Every one of our wide plank floors is custom crafted to the customers specifications using only the finest lumber available. Because the floor is manufactured by custom craftsmen the customers choices are truly unlimited! They include selecting species, structure (engineered/solid), grade, width, texture and unlimited colors.
Did you know that an oak tree takes hundreds of years of growth before it can be lumbered, processed and milled to produce a solid wood floor among other things, and yet other fast-growing trees, like spruce, pine, fir, birch or poplar need only decades. Current consumption trends, however, do not lend themselves to such long periods of growth; thus, we cannot rely so heavily on these slow growth species. At Creative Ideas and Applications, we believe in eliminating the traditional waste associated with solid wood floor production of slow growth species, while still finding a way to showcase their incredible beauty. To do this, we use a mixture of woods to create a much more advanced flooring option – the engineered floor.
Unlike a solid wood floor, an engineered (multi-ply) floor consists of at least two types of different wood products adhered together. This means that the top layer (what you see when installed) can be a highly desired species of wood, like Oak, Hickory, Walnut or Ipe while the bottom substrate layer (what you don’t see when installed) can be those fast-growing tree species. Manufacturing floors in this way allows us to more sustainably harvest trees and produce more high quality floors with the same robust and luxurious feeling of solid wood flooring within the thickness of that top layer. When installed properly, an engineered floor is virtually indistinguishable from a solid floor – the very same look and feel with the added stability in a far more environmentally-conscious way.