The primary purpose of the North American Laminate Flooring Association is to create voluntary product performance standards for laminate flooring in North America. While NALFA acknowledges the advantages and benefits of laminate flooring underlayments, it is the position of the association that the obligation of creating minimum performance standards and requirements for laminate flooring underlayment products must be left to the discretion of individual laminate flooring and underlayment manufacturers. It is, however, within the domain of NALFA responsibilities to establish guidelines for the evaluation of laminate flooring underlayment.
The following white paper link is designed to provide laminate flooring and underlayment manufacturers, distributors, dealers and customers with the appropriate information and the specific testing methods needed to evaluate and compare laminate flooring underlayments.
Laminate flooring underlayment products encompass a wide variety of materials and characteristics. It is the purpose of this report to define specific properties common among underlayment products and assign specific standard industry testing methods for the evaluation of those properties.