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 Inspector Certification class. The specialized courses offer numerous benefits to installers and inspectors including higher income and increased business exposure.

The Advanced Installer class, which was added to NALFA’s educational curriculum in 2012, will include a hands-on installation. The installation, which will serve as a test for certification, will include installing with obstacles, molding and stairs, testing for flatness and moisture, and plank replacement.

The Inspector Certification class will include hands on training, knowledge of laminate flooring, installation requirements, inspection tools and standards, product defect review and certification testing and evaluation.

Enjoy the benefits:

  • Increased business exposure by having your name and business listed as a Certified Laminate Flooring Installer or Inspector on the NALFA website
  • Increased credibility and income potential as a Certified Laminate Flooring Installer or Inspector
  • Profit from networking with some of the best flooring professionals in the industry
  • Direct and privileged access to the technical support services of NALFA members
  • Regular updates of all technical innovations in the laminate flooring industry

About the instructors:

The Advanced Installer Certification class will be taught by Anthony Palandro, an installer, inspector and consultant who has worked in the floorcovering industry since 1972. He has been a NALFA installation trainer since 2007 and a Pergo-endorsed installer trainer since 1998.

The Inspector Certification class will be taught by Ron Starkey, an installation expert who has worked in the floorcovering industry for 49 years. He is a NALFA Certified Installer and a NALFA Certified Inspector with over 20 years of experience inspecting floor installations.

2015 NALFA Installer and Inspector Class dates and locations:

July 9, 2015 Installation – Ringgold, GA

July 10, 2015 Inspector Class – Ringgold, GA

October 22, 2015 Installation Class – Salem, NJ

October 23, 2015 Inspector Class – Salem, NJ

All classes are 8:30 am – 4:30 pm est.

Each class is $350 per person and is available for WFCA scholarship funds. If you sign up to attend both classes at a location you can take each class for $300 each. To register, download and complete the registration form at nalfa.com and fax to NALFA at (423) 634-9074 or email Valerie Roy at valerie@kmtcreative.com.

Contact: Amy Mace

(423) 305-5513

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About NALFA

The North American Laminate Flooring Association (NALFA) was formed in 1997 by U.S. and Canadian manufacturers and importers of Laminate Flooring. Since its inception, NALFA has been dedicated to creating voluntary product performance standards for Laminate Flooring in North America. For more information, visit www.nalfa.com.

 

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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 products. This move by one of the nation’s most popular flooring retailers is reinforcement that quality standards for laminate flooring products are more important than ever.

The North American Laminate Flooring Association (NALFA) wants to assure retailers that laminate flooring products carrying the NALFA Certification Seal of approval have passed rigorous ANSI performance tests for quality and are also CARB 2 compliant.

“Ultimately, we want consumers to have peace of mind that the products they place in their homes are safe,” said Bill Dearing, president of NALFA. “When retailers place NALFA certified products on their shelves that goal is achieved and both retailers and their customers can rest assured that a good decision has been made.”

Prior to earning the NALFA Certification Seal, laminate floors must pass a series of 10 rigorous performance tests including static load, thickness swell, light resistance, cleanability and stain resistance, large ball resistance, small ball resistance, water resistance, dimensional tolerance, castor chair resistance and surface bond. An independent laboratory completes the testing and submits the results to the NALFA board for final approval. Only then may a product bear the certification seal.

All NALFA Certified products comply with formaldehyde emissions regulations for laminate flooring core board set forth by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) sections 93120-93120.12, title 17, of the California Code of Regulations.
For more information and a list of NALFA certified products, visit nalfa.com.

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About NALFA
The North American Laminate Flooring Association (NALFA) was formed in 1997 by U.S. and Canadian manufacturers and importers of laminate flooring. Since its inception, NALFA has been dedicated to creating voluntary product performance standards for laminate flooring in North America. For more information, visit www.nalfa.com.

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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 (NALFA) offers some talking points for retailers who carry NALFA- certified products to help assure customers that not all laminate flooring carries the dangers of the flooring highlighted in the TV report.

NALFA is the only ANSI-accredited trade organization exclusively dedicated to the North American laminate flooring industry and representative to the International Standards Organization (ISO). NALFA-certified products must pass 10 rigorous tests conducted by an independent third-party laboratory, including meeting or exceeding CARB Phase 2 emission standards, to be approved to carry the NALFA Certification Seal. This seal serves as verification that a product will provide the retailer and consumer a safe flooring option. Laminate flooring products bearing the NALFA Certification Seal must undergo laboratory testing that affirms compliance with applicable federal and state regulations pertaining to formaldehyde content.

The recent 60 Minutes story reinforced the importance of standards and purchasing certified product. NALFA-certified laminate flooring is readily available through a multitude of sales outlets. We strongly encourage retailers and consumers to purchase laminate flooring products and accessories carrying the NALFA Seal. A list of laminate flooring and accessory manufacturers who have earned the NALFA certification may be found at NALFA.com.

The North American Laminate Flooring Association (NALFA) was formed in 1997 by U.S. and Canadian manufacturers and importers of laminate flooring. Since its inception, NALFA has been dedicated to creating voluntary product performance standards for laminate flooring in North America. For more information, visit www.nalfa.com.

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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 laminate flooring. To choose a safe laminate floor cleaner there are some things you must know. First and foremost never use any type of cleaner that works by excessive amounts of liquid or uses steam.

Liquids and steam will damage your flooring beyond repair. At first your floors will look beautiful. The shine created by these products will amaze you, but what is underneath is terrifying. When you use these kinds of cleaners they soak through your flooring. Because laminate flooring does not breathe like real wood the liquid stays inside the floor. This eats your flooring from the inside out, slowly rotting the inside of the floor. Eventually the flooring will not only become weak and damaged but it will also be a breeding ground for mold and bacteria. For this reason never apply cleaner directly to your floor, always use a mop that is barely damp, and avoid close or prolonged contact with liquid and steam.

Another type of cleaners to avoid is any that claim to leave a protective coating on your floor. This includes, but is not limited to, wax. Laminate flooring is not wood. You do not need to polish a laminate floor because it has its own shine. These cleaners and waxes will look nice for few uses but after 2 or 3 months they begin to change to a gray or yellow color. This forms a film that makes your floors look dirty and dull. The film caused by these cleansers can be difficult to remove and ruin your investment. If this type of build p occurs on your laminate flooring find a cleanser that will strip the layer off. Do not try to refinish your laminate floor. You will not be pleased with the results that sanding will bring.

The best way to choose a laminate floor cleaner is to look for a product that when applied by a damp, but not wet, mop will lift dirt with out actually polishing the floor. By following these simple rules you will preserve your flooring for years to come. Protecting your investment will give you peace of mind and allow you to enjoy your floors more freely. They really are the easiest type of flooring to care for know that you know the proper treatment they require.

http://www.safetytec.us/articles/finding-a-safe-laminate-floor-cleaner

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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 Dearing, president of NALFA. “The company is committed to advancing the laminate industry, streamlining and perfecting processes every step of the way.”
Including a board and laminate plant on one site, Clarion Laminates demonstrates the efficiency of vertical integration and progression of laminate manufacturing. Their dedication to quality exemplifies NALFA’s mission to represent and promote the very best in the industry, making the recent partnership with NALFA invaluable.
“Clarion Industries has significant interest in the advancement of laminate flooring as a category and in the promotion of North American manufacturing when possible,” said Michael Babula, Chief Marketing and Sales Officer, Clarion Industries. “We look forward to working with the NALFA organization and its member companies to achieve these goals.”
Based in Shippenville, Penn., Clarion Laminates operates under parent company Clarion Industries. This privately owned company manufactures high quality MDF (multi density fiberboard), HDF (high density fiberboard) and laminate flooring. Clarion Industries is the only fully integrated laminate flooring operation in North America, with a panel facility and laminate flooring plant on the same site. To learn more about Clarion Laminates, visit clarionindustries.com/laminates.
NALFA Regular Members are manufacturers, importers or marketers that offer laminate flooring for sale within North America. Other NALFA Regular Members include Columbia Flooring, Mannington Mills, Mohawk, Pergo, LLC, Quick-Step®, Shaw Industries, Inc. and TORLYS, Inc.
NALFA offers three levels of membership – Regular Manufacturing Membership, Associate Membership and Testing House/Lab/Academic Membership. For more information, visit http://nalfa.com/find-a-product/become-a-member/ to download the membership packet.
About NALFA
The North American Laminate Flooring Association (NALFA) was formed in 1997 by U.S. and Canadian manufacturers and importers of laminate flooring. Since its inception, NALFA has been dedicated to creating voluntary product performance standards for laminate flooring in North America. For more information, visit www.nalfa.com.

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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 presence in the laminate flooring industry. And its partnership with NALFA is indicative of the mutual support that continues to move the laminate industry forward.

“As a major HDF supplier to the laminate flooring market, we feel that membership in the industry’s key industry association will support our sales activities,” said Tom Reudy, Flakeboard Business Development Manager. “We expect our experience to be benefited through participation in the association’s activities, information exchange and improvements to our customer network.”

Flakeboard produces a multi-faceted range of particleboard, medium and high-density fiberboard (HDF) products, serving numerous customers in the laminate manufacturing industry.

Many of the company’s high quality products are available in a variety of specialized grades, including as fire-rated, moisture resistant (MR), countertop and door core. Flakeboard also produces raw particleboard panels, which are generally used in manufacturing cabinets, furniture, and retail store fixtures and components for millwork industries.

Additionally, Flakeboard manufactures FIBREX®, a thin HDF, in a flexible range of lengths and widths. The company offers a variety of finishing and specialty options from suppliers, such as Arclin/Coveright, Formica and Wilsonart. Flakeboard’s finished panels are available in a variety of textures, giving a unique enhancement to each design.

Flakeboard’s manufacturing footprint and distribution network stretches throughout North America. All of the produced panels are California Air Resources Board (CARB) Compliant and are marked as Eco-Certified Composite™.
Flakeboard products can help homes and businesses earn LEED certification for Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design. They are also certified by the Forest Stewardship Council®.

Flakeboard is a wholly owned subsidiary of Arauco, Inc. Based in Santiago Chile, Arauco manufactures a wide range of products, including composite panels, plywood, millwork, lumber and pulp. Arauco materials are procured from company-owned and managed forests throughout South America.

For more information, visit http://nalfa.com/find-a-product/become-a-member/ to download the membership packet.

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Now Enrolling! NALFA 2014 Installer/Inspector Certification School

Now enrolling: 2014 NALFA Certification Classes
Flooring 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, GA
July 11 – Inspector Class – Ringgold, GA
September 25 – Installer Class – Anaheim, CA
September 26 – Inspector Class – Anaheim, CA
November 13 – Installer Class – Salem, NJ
November 14 – Inspector Class – Salem, NJ

To register for either course or for more information, contact Teiya Eubanks at (423) 316-1566 or teubanks@kmtcreative.com. To register, download the registration form at NALFA.com, complete and fax to NALFA at (423) 634-9074.

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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: Gary Palmer – Pregis
  • Distributor of the Year: Elias Wilf – Owings Mill, MD
  • Retailer of the Year: Lowes – Mooresville, NC
  • Associate Member of the Year: SELIT
  • Member Company: Quick-Step

The LAMMY Awards are given annually to recognize both companies and individuals for excellence in a number of categories in the laminate flooring industry. Great work, everyone! Read more at:

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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 be on newsstands and sold in 1500+ bookstores including Barnes and Noble, Books-A-million and Hastings, and will be available to advertisers in bulk for use as marketing pieces and tutorials for customers.  
Living on Laminate will also be available on NALFA.com and appear on cross-platform  digital magazine Magzter.com. 
Content areas include: Laminate and Your Lifestyle, Discovering Laminate, Laminates Room by Room, Premium Materials, NALFA Certified Products, Installation and Maintenance, Laminate Buyers Guide, and List of NALFA Certified Brands.  
Be on the look out for the publication in April 2014!  
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