The National Wood Flooring Association has begun accepting entries for its 2006 Wood Floor of the Year Contest, which will feature three new categories: Best Factory Finished, Best Limited Species and Best Reclaimed. The trade organization said the competition, now in its 16th year, was developed to encourage and recognize innovative design and craftsmanship in wood flooring installations. The deadline is February 1, 2006. with winning entries are selected by NWFA members.

"We have structured these new categories to reflect what's going on in the industry," said Anita Howard, spokesperson for NWFA. "For example, we added the Best Limited Species category because it's difficult for an installation with two or three species in it to go against a medallion made of 100 species. It's not an even playing field."

Along with the three new slots, seven categories will be returning from last year: Best Kitchen/Dining Room, Best Living Room/Family Room, Best Library/Office, Best Bedroom, Best Entry/Foyer, Best Commercial/Showroom and Best Restoration. Entries will be limited to three per entrant, with individual floors eligible for one category only.

As in recent years, judging will occur on-line in March, and on-site during the NWFA's 2006 convention in Baltimore, April 26-29.