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TRADA's flooring specialist Peter Kaczmar commends a simplified approach to Standards.

It is usually the case that when something is taken for granted, it is generally an indication that it fulfils its function without the need for additional servicing, maintenance or in-service adjustment. The fact that it does so throughout its lifetime, without need for further intervention, means that it becomes secondary to items which demand frequent attention - and consequently becomes forgotten. This is certainly true for the construction of wood floor coverings, where there is a degree of confusion or, at least, lack of clarity concerning the way in which wood floor coverings are put together.

Article from In Touch with Timber Issue 5 (Autumn 2011)

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