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For most people, their homes represent their largest single investment. Whether you have been in your home for decades, or weeks, the money you spend to improve your home is an investment in your future, so it is important that you research your options carefully to get the most value for your money.

When it comes to choosing flooring for your home, there is no doubt that real wood floors offer the best long-term value. The National Association of Home Builders compiled a "How Long Things Last" report for homeowners. While other flooring options generally had a life expectancy of about a decade, wood flooring's estimated life was listed at 100-plus years. That's value that stands the test of time.

The wood floors you choose today will last for generations, so you want to make sure that the wood flooring professional you choose has access to the latest industry information to provide you with the high-quality job you expect. By choosing a member of the NWFA, you can be certain that he or she has the knowledge and skills to deliver a beautiful wood floor that will last for the lifetime of your home.

If an issue arises with your newly installed wood flooring, your first call should be to the company that installed the flooring. However, if an agreement cannot be reached, your second call should be directed to an NWFA Certified Professional Inspector. 

NWFA Certified Professional Inspectors have been certified based on a two-part process conducted by NWFA Certified Professionals. The process consists of a comprehensive written exam followed by the completion and approval of five inspection reports.

By choosing an NWFA Certified Inspector, you can be certain that he or she has the knowledge and skills to best assist you in inspecting your wood floors.


Looking for a quick and easy guide to wood floor selection? We've got everything you need in one easy guide. View it here.


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