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Bud Cline
07-16-2001, 06:45 PM
This following Guide is offered for the benefit of Consumers and Do-It-Yourselfers. This Guide has been compiled thru the combined efforts of Professional Flooring Installers everywhere.

Issue #1
Consumer Flooring Guide: Internet Resources

Advice From Floor Covering Installers
The World Wide Web (WWW) has become a valuable educational tool for learning about the flooring industry on all levels. This issue of the Consumer Flooring Guide offers Internet savvy consumers tips on specific online resources to help make more informed decisions.

General Advice -

World Floor Covering Association website: http://www.wfca.org
Largest flooring industry association representing primarily retailers offers an online "Consumer Guide" at http://www.wfca.org/flooringguide/guide.asp .

Carpet -
Carpet & Rug Institute (CRI) website: http://www.carpet-rug.com
Info from the national trade association of manufacturers in the rug and carpet industry. Comprehensive consumer help features from installation to stain removal.
Jim Walker's AFCI website: http://www.carpethelp.com
Access Jim's tips from the drop down menu "CarpetHelp.com Topics". Practical advice from the most recognized expert in the field.

Resilient -
Resilient Floor Covering Institute (RFCI) website: http://www.rfci.com
Common types of resilient flooring include vinyl composition tile, vinyl tile and sheet, linoleum tile and sheet, and rubber tile and sheet. The major manufacturers of resilient floor covering in North America are members of RFCI and have extensive product and installation information available.

Laminate -
European Producers of Laminate Flooring Association (EPLF) website: http://www.eplf.com
Available in 3 languages, consumers will find the "Product information" area useful.
AzFred's "Laminate Flooring Information Location" website: http://www.azfred.com
Site about floating floors in general and laminate floors in particular without expressing a comparative brand name preference.

Ceramic Tile, Marble & Stone -
The Ceramic Tile Network, TileNet website: http://www.tilenet.com/
TileNet is a service provided by the Tile Promotion Board (TPB), which was created by the five largest ceramic tile associations active in the American market. View "THE LIFESYTLE IS TILE" brochure at: http://www.tilenet.com/lifestyle/index.html .
The National Training Center for Stone and Masonry Trades (NTC) website: http://www.ntc-stone.com
This site is geared for professionals, but good layman advice in the "Stone Tips" section as well.

Hardwood -
National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA): http://www.woodfloors.org
The National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) is a non-profit trade association representing all segments of the wood flooring industry. Very beautiful and informative website.
National Oak Flooring Manufacturers Association (NOFMA): http://www.nofma.org
A wealth of information on oak flooring including a current Buyers Guide.

Discussion Forums -
Get feedback online. Places where consumers can ask the experts.
Dave Spreen's Flooring Resources Discussion Board : http://www.humboldt1.com/~dspreen/board/index.html
Any questions related to flooring or the flooring industry are welcome here.
FloorFacts Forum: http://www.floorfacts.com/cgi-bin/config.pl
Meant to help consumers research flooring products as well as learn where to find answers to specific questions.
FloorSearch Message Board: http://www.floorsearch.com/cgi-bin/config.pl
For specific flooring related questions, the forum is frequented by consumers and flooring professionals.
iFLOOR.com Message Board: http://www.ifloor.com/cgi-bin/ubbcgi/Ultimate.cgi
Online retailers message board is broken down into general and specific product category forums.
John Bridge Forum: http://johnbridge.com/vbulletin
Includes "Tile Forum/Advice Board" for questions on tile, stone, and brick. The "Decorating and Design" area is for discussions on home decorating and interior design.

Installation -
Last but not least, installation is perhaps the most critical part of overall consumer satisfaction! More on installation in the next Consumer Flooring Guide. Future issues will cover topics such as:
+ What to expect from a floor covering installer.
+ The right questions to ask the salesperson.
+ Why floor preparation is so important.
+ The installation price is not all that matters.
+ Long term installation satisfaction depends on choosing the right product.
+ What floor covering installer certification means.
+ When DIY becomes WID (Wish I Didn't)!

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The Consumer Flooring Guide is offered as a public service and represents the collaborative effort of members of FlooringInstaller.com, an Internet company dedicated to serving professional floor covering installers. This guide may be freely distributed in its entirety for non-commercial purposes.
Copyright 2001 FlooringInstaller.com

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John Bridge
07-16-2001, 07:06 PM
Gracias, Bud. This is all really neat stuff, especially the part about how to get to the John Bridge Forum. Cool.

[Wait a minute. This IS the John Bridge Forum.]

Bud Cline
07-17-2001, 12:18 AM
I should probably give credit where credit is due and say that Dave Spreen of Dave Spreen's Flooring Resources Website and Manager of Flooringinstaller.com is responsible for putting together this great list of informational sources available to us all on the Internet.