Builders and Homeowners Benefit from NALFA Certification Seal



    WASHINGTON, August 16 /CNW/ - As the technology, design capability - and
likeability - of laminate flooring continues to expand, more and more people
are opting to use laminate products over traditional flooring options for home
projects. For builders and homeowners, choosing the best laminate flooring
possible is an important decision which can raise a lot of questions regarding
which product should be selected. Fortunately, the North American Laminate
Flooring Association (NALFA) has developed the NALFA Certification Seal to
assist in laminate flooring decisions.

    Laminate flooring products that successfully pass rigorous testing are
outfitted with the NALFA Certification Seal. Builders and homeowners can
identify the seal and rest assured the laminate product they are choosing
meets and or exceeds the highest level of industry standards set forth by
NALFA.

    "There is an abundance of laminate flooring products on the market
today," explained E. C. "Bill" Dearing, president of NALFA. "Although this
offers builders and homeowners numerous alternatives with varying price
points, design styles and product specifications, it also raises the
likelihood of selecting a product that may cause setbacks on the job site or
cause difficulties for the homeowner," said Dearing.

    Owning a quality home is very important; and a home equipped with quality
material like laminate flooring is an added feature. Builders and homeowners
appreciate the ability of the product to withstand high traffic areas without
wearing down, as well as the added look of luxury without having to pay the
elevated cost associated with high-end flooring options like stone or
hardwood.

    NALFA certified laminate flooring includes product lines made by
Fausfloor, Mannington, Mohawk, Pergo, Shaw, TORLYS, Uniboard and Wilsonart
Flooring - look for the NALFA Certification Seal to verify certification of
the product. The NALFA Certification Seal can be located on the manufacturer's
Web site, marketing materials or promotional materials as well as the product
packaging itself. By identifying the seal, builders and homeowners will know
they are selecting a product that is long-lasting, durable and capable of
meeting the highest level of standards within the laminate flooring industry.

    In 2000, NALFA created the voluntary performance standards for the
laminate flooring producers in the North American market, which were then
approved by the American National Standards Institute in 2001. Performance
requirements for NALFA products include but are not limited to: static load,
thickness swell, impact resistance, light resistance, cleanability/stain
resistance, wear resistance, dimensional tolerances and castor chair
resistance. Products are approved in three categories: commercial, light
commercial and residential.

    Formed in 1997, the North American Laminate Flooring Association is an
organization of U.S. and Canadian manufacturers and importers of laminate
flooring products. NALFA's mission is to encourage the establishment and
maintenance of high standards in laminate flooring in North America, to
recognize those that meet these standards and to recognize Associate Members
who provide products and services to the laminate flooring industry. For more
information, visit www.nalfa.com.

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For further information: NALFA Amy Mace, 423-827-5669

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