Professional Summary

Steven Tolli

Below are installations examples that Mr. Tolli installed and supervised in Europe. As one of the technical advisors, Mr. Tolli traveled the works helping installers, retailers and distributors with difficult installations. 

​​Mr. Tolli has been working for over forty one year's within the floor covering industry, working as an apprentice installer, retail manager dealing with problems related to all types of flooring materials. At present, my services include substrate moisture testing, installation training, consulting, writing specifications, lab testing, pre-inspection of job-sites monitoring all aspects until completed, high-rise buildings, locations within the USA, Europe and far East such as China.


  • Laminate Manufacturing
  • Wood Manufacturing, Engineered & Solid
  • Floating Floor Manufacturing
  • Adhesives & Urethane Manufacturing
  • Cork Manufacturing
  • Carpet, Tufted & Woven
  • Sheet vinyl & Tile
  • Patching Compounds
  • Substrate Moisture Testing & pH analysis
  • Bamboo Flooring Manufacturing


Year          University or College                                                   Degree

2002          National Oak Flooring Manufacturers Association         Wood Installation & Sanding - Finishing Graduate

2002          National Oak Flooring Manufacturers Association          Certified Hardwood Flooring Inspector

Professional Experience

1989 to Present     S / L Inspection Service     Sole Proprietor

S / L is a recognized authority in the flooring industry offering professional consultation, certified inspections and analysis of materials regarding complaints pertaining to the manufacture, specification, installation, performance and maintenance of the following floor coverings:

  • Wood Flooring, solid and engineered
  • Laminate Flooring
  • Cork Floating Floors, roll cork and tiles
  • Carpet, tufted and woven
  • Sheet vinyl and tiles
  • Bamboo flooring, installation of all types

Scope of the work includes consultant to architects, specifiers, designers, insurance adjusters, contractors, and attorneys. 

Conducting seminars on the installation of cork and other flooring types, related issues to product knowledge and their performance.

Mr. Tolli has appeared in court many times as an expert witness, he is a member of the National Expert Witness Network, and has been an mediator in many pre-triall court cases. 

From 1997 to 2003

Amorim Revestimentos 

Executive Director of Technical Services for North America *U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Islands off the coasts of North America and Central America. 

Certified Instructor for and by the European Council

Cork Flooring (Tiles, floating systems and engineered wood)

Amorim is a Portugal based company responsible for the installation training programs and product knowledge for their flooring systems. 

Rendering as needed, Mr. Tolli dispensed technical advice to distributors, retailers and installers information, advice, and technical support for product application, specification, installation, and maintenance. 

Mr. Tolli was also the claims manager for Amorim for all of North America and Islands.

From 1977 to 1989  Retail Floor Covering Store Manager

Engaged in commercial and residential installations. 

Responsible for hiring, training, scheduling installation and meetings, purchasing and managing over 29 employees. 

From 1975 1977  Apprentice Installer

 U.S. Army

Professional Affiliations, Achievements and Awards 

Member, Flooring Consultants and Inspection Training Services Inc. f/ka Floor Covering Institute of Technical Services (FCITS)

  • Senior Carpet & Hard Surface Inspector #121 (FCITS)
  • Woven Carpet Certification
  • Wood Certification
  • Moisture Testing Certification
  • Commercial Carpet Certification

Member, National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA)

  • Installation, Sand & Finish School Instructor
  • Initial member of Inspectors Certification Committee
  • Certified Wood Inspector, CP0403116
  • Co-Instructor of Substrate Course
  • Vanguard Award for Contributing to Wood Flooring Industry

Member, World Floor Covering Association (WFCA)

  • Member, Long Island Floor Covering Club (LIFCC)
  • Member, National Institute of Certified Floor Covering Inspectors (NICFI)
  • Member, International Certified Flooring Installers Association, Inc. (CFI)
  • Certified Hard Surface Installer #H0016 (CFI)
  • Technical & Carpet Inspection Certification, #IT203

Member, Floor Covering Installation Contractors Association (FCICA)

  • Academy of Textiles and Flooring (ATF) – Senior Carpet & Resilient Inspector
  • Advanced Flooring Specialists (AFS) – Laminate / Wood Instructor
  • PERGO, Inc. - Master Installer Certification
  • The Wood Flooring Manufacturing Association f/k/a National Oak Flooring Manufacturing Association (NOFMA), Certified Wood Inspector
  • Mannington Corporation – Salem New Jersey, Certified Inspector, Claims adjuster
  • Speaker at numerous seminars for contractors, architects and interior designers

  • In Association with Douglas Peterson & Associates Inc., resolving claim issues
  • Technical Advisor for Globus Cork, Bronx NY

​Publications (articles written)

  • ​Clean Fax Magazine
  • Hardwood Floors Magazine
  • Floor Covering Weekly
  • TV & Radio appearances
  • Author of Substrate Test, contributor author to NWFA tests for installers, sand / finishers, retail sales programs and Inspection certification
  • Commercial Flooring Report


  • "What is Cork Flooring? How Stuff Works"
  • Extreme Makeover Television Shaw Participant, Technical advisor
  • Hardwood Floors Magazine, "Complicate Cork Floor Re-sand"
  • Hardwood Floors Magazine, "Condensation" Issue