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Hardwood flooring use goes up.

HARDWOOD FLOORING USE GOES UP

The use of hardwood flooring in residential construction has risen 246 percent over the past five years, according to figures released by the National Oak Flooring Manufacturers Assn.

Based on housing starts, hardwood flooring shipments jumped from 69.91 board feet per start in 1985 to 172.04 per start in 1990. (Figures do not include plank or parquet flooring.)

The predominate species of wood used is oak, which makes up 80 to 90 percent of flooring, according to Patsy Davenport of NOFMA. Other species include birch, beech, maple and pecan.

"What we're experiencing," said Walter Whitley, executive vice president of NOFMA, "is a desire by the home owner to return to the natural look."
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Title Annotation:Trend & News
Publication:Wood & Wood Products
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Date:Sep 1, 1991
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