Wood Floor of the Year

The NWFA’s Wood Floor of the Year (WFOY) awards were developed to encourage and recognize innovative craftsmanship and design in wood flooring installations. Since the program began in 1990, more than 200 awards have been presented to NWFA member companies throughout the world. 

The deadline for 2016 entries has passed. Good luck to all members that submitted floors.

Watch this video message from six-time WFOY award-winner Avedis Duvenjian, of Archetypal Imagery, then read the contest rules below:

Contact Liz Peuster at liz.peuster@nwfa.org or 800.422.4556 for more information.  

 

CAST YOUR VOTE

 

Voting for the Wood Floor of the Year contest is open. Cast your vote for the coveted Members' Choice award. Voting will remain open until February 29, 2016. The winners will be announced during the NWFA Awards Ceremony at the Wood Flooring Expo in Charlotte, NC, on April 28.

 

CATEGORIES 

BEST RESIDENTIAL
Entries in this category are limited to hand-cut floors in a residential setting. Hand-cut floors that use a laser cut feature such as a medallion, border, or other design element must enter in the CNC/Laser-Cut category. Applications can include jobsite finished, manufacturer finished, or engineered wood flooring. Restorations, repairs, and refinishes are not eligible.

BEST COMMERCIAL
Entries in this category are limited to hand-cut floors in a commercial setting, including showrooms, sports floors, public spaces, and other commercial businesses. Hand-cut floors that use a laser cut feature such as a medallion, border, or other design element must enter in the CNC/Laser-Cut category. Applications can include jobsite finished, manufacturer finished, or engineered wood flooring. Restorations, repairs, and refinishes are not eligible.

BEST RESTORATION
Entries in this category include all types of restorations, repairs, or refinishes, in either a residential or commercial application. Applications can include jobsite finished, manufacturer finished, or engineered wood flooring. Floors in this category cannot be a previous Wood Floor of the Year entry. For this category, a smaller photo of the “before” floor is required to be inset into the larger photo (photo within a photo) for judging.

BEST RECLAIMED
Entries in this category include all types of reclaimed wood flooring, in either a residential or commercial setting. The floor must use 100% reclaimed wood only. Applications can include jobsite finished, manufacturer finished, or engineered wood flooring. Restorations, repairs, and refinishes are not eligible.

BEST MANUFACTURER FACTORY-FINISHED
Entries in this category include all types of manufacturer factory-finished wood flooring, in either a residential or commercial application. Finish must be applied 100% at the manufacturer’s factory. Restorations, repairs, and refinishes are not eligible.

BEST LIMITED SPECIES
Entries in this category include a combination of two or less wood species, in either a residential or commercial setting. Applications can include jobsite finished, manufacturer finished, or engineered wood flooring. Restorations, repairs, and refinishes are not eligible.

BEST CNC/LASER-CUT
Entries in this category are limited to any residential or commercial application that uses CNC/laser-cut technology. Applications can include jobsite finished, manufacturer finished, or engineered wood flooring. Restorations, repairs, and refinishes are not eligible.

BEST EXTREME MAKEOVER
Entries in this category include a makeover using either hand cut or CNC/laser-cut technology of an existing wood floor by adding new design elements, while 50% of the original flooring remains intact. For this category, a smaller photo of the “before” floor is required to be inset into the larger photo (photo within a photo) for judging. Restorations, repairs, and refinishes are not eligible.

MEMBERS’ CHOICE
Entry in this category is automatic. All floors entered into the contest will be eligible, which will include all types of floors in all categories.

Wood Floor of the Year Rules

 

  1. The contest is open to NWFA member companies only. All participants must be NWFA members in good standing.

  2. Each NWFA member company entering the contest is limited to a maximum of three entries. The entries can be in the same category, or in different categories; however, each floor can be entered into the contest one time only.

  3. A separate entry form is required for each entry. You may not use the same entry form for multiple entries.

  4. The contest is open to flooring installations only. Each floor must meet all the criteria of the category in which it is entered, with the category for each entry marked clearly on the entry form. Each floor must be installed or restored at an actual job site. Floors installed or restored at instructional training events are not eligible for this contest.

  5. If multiple companies are involved in the installation or restoration, only one company may enter the floor in the contest. All companies involved in the installation or restoration should be identified on the entry form.

  6. Each entry must include a completed entry form, one 8” x 10” color photograph, and a color CD of the same photograph. Photographs should not include any company identification (person, logo, or other item) that may influence the judges, nor should photos be digitally altered. Digitally altered photographs will be disqualified. No company identification will be provided during the voting phase of the contest. To find a professional photographer in your area, consult your local yellow pages, or find a member of the Professional Photographers of American on-line at www.ppa.com.

  7. CDs submitted for the contest should include one photo only. The photo on the CD should be the same photo that is printed and sent. Digital photo format must be .jpg, minimum 300 dpi.

  8. Descriptions will be accepted as requested on the entry form only. No additional information will be used.

  9. Each floor entered into the contest must have been installed or restored, and completed, between January 2015 and January 2016.

  10. Each entry must be received at NWFA headquarters by 5:00 pm (Central) on January 8, 2016. No extensions will be granted.

  11. Nine awards will be presented, one in each of the following categories: (1) Best Residential; (2) Best Commercial; (3) Best Restoration; (4) Best Reclaimed; (5) Best Manufacturer Factory Finished; (6) Best Limited Species; (7) Best CNC/Laser Cut; (8) Best Extreme Makeover; and (9) Members’ Choice. An Honorable Mention award will be presented to 2nd place entries that receive one vote less than the first place winner in any category. Honorable Mention awards may not be presented in each category. Voting will occur online only from January 25, 2015 through February 29, 2016.

  12. Awards will be presented during an Awards Presentation to be held during the NWFA’s 2016 Wood Flooring Expo in Charlotte, NC. Winners will be notified in advance.

  13. Each winner will receive a certificate, lapel pin and trophy. In addition, each winner will be featured in Hardwood Floors magazine. All other entries will be featured on the NWFA website. Publicity will be distributed on behalf of each winner to trade press, and will be provided to each winner for use in their local media as well. Distributors will be recognized with a certificate upon request. Other participating companies (designers, manufacturers, etc.) will have the option to purchase a certificate.

  14. All entries, photographs and other materials used in this contest become the property of the NWFA for use in promoting wood flooring and the wood flooring industry. No entry materials will be returned.

  15. The NWFA reserves the right to reject any entry it deems to not be in compliance with these rules. The NWFA is the final authority on all decisions with regard to this contest. 

 

 

Questions? Contact Liz Peuster at liz.peuster@nwfa.org or 800.422.4556.


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