Roland A. Vierra

P.O. Box 28121
San Jose, California 95159                  


FLOORING FORENSICS® Inc. is an independent consulting firm, specializing in the science, analysis and disciplines of floor covering failure. Product performance, product installation and moisture related failures are included within our field of expertise. Professional services include document review, site inspections, specification development & technical writing, litigation support, claims evaluation and support within the insurance industry, case development, case management & quality assurance inspections.

FLOORING FORENSICS, founded in 1982 by president and CEO Roland A. Vierra, has extensive experience in every segment of the flooring industry: project development & design, manufacturing, product installation and product performance evaluation.

FLOORING FORENSICS and specifically Mr. Vierra has been retained as an industry expert in numerous arbitration and mediation proceedings. He has assisted in the development of product & installation specifications, performed project management duties for several large floor covering installations, and performed numerous moisture intrusion investigations, including moisture vapor emissions testing of concrete slabs and sub-flooring.

Years of extensive field experience, coupled with industry-specific technical knowledge, are the cornerstones of Mr. Vierra's professional practice. Through ongoing formalized training programs and active committee memberships in leading industry associations, Mr. Vierra is able to stay current with new, “state of the art” technologies and materials that drive the floor covering industry.

FLOORING FORENSICS is uniquely qualified to assist with every floor covering issue, problem or complaint and happy to answer questions pertaining to floor covering performance, product selection, specifications, claims, moisture intrusion and product/installation failures.

FLOORING FORENSICS Inc. does not broker, sell or install floor covering materials


  • Carpet Claims Inspections - LGM Technical Services, 1986
  • Carpet Claims Inspections - Floor Covering Institute of Technical Services, 1989
  • Senior Practicing Carpet Claims & Inspections - Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restortion,1989
  • Carpet Claims Inspections - Certifi ed Floor Covering Installers, 1997
  • Technical Certifi cation, Carpet Installation -Certifi ed Floor Covering Installers, 1997
  • Textile Laboratory Testing - American Association of Textile Chemists & Colorists, 1994
  • Advanced Carpet Claims & Inspections, Advanced Flooring Specialists, 2000


  • Installation, Sand & Finish,National Wood Floor Association, 1999
  • Hardwood Flooring Claims Inspections, National Oak Floor Manufacturers Association, 2001
  • Hardwood Flooring Claims Inspections, National Wood Floor Association, 2003
  • Hardwood Flooring, Understanding the Hardwood/Moisture Relationship, Brickman Consulting, 2003
  • Hardwood Flooring, Advanced Inspections & Claims, National Wood Floor Association, 2005
  • Hardwood Flooring, Psychrometrics: Understanding the Hardwood/Moisture Relationship, Brickman Consulting, 2011
  • Moisture in the Home Wood Flooring Workshop, Department. Of Forest Biomaterials, North Carolina State University, 2011
  • Strand Woven Bamboo - Problems, Causes & Cures National Wood Floor Association, 2012


  • Masters Certification, Specialty Coating Surfaces,World of Concrete, 2003
  • Masters Certifi cation, Understanding Moisture in Concrete Floors,World of Concrete, 2004
  • How to Prevent Moisture-Related Problems with Floor Coverings and Coatings on Concrete Slabs, StarNet Commercial/CTL Laboratories, 2004
  • Flooring Problems & Solutions: Moisture Vapor in Concrete Slabs International Concrete Repair Institute, 2005
  • Concrete & Moisture - Moisture Related Floor Failures,LGM Technical Services, 2007
  • Concrete & Concrete Coatings - Advanced Concrete,Concrete Coatings & Inspections, Society of Protective Coatings, 2008
  • Concrete Moisture Testing Technician Level 1 & Level 2, International Concrete Repair Institute, 2009
  • Pull-off Adhesion Testing - Webinar Society of Protective Coating, 2011
  • In Situ Concrete Moisture Testing - Webinar, CTL Laboratories, 2011
  • Troubleshooting Installations over Concrete Subfloors, Webinar, Wagner Instruments, 2011
  • Commercial Coatings for Concrete - Current State of Technology, American Coatings Association, 2012


  • Mediation & Arbitration (UC Santa Cruz-40 hours), 1997
  • Ceramic Tile: Problems, Causes & Cures,National Tile Council of America (NTCA), 2004
  • Ceramic Tile Forensic Inspections, Dave Gobis (CTEF), 2012
  • Large Format Tile & Stone Installation,National Tile Contractors Association, Webinar, 2013
  • Tile Manufacturing and Standard, Flooring Education Guild, Noah Chitty, 2014


  • Installation & Claims, Wilsonart Laminate Flooring, 1996
  • Installation & Claims, Pergo Flooring, 1995
  • Installation & Claims, Mohawk Industries Laminates, 1994
  • Installation & Claims, Mannington Resilient, 1995, 2004
  • North American Laminate Floor Association, 2011

Professional Services

  • Expert in all interior flooring surfaces
  • Carpet
  • Resilient
  • Hardwood
  • Laminates
  • Ceramic Tile & Stone
  • Specialty Surfaces & Resinous Coatings
  • Sports & Court Flooring
  • Polished & Stained Concrete
  • Concrete Moisture Testing