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About Robert Lucas

Bob has done flooring for a looooong time!

Robert "Bob" Lucas, president and founder of FLOORinSPEC, is a second-generation flooring professional. Years of working with his father and uncle as a helper and apprentice carpet installer gave him a great respect and understanding of what it means to be a flooring mechanic. After completing undergraduate studies in Secondary Education, Bob found that he couldn't escape his flooring roots.

He worked for several years as an independent flooring contractor in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and traveled all over the southeast completing flooring installations of varying types and sizes. An opportunity in commercial flooring project management brought him to Commercial Interiors, Inc. of Redmond, Washington, in 1998. He later went on to work with DuPont Commercial Flooring Systems in Seattle, completing his time there as Operations and Installations Service Manager. In 2003, he launched FLOORinSPEC and now serves as an industry specialist providing technical services for commercial flooring. His commitment and "gracious tenacity" have made him a well-respected member of the Northwest flooring community.

Bob is affiliated with and/or holds certifications from the following organizations: American Concrete Institute, Certified Floorcovering Installers Association, Institute of Inspection/Cleaning & Restoration, International Concrete Repair Institute, World Floor Covering Association, and Washington State Floor Covering Association. He has completed over 50 hours of continuing education training at Surfaces and World of Concrete annual industry events.


Our business:

Independent technical services for commercial flooring

Our mission:

We provide professional, accurate and unbiased information in a clear and useful format. We supply critical data that can prevent schedule and cost overruns, decrease liability and ensure warrantable flooring installations for any size project.

Our services:

  • ASTM F710 Concrete Readiness to Receive Resilient/Moisture Sensitive Flooring Analysis, Evaluations and Testing
  • ASTM F2170 Concrete Equilibrium Relative Humidity Testing
  • ASTM F1869 Concrete Moisture Vapor Emission Testing
  • Installation start-up and project oversight for all commercial flooring products
  • Consultation services for design assistance and conflict resolution
  • Commercial flooring claims inspections
  • Concrete core cutting/collection for laboratory analysis 

Our credentials:

  • ACI Certified Flatwork Technician
  • CFI Certified Carpet Inspector
  • ICRI Certified Concrete Moisture Testing Technician
  • IICRC Senior Carpet Inspector
  • IICRC Substrate and Sub-floor Inspector
  • WFCA Certified Flooring Professional
  • Affiliations: ACI, CFI, IICRC, ICRI, WFCA, and WSFCA
  • Former Operations & Installation Services Manager
  • Over thirty years multi-level industry experience 

Our cost:

  • Please contact us for our fee schedule or a custom quote.



Are you confused with all of the recent developments in the industry around moisture testing concrete substrates? 

Have you recently had a problem with flooring on a jobsite that you “tested” and thought was in compliance with the manufacturer’s guidelines? 

If so, you will want to read Howard Kanare’s article in Articles: From the industry titled Why are we still having problems with moisture?