ProductFocus Inlays, Borders + Vents
ffering prefabricated inlays, borders and vents is a great way to upsell your hardwood floors. Whether a customer needs a stunning inlay for the foyer or a collection of elegant wood vent covers, these manufacturers have plenty of choices. As always, visit the manufacturer’s website, listed after the product description, for more information.
All American Wood Register Co.
Airwood Vents Airwood Vents produces high-quality dampered wood floor grills and wall-mounted cold-air returns. The grills are available in a wide range of wood species from oak to Brazilian cherry, as well as 57 colors to match most prefinished hardwood floors. Immediate delivery is available on all standard sizes, and custom service is provided for special orders. www.airwoodvents.com
All American Wood Register offers a line of quality, solid wood collars designed to fit over the standard plastic duct diffusers for the four most popular brands of high-velocity heating/cooling systems. These low-profile, 3⁄8-inch collars are available with a smooth unfinished surface in any of the company’s 56 wood species. www.allamericanwood.com
Artistic Finishes Inc.
Atlanta Inlaid Floors by Laser Tech
Artistic Finishes says its prefinished hardwood vents in flush or surface-mount styles complement virtually any wood floor. The vents are available in more than 50 species, and the standard lead time is 10 days. Complementary moldings, stair treads and starter steps are available, and distributor inquiries are encouraged.
Atlanta Inlaid Floors by Laser Tech’s newest medallion, The Majestic, comes in various sizes from 24 to 48 inches and is manufactured from custom-matched white oak and walnut. All of the company’s medallions and borders come in many standard thicknesses, finishes and sizes, and new designs can be viewed on the website.
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Avantgarde Inlays by Universal Wood Products Avantgarde Inlaysâ€™ Avanti 36-inch medallion is classically inspired and features a combination of exotic and domestic hardwoods. The companyâ€™s detailed, quality medallions and borders are available prefinished or unfinished at competitive prices, it says. www.hardwoodflooringinlays.com
Cherryhill Manufacturing Corp. Cherryhill manufactures laser-cut medallions, borders and corners. All inlays are hand-assembled using domestic and exotic hardwoods. Inlays come in various sizes and can be customized. www.cherryhillmfg.com
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Czar Floors Czar Floorsâ€™ Athens Collection carries an antique Greek theme. The inlay is produced using CNC equipment and micro router bits to achieve high-level detail. It is available in different thicknesses, unfinished or prefinished, and in many choices of wood species. The collection recently netted Czar Floors a 2010 NWFA Wood Floor of the Year award in the Best CNC/Laser Cut category. www.czarfloors.com
Distinctive Hardwood Floors Distinctive Hardwood Floors specializes in custom design and fabrication of wood floor accents and details. Its CNC router produces inlays with greater tolerancesÂ and none of the burned edges that cause black outlines in laser cut inlays, the company notes. Also available are beveled and distressed inlays and medallions to match any finish. www.distinctivehardwood.com
Dynamic Laser Applications Dynamic Laser Applications has been in the business of laser-cutting wood inlays for more than 24 years and specializes in producing any custom design a client may desire, the company says. The photograph shows a custom fraternity logo made from multiple domestic, dye-impregnated and exotic wood species. www.dynamiclaser.com
Grill Works Inc. Grill Works says its one-directional vent is so popular as a custom item that the company has added two standard sizes of its Flush No Frame model. The model is most commonly used in wall-mount applications for return air use but can also be used in doors and stair risers. www.grillworksinc.com
Homewood Inc. Homewood manufactures wood vents and grills in standard and custom sizes. Its wall and floor vents feature an optional metal or ABS adjustable register. Base vents are available with horizontal or vertical slats in angled or flush configurations. Large single-directional, bidirectional and custom-gridconfiguration vents are also offered. www.homewoodinc.com 48 Hardwood Floors n August|September 2010
Lighthouse Laser Arts Lighthouse Laser Arts creates floor art with an alluring medley of wood and stone inlays with 3-D shading and multi-color designs for prefinished flooring. These are made by lightly carving the surface and applying a tinted finish to any brand, color or species of flooring. 3-D sculpted designs are available for hand-scraped flooring as well. www.lighthouselaserarts.com
Louisville Wood Floors Louisville Wood Floorsâ€™ products feature custom accents. The companyâ€™s made-to-order inlays are available in any custom thickness, scale, species and texture, unfinished or prefinished. The company says its inlays fit well in residential, commercial or institutional accent areas, and that Louisville can include anything from a corporate logo to a family coat of arms in a hardwood floor. www.louisvillewoodfloors.com
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Oshkosh Designs The Alhambra medallion mixes natural and man-made elements, and it pays tribute to the skill of Muslim craftsmen who created the Alhambra palace in Granada, Spain. Wenge couples with aluminum to create this historic design. www.oshkoshdesigns.com
Ridgefield Industries Ridgefield Industries offers a new high-output, flush-mount wood vent that allows for 30 percent more airflow and features an integrated, easily removable sliding damper. The company currently stocks this vent in 20 species in all the standard sizes, and it’s offered in a normal or wide frame. www.getwoodflooring.com
Sheoga Hardwood Flooring & Paneling Inc. Sheoga offers solid, hand-crafted wood vents. The vents are available unfinished or prefinished in domestic or imported species. Available styles include: flush-mount, flush-mount with frame, selfrimming, three-dimensional and cubed. Standard and custom sizes are available. www.sheogaflooring.com
SouthFloor SouthFloor’s complete line of vents, grills, grates and diffusers is made from the same new and reclaimed heart pine as the company’s solid and engineered wood flooring. They are available in a range of styles and sizes, with or without dampers. Flush-mount or self-rimming drop-in style in louvered, linear or eggcrate designs are offered. www.southfloor.com
Yarema Marquetry Manufacturer of 14 NWFA Wood Floor of the Year winners, Yarema Marquetry offers a diverse selection of medallions, borders and parquet patterns. The company can also assist clients in creating custom designs to fulfill their unique vision. The company says all of this can be done with efficiency and surprising affordability with its new advanced fabricating and manufacturing facility. www.ymfloors.com 50 Hardwood Floors n August|September 2010