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Builders and Homeowners Benefit from NALFA Certification Seal.

WASHINGTON -- As the technology, design capability - and likeability - of laminate flooring This article or section needs sources or references that appear in reliable, third-party publications. Alone, primary sources and sources affiliated with the subject of this article are not sufficient for an accurate encyclopedia article.  continues to expand, more and more people are opting to use laminate laminate,
n a thin slice of porcelain or plastic fabricated in a dental lab, which is cemented to the front of the teeth to cover gaps, whiten stained teeth, or reshape chipped or broken teeth.
 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 North American

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North American cattle tick
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 Laminate Flooring Association (NALFA NALFA North American Laminate Flooring Association ) has developed the NALFA Certification Seal to assist in laminate flooring decisions.

Laminate flooring products that successfully pass rigorous testing are outfitted out·fit  
1. A set of tools or equipment for a specialized purpose: a welder's outfit. See Synonyms at equipment.

2. A set of clothing, often with accessories.

 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 hardwood: see wood.

Timber obtained from broad-leaved, flower-bearing trees. Hardwood trees are deciduous trees, except in the warmest regions.

NALFA certified See certification.  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 See ANSI.

(body, standard) American National Standards Institute - (ANSI) The private, non-profit organisation (501(c)3) responsible for approving US standards in many areas, including computers and communications. ANSI is a member of ISO.
 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 North America, third largest continent (1990 est. pop. 365,000,000), c.9,400,000 sq mi (24,346,000 sq km), the northern of the two continents of the Western Hemisphere. , 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
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