2021 WFOY: Best Use of Technology

Czar Floors | Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania

Photo courtesy of Czar Floors

CATEGORY DETAILS:

Entries in this category have installed floors utilizing advancements in technology (CNC, laser, etc.).

WHAT MAKES THIS FLOOR UNIQUE:

The floor representing the best use of technology was designed to precisely replicate a reflection of the room’s ceiling beams onto the floor – a complex feat made possible with the use of laser measuring and layout tools.

“This floor was a challenge in that the homeowner wanted the pattern on the floor to exactly mirror the reflection of ceiling beams,” explains Edward Tsvilik of Czar Floors. “With the use of laser tools, we took exact coordinates of the beams to replicate onto the floor design. We then used tools made by Leica to extract multiple measuring points which we could plug into AutoCAD and feed to CNC equipment. To maximize ease-of-installation, Tsvilik and his team pre-cut the pieces and created exact instructions on how to lay out the floor.”

“We sent the installers everything they needed to install and glue down everything as a set (imagine a set of Legos). We made all the borders pre-cut at the shop, we then stained them, and sent them off,” explains Tsvilik. “Hundreds of feet of custom border with precut sharp-angled corners and square corner blocks were built. It was a big challenge for us, but we laid out the entire room in our yard just to make sure everything would come together correctly.”

Installation Type: Glue Down
Flooring Type: Engineered, Parquet
Flooring Finish: Basic Coatings – Street Shoe
Finish Sheen: Semi-Gloss
Species: White Oak, Wenge, Maple, Kempas, Merbau
Square Feet: 550

Photo courtesy of Czar Floors

Click on the links below to learn more about that floor, the other category winners, and to see a showcase of all projects entered into the contest. And be sure to check out upcoming episodes of the NWFA Wood Talk podcast, as Brett Miller, VP of technical standards, training, and certification, will have discussions with WFOY winners about their projects.

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