’s not unusual for them to approach Sid for guidance and help on an ongoing basis – he’s even been asked for help to write other experts reports! Sid is competent in identifying problems and report writing on all types of flooring. Although Sid has chosen to specialise in wooden floors, he has been in the flooring trade for over forty years and is a past President and Trainer for the National Institute of Carpet and Floorlayers and remains recommended and registered as one of the Institutes consultants.

Problems with flooring can come from all manner of circumstances, from site conditions, product failure, installation or finishing issues. It is my role to establish the facts of why a floor has failed. A detailed inspection consists of carrying out specific tests and by using many years of experience and expertise as a flooring professional and consultant, I interpret these findings to produce a comprehensive report. The report is a statement of facts that consists of testing data, photos, referencing to industry/manufacturer guidelines and standards and specifications, to support the conclusion.

An Expert Witness has a duty to remain totally impartial. The report will be confidential and will only be revealed to the commissioning party. With the findings of the floor inspection report, it may be easier for the parties to resolve the matter amicably or with mediation, or the report can form the basis of a legal dispute. Many people find taking the offending party to court through the small claims system easy, or the case may be placed in the hands of a solicitor – we have a wealth of experience working alongside solicitors to bring to a satisfactory conclusion. Sid has taken additional training with specialist legal trainers Bond Solon, to ensure his reports are correctly written in a format acceptable to the courts. A non-compliant report can prove to be a disaster in court and can lead to losing a claim.

If you think we can be of assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Services Covered

Technical advice - All types of flooring - dispute - Reports to CPR35 - Single joint - expert witness - Basic reports - Solicitor reports - All UK postcodes covered - Gloss testing of finishes paint and lacquers - Thickness coating finishing test - Ceramic Tiles - Wood, Laminate,Carpet and impervious installation reports

0121 258 4124​

Unit 2 Lyndons Farm, Poolhead lane,Earlswood Solihull B94 5ES

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