> NALFA History

Setting the Standard Since 1997

In 1997, a group of US and Canadian laminate manufacturers and importers joined forces in an effort to promote continuous and responsible growth within the laminate category as well as help consumers through the confusing shopping process. Together, they became NALFA, now the Voice of Laminate Flooring in North America™.

As a voluntary team of the industry’s top leaders, NALFA is the only trade organization exclusively dedicated to the laminate flooring industry. In 2008, NALFA became an accredited ANSI standards developing organization and published testing and performance criteria that is the benchmark today by which all quality laminate flooring is measured.

Products that pass 10 rigorous performance tests and meet approved standards are awarded the NALFA Certification Seal as a testament to its quality. The seal provides assurance for retailers and consumers that they are selling and buying quality products respectively.

As NALFA continues to expand and grow, its members remain seated in the principals by which it was founded:

  • ESTABLISH and MAINTAIN consistently high performance and quality standards for laminate flooring products
  • EDUCATE and COMMUNICATE the meaning of NALFA standards and the value of the certification seal
  • SHARE knowledge with retailers and installers through hosted certification classes
  • RESEARCH and EVAULATE ongoing opportunities for improved standards and technologies