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NALFA Makes Laminate Flooring Standards Free & Accessible to All

WASHINGTON D.C., 2020 — The North American Laminate Flooring Association is proud to announce they have made all of the laminate flooring and underlayment standards …

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NALFA Announces New Water Resistant Test and Logo

WASHINGTON D.C., 2020 — The North American Laminate Flooring Association (NALFA) is proud to announce it has approved a new test method to determine if …

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NALFA Members Aid in the Fight Against COVID-19

WASHINGTON D.C., April 2020 — As the Coronavirus pandemic continues to spread, more and more companies each day are lending a hand to aid in the cause. …

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NALFA Announces Second 2020 Redesigned Certified Inspector Class

The North American Laminate Flooring Association (NALFA) announces the date of its second 2020 laminate inspector certification class to be held on March 12, 2020 in Raleigh, NC

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NALFA Announces first 2020 Redesigned Certified Inspector Class

WASHINGTON D.C., January 2020 — The North American Laminate Flooring Association (NALFA) announces the date of its first 2020 laminate inspector certification class to be held on January 30, 2020 in Las Vegas, NV. The newly redesigned class i…

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2018 Dalton, GA Inspector Certification Class

NALFA CERTIFIED INSPECTOR CLASS – Dalton, GA DON’T MISS OUT ON THE ONLY INSPECTOR CERTIFICATION CLASS DEDICATED TO THE LAMINATE FLOORING INDUSTRY. When: Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018 To be held in conjunction with The Floor Education Guild Where: Northwest Georgia Trade & Convention Center 2211 Dug Gap Battle Rd, Dalton, GA 30720 Time: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm. Lunch break from 12:00 noon till 1:00 pm. Cost: $350.00 Instructor: Anthony Palandro

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Innovation Drives Growth in Laminate

Innovation Drives Growth in Laminate Tuesday, January 16, 2018 By Elise Linscott – Floor Covering Weekly While laminate continues to face challenges from new resilient, rigid core and multilayer flooring, manufacturers are optimistic that innovation and a focus on higher-end products will keep laminate sales strong moving forward.

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Register Now For The NALFA Inspector Certification Class in Las Vegas!

DON’T MISS OUT ON THE ONLY INSPECTOR CERTIFICATION CLASS DEDICATED TO THE LAMINATE FLOORING INDUSTRY. EXPAND YOUR CERTIFICATIONS TODAY! Cost: $300.00 When: Thursday, February 1, 2018 Where: Surfaces, Las Vegas, Mandalay Bay, Room Islander H Time: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm (lunch provided) Instructor: Anthony Palandro

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NALFA Welcomes Teiya Eubanks as Marketing and Communications Manager

Ms. Eubanks is a sales and marketing professional with over 25 years of experience in B2B and B2C strategic marketing within the flooring industry. She brings a wealth of knowledge that will help grow and enhance the voice of NALFA in her role as Marketing and Communications Manager.

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NALFA Comes Together for Hurricane-Recovery Efforts

As residents of hurricane-ravaged areas of the United States and its territories continue to struggle to return to normal life, NALFA continues to find ways to help them replace what has been lost and rebuild their communities. Armstrong Flooring, Mohawk Industries, Mannington and Swiss Krono are all pitching in to assist in recovery efforts.

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NALFA celebrates 20th Anniversary with launch of new website

The North American Laminate Flooring Association (NALFA) is excited to announce the re-launch of their official website www.NALFA.com, with a completely new design.

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NALFA Announces New Leadership

WASHINGTON D.C., January 26, 2017 Today, the North American Laminate Flooring Association (NALFA) announced a new leadership structure for the 20-year-old association. Founded in 1997, NALFA united laminate flooring manufacturers to develop and imple…

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NALFA Tackles Inaccuracies in Dr. Oz Show Segment on Laminate Flooring

NEWS RELEASEFor More Information, Contact: Paul Hughes 843.916.2000 NALFA Tackles Inaccuracies in Dr. Oz Show Segment on Laminate Flooring NALFA-certified laminate flooring meets or exceeds CARB requirements for formaldehyde emissions WASHINGTON …

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NALFA-certified flooring meets or exceeds California Air Resources Board (CARB) requirements for airborne contaminants

On February 10, 2016, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a report titled “POSSIBLE HEALTH IMPLICATIONS FROM EXPOSURE TO FORMALDEHYDE EMITTED FROM LAMINATE FLOORING SAMPLES TESTED BY THE CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION.” A…

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Armstrong Flooring is now a NALFA member!

Armstrong Flooring Joins North American Laminate Flooring Association (NALFA) CHATTANOOGA, TENN., Dec. 2, 2015 – Armstrong Flooring has joined the North American Laminate Flooring Association (NALFA) as its newest Regular Member. Armstrong Flooring …

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Registration Now Open for 2015 NALFA Certification

Registration Now Open for 2015 NALFA Advanced Installer and Inspector Certification Classes D.C. – The North American Laminate Flooring Association (NALFA) has opened registration for the 2015 Advanced Laminate Installer Certification class and the …

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NALFA Certification Provides Confidence for Quality and CARB Compliance for Laminate Flooring Products

On the coattails of the recent 60 Minutes story regarding formaldehyde emissions in Chinese manufactured laminate flooring sold at Lumber Liquidators, big box store Lowe’s has halted sales of some of its Chinese manufactured laminate flooring product…

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NALFA Tackles Worries Of Formaldehyde Following 60 Minutes Exposé

A recent 60 Minutes story regarding a retailer’s Chinese-manufactured laminate flooring and its formaldehyde content has brought to light concerns from consumers regarding laminate flooring. The North American Laminate Flooring Association (NAL…

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Laminate Specific Cleaning Products: Choosing a Safe Product

With the current popularity of laminate flooring it is no wonder that so many cleaning products are being introduced specifically to clean them. Not all of these products are actually what they claim. Be very careful when choosing a cleanser for your…

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Clarion Laminates joins NALFA as Regular Member

Welcome Clarion Laminates! Clarion is a made in the USA laminate manufacturer, and our newest Regular Member of the North American Laminate Flooring Association (NALFA)! “Clarion Laminates is a great addition to our regular membership,” says Bill De…

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Flakeboard joins NALFA as Associate Member

Welcome Flakeboard! We’re pleased to announce that Flakeboard, the North America’s largest manufacturer of composite panel materials, is the newest Associate Member NALFA. With eight manufacturing sites across North America, Flakeboard has a strong…

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Now Enrolling! NALFA 2014 Installer/Inspector Certification School

Now enrolling: 2014 NALFA Certification ClassesFlooring industry professionals across the country can now enroll in the NALFA 2014 Installer and Inspector Certification Classes. Dates and locations are below. July 10 – Installer Class – Ringgold, G…

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Congratulations to winners of the 2013 LAMMY Awards!

The results are in! We were pleased to announce the winners of the 2013 LAMMY Awards during the Surfaces floorcovering event in Las Vegas, Nev. And the winners are… Member of the Year: Jane Winters – Unilin-Mohawk Associate Member of the Year: G…

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Quick-Step named “Company of the Year” by NALFA

Congratulations to Quick-Step for being name “Company of the Year” at the 2013 LAMMY Awards! Read more at http://floorcoveringweekly.com/Main/DailyUpdate/QuickStep-named-Company-of-the-Year-by-NALFA-6480.aspx…

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NALFA and Fabulous Floors Magazine Team up for LAMINATE Issue

We are excited to announce that NALFA and Fabulous Floors are partnering to bring the story of laminate flooring to the consumer through a print and digital publication titled Living on Laminate. Over 50,000 copies of Living on Laminate will b…

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2013 LAMMY Nominees

The results are in! The North American Laminate Flooring Association (NALFA) is pleased to announce the nominees for the 2013 LAMMY Awards. The LAMMY Award honors are given annually to the best of the best in the laminate flooring industry. Both com…

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Congratulations 2013 NALFA Certification School Graduates!

We’re thrilled to have graduated numerous NALFA Certified Installers and Instructors through our Certification School this year in Ringgold, Ga and Salem, NJ. To earn their accreditations, flooring professionals traveled from Florida, Michigan, New …

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NALFA Expanding Presence at 2014 Surfaces

NALFA is gearing up for the 2014 Surfaces event with the introduction of the NALFA Certified Product Pavilion. The largest NALFA booth to date at 20 feet by 40 feet, the pavilion will be located on the main floor of the event at booth S7158. On disp…

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Installer and Inspector Certification Class Sept. 26-27 – REGISTER NOW!

The next NALFA Installer and Inspector Certification class will be held on Sept. 26& 27 in Salem, NJ at Mannington Mills. Both courses offer numerous benefits including higher income and increased business exposure. Space is limited, so register now!…

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Kronotex USA joins NALFA

We’re thrilled to announce Kronotex USA as our newest Regular Member. As one of the largest domestic laminate flooring manufacturers in the world, their membership along with the other regular members is validation of the impact that our organizatio…

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REMINDER: Register Now for the July 2013 NALFA Certification Courses

We have two courses coming in July as part of the NALFA Installation School. The Advanced Laminate Installer Certification class will be held on July 25, 2013 and the Inspector Certification class will be held on July 26, 2013 in Los Angeles, Calif….

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Tip and Tricks: Installing Laminate in Wet Areas

Interested in the do’s and don’ts of installing laminate flooring in wet areas? Take a look at this article by Ron Starkey, instructor at the NALFA Inspector Certification School written for Floor Covering Installer. http://www.fcimag.com/articles/…

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2013 NALFA Inspector Certification Classes

NALFA announces the dates for the 2013 Inspector Certification classes. The class, the first of its kind exclusively dedicated to laminate flooring, will be held May 17 in Dallas, Texas. Attendees learn from the best in the industry and certification…

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CELEBRATING THE INDUSTRY’S BEST

Each year, North American Laminate Flooring Association (NALFA) honors the industry’s leaders, both on an individual level and at the corporate level. The 2012 LAMMY Awards winners are no exception, with a roster including those who’ve made exception…

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Learning Opportunities at Surfaces 2013

Join us at this year’s Surfaces, Jan. 29 – 31 in Las Vegas at booth number S6401. We have some exciting presentations planned! On Tuesday, Jan. 29, NALFA is presenting “Laminate flooring inspection Do’s and Don’ts.” The seminar will demonstrate how…

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NALFA Surfaces Education Opportunities

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES AT SURFACES 2013 North American Laminate Flooring Association (NALFA) invites you to visit them and learn at this year’s Surfaces, Jan. 29 – 31 in Las Vegas. Those seeking information about the nation’s leading laminate floori…

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NALFA Offers Inspector Certification Class on January 27, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC – After an impressive debut of its new curriculum in 2011, the North American Laminate Flooring Association (NALFA) will kick off its second year of inspector certification classes with a one-day course held Friday, January 27, in conj…

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NALFA Announces 2012 Lammy Award Nominees

December 18, 2012 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE North American Laminate Flooring Association (NALFA) congratulates the nominees for the 2012 LAMMY Awards. NALFA awards the LAMMYs annually to companies and individuals who have demonstrated exceptional contri…

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Congratulations Quick-Step!

NALFA would like to congratulate member Quick-Step on being named -“Laminate Manufacturer of the Year” during the 16th annual Award Of Excellence competition….

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9 Popular Trends in Laminate Flooring for the Home

Floor Designers Are Producing New Neutrals, Glossy Finishes, Longer Planks & More WASHINGTON, D.C. – Just as fashion designers in the apparel industry sweat over every button, stitch and pleat, the floorcovering industry has its own designers who di…

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Surviving in Laminate Sales

Succeeding in Flooring Sales in a Tight Market Requires Expertise WASHINGTON, D.C. – The economy is tougher, competition is tighter and consumers have a firm grip on their wallets. But when it comes to closing a sale, an attractive price tag is not …

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The Stamp of Approval – The NALFA Certification Seal

Consumer Awareness of Laminate Quality Grows with NALFA Certification Seal WASHINGTON, D.C. – More than one hundred years ago, a popular women’s magazine started testing household products to see if they lived up to their promises. Those that did co…

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NALFA’s Laminate Flooring Class Debuts March 29

The North American Laminate Flooring Association (NALFA) is pleased to introduce a new course to its educational curriculum with the debut of a “Getting to Know Laminate Flooring” course. The first class will be held March 29 in Toronto, ON, Canada. …

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Congratulations to NALFA Member Mannington!

Congratulations to NALFA member Mannington Mills for winning a 2012 Readers’ Choice Award from National Floor Trends. NFT readers were asked to vote online for their favorite products in a range of categories. Mannington was recognized in the lamin…

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Beyond the Kitchen: More Consumers Using Laminate Flooring throughout the Home

WASHINGTON, DC – High-heel shoes walk quickly across the kitchen floor on the way to the garage and another day’s work. Later, as dinner is being prepared, a jar of spaghetti sauce tumbles off the counter, splattering a red mess across the floor. De…

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New NALFA Advanced Installer Certification Class Is May 8

Higher income and increased business exposure are two of the potential benefits of the new Advanced Laminate Installer Certification class offered by the North American Laminate Flooring Association (NALFA). The next one-day class will be presented M…

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The 5 Most Significant Advances in Laminate Flooring

Summary: In the 15 years since the North American Laminate Flooring Association was founded, laminate floors have undergone major advances. Innovative design, technology and more make laminate flooring one of the most popular choices for homeowners t…

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2011 NALFA Lammy Award Recipients

The North American Laminate Flooring Association (NALFA) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2011 LAMMY Awards, which are given annually to companies and individuals for exceptional contributions to the laminate flooring industry. “Each of the…

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Going Green: Laminate Flooring Is the Eco-Friendly Choice

Laminate flooring has a variety of environmentally friendly benefits, but one of them beats them all: Laminate flooring creates the look of a natural resource – such as wood or stone – as opposed to actually using it, so fewer raw materials are used …

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NALFA to Hold Product Demonstration at Surfaces 2012

The North American Laminate Flooring Association (NALFA) will conduct a product demonstration on Tuesday, January 24, at 1 p.m. in conjunction with Surfaces 2012 in Las Vegas, NV. The one-hour demo, which will take place on the main stage, will demo…

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Install a Laminate Floor to Rent Your Home with Confidence

WASHINGTON, DC – Selling your home at an acceptable price is a sticky proposition in the current economy, and as a result, more and more property owners are becoming landlords. In fact, according to Floor Covering Weekly, the number of renter househ…

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2012 NALFA Inspector Class

NALFA announces the next Inspector Certification class! January 27, 2012 in Las Vegas, NV. Registration is open now. Contact Teiya Eubanks for class information and to register. teubanks@kmtcreative.com or 423.316.1566…

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Congratulations to the 2011 Lammy Nominees!

2011 LAMMY Award Nominees Announced The North American Laminate Flooring Association (NALFA) is pleased to announce the nominees for the 2011 LAMMY Awards, which are given annually to companies and individuals for exceptional contributions to the la…

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NALFA certifies eco-friendly laminates

NALFA President Bill Dearing discusses the green attributes of laminate flooring and NALFA certification as a guest columnist in the 2011 FCW Green Issue. Visit fcw1.com to read the full article….

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Laminate – Beyond the kitchen

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE WASHINGTON, DC – High-heel shoes walk quickly across the kitchen floor on the way to the garage and another day’s work. Later, as dinner is being prepared, a jar of spaghetti sauce tumbles off the counter, splattering a red mes…

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Global Laminate Market Growing

Click the link below to review the article in SFGate on the recent global report on laminate flooring. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2011/10/04/prweb8831386.DTL&ao=2…

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Congratulations to NALFA Certified Inspectors!

NALFA continues to receive rave reviews for the Inspector Certification Class. The latest classes, held in Vancouver, B.C. August 25th & 26th, graduated 33 New NALFA Certified Inspectors. To date, NALFA has certified 101 Inspectors across North Ame…

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Wood and Panel Interview with Bill Dearing

NALFA President Bill Dearing was interviewed by Wood and Panel Magazine for the cover story “Laminate Flooring the fascinating underlay”. Visit the woodandpanel.us website for the full story…

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Green or greenwashing? The truth about laminate flooring.

by Bill Dearing, President, NALFA Visit any flooring department today and you’ll see a plethora of green colored signage—in fact, you have to look hard to find any display that doesn’t indicate, at the bare minimum, that a product will not cau…

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What’s in fashion?

Laminate manufacturers are taking realism to a new level … even replicating saw marks and worm holes!

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Date Change for Charleston, SC Inspector Certification Class

NALFA has rescheduled its Charleston, SC Inspector Certification Class from 9/16/11 to 9/15/11.

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NALFA Adds New Inspector Certification Class!

NALFA has added an additional inspector certification class in Vancouver, BC scheduled for August 25, 2011.

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NALFA experts weigh-in on click systems

This past May, Floor Covering Weekly included a story on the pros and cons of click systems and the impact they’re having on the installer and DIY business.

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Laminate Flooring — The Game Changer

NALFA President Bill Dearing was asked to contribute to FCN’s 25th Anniversary edition. Here’s his article in its entirety commenting on how laminate flooring truly changed the flooring industry.

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Updated Inspector Certification Class Calendar!

NALFA has announced a new laminate inspector certification class for Charleston, SC and a date change for the Chicago, IL fall class.

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Laminate Installers Can Stay Strong in a DIY World

NALFA is proud to provide laminate installers with advanced skills and techniques to help their businesses thrive in a DIY industry.

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Congratulations Dallas Inspector Participants!

Take a look inside the recent NALFA Inspector Certification Class held in Dallas, TX.

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UPDATE! Seattle Installer Certification School Rescheduled

NALFA’s Installer Certification School previously scheduled 4/19-20 in Seattle, WA has been moved to 5/10-11

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New Inspector Certification Class Added!

Additional class added in Anaheim, CA!

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Become an inspector expert! Register today!

Don’t wait another day to sign-up! Reserve your place at one of NALFA’s 2011 Inspector Certification classes.

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NALFA introduces its NEW Inspector Certification Class!

After a successful launch at the 2011 SURFACES show, the North American Laminate Flooring Association (NALFA) is ready to officially unveil its NEW Inspector Certification Class. This affordable one day class is designed just for inspectors who want …

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2010 LAMMY Awards Presented

From left to right: Matt Heil (Associate Memberof the Year), Bob Pratt (MP Global, AssociateMember Company of the Year), Jack Boesch(MP Global Associate Member Company ofthe Year), Bill Dearing (NALFA President),Drew Mittelstaedt (Longust Distributin…

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NALFA Announces 2010 LAMMY Award Nominees

NALFA will announce the winners of the 2010 LAMMY awards at a special breakfast on January 26th at SURFACES.

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2011 Installer Certification School Dates Announced

NALFA is proud to continue to offer is popular Installer Certification Classes in 2011. Dates and locations are now available for interested installers who’d like to register!

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Common Mistakes Installing Laminate Flooring

(the following is an article written by Anthony Palandro, NALFA certified senior installer, which appeared in FCI Magazine) As laminate flooring continues to gain in popularity, the need for proper installations grows in importance. For peace of min…

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Choosing the Right Laminate Floor in 6 Easy Steps

Before diving into the wide selection of laminate flooring products, consider these 6 factors that can have a big impact on your final decision and continued satisfaction.

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NALFA Installer Certification Means Business!

The NALFA Installer Certification School is an exceptional way for qualified laminate flooring installers to hone their skills and increase their business. Learn more.

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Subfloor Preparation for Laminate Flooring

NALFA certified installer, Anthony Pallandro, shares his advice on preparing a subfloor for a floating laminate floor installation. With over 38 yeas in the business, he knows everything and more!

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The Five “Must Knows” About Sound Testing

Sound testing is critical in multi-unit developments, however testing methods can be confusing and results can be misleading. NALFA helps break it down for you.

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What’s Not to Like about Laminate Flooring?

Laminate flooring is quite possibly the best all-encompassing package for your decorating dollar and perfect for busy families who want low maintenance flooring. Check out this impressive list of benefits.

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The 7 NALFA “Need-to-Knows”

Who exactly is NALFA? What’s our mission? Who can we help? We’ve compiled the top seven facts to help you get to know us.

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