2016 Kitchen and Bath + Builder Show Jan 19-21

New Products Coming Soon to Builder Show and KBIS 2016

The combined IBS/KBIS (International Builder Show/Kitchen & Bath Industry Show) dubbed DCW (Design & Construction Week) enters its 3rd year in 2016 in Las Vegas from January 19th through January 21st. Joining the 2016 DCW event in Las Vegas are the International Window Coverings Expo (IWCE) and the International Surface Event (TISE). It's a HUGE show!

When it comes to appliances, we can expect to see a continued focus on smart appliances, more import cooking brands (think Italy), and some added appliance finishes and colors.

Smart Appliances

We've been given just a few hints that more manufacturers will expand the use of technology to connect appliances to smartphones, home networks, and etc. The big question is convincing consumers to spend more for new features that they may still view as gimmicky.

New Brands

Unlike the U.S. appliance industry which is dominated by a few big brands, Europe has a wealth of brand names. In particular, there appears to be a host of Italian factories making cooking products that have been around for decades, now seeking to export their products to the U.S.

New Colors and Finishes

There has been a renaissance of pastel colors in appliances from the 50's and 60's. Buyers are showing an increased willingness to add these striking, colorful appliances in retro designs to their kitchens. Expect to see bold colors in more brands, and a continued interest in “old style” appliances. In addition, you owe it to yourself to take a look at the new black stainless steel. Photos don't really help. It's stainless steel with the stainless grain or “brush”, and it's black not shiny silver.

If you're not attending DCW this year, the event is moving to Orlando for 2017 and 2018 and returning to Las Vegas in 2019.


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A Guide for Man-Made or Synthetic Flooring Options

Educating yourself about the various options available for flooring in your home might seem like a daunting task. There are so many wonderful ways to create the perfect floor to coordinate with the overall design of a room or entire home. A smart way to go about it is to first learn the basic attributes of what makes each flooring type a smart choice. Use this guide to begin your research process. When you’ve narrowed it down to a few favorites, visit our store to learn more about each of them.

Porcelain or Ceramic Tile

Hard glazed squares made of porcelain or ceramic. This material has been well loved and used for a few centuries because it has so many valuable attributes. It is highly durable, strong, and stain resistant. It’s available in a wide variety of colors, and if it does happen to chip or crack it’s fairly easy to replace broken pieces. (This would be an unusual occurrence because of its durability.) It’s also quite easy to clean and sterilize. Learn all about tile in our Introduction to Tile.

Carpet

Carpet is made of either wool or synthetic materials. It is ideal for rooms where comfort is the number one priority. It can positively contribute to air quality by way of trapping some debris and pet dander until it can be vacuumed away. It insulates warmth well during seasonably cold weather, and it also serves to help reduce loud sounds and noise. If you would like to learn more about this, visit our Introduction to Carpet!

Engineered Wood

Engineered (aka composite wood) is manufactured by a veneer layer of hardwood overtop of several wood layers beneath. A big benefit of this material is that it can be installed fast, making it ideal for time-crunched projects. It’s easily installed over subflooring, including padding or concrete. In addition to other areas in the house, it works quite well in basements and below grade spaces because it is quite resistant to the effects of moisture. Learn more about Engineered Wood on our website.

LVT (Luxury Vinyl Tile)

LVT is a synthetic polymer flooring material that is very budget friendly. It can be glued or nailed over subflooring, and it’s easy to install. It’s easy to clean and water resistant, while also being durable and flexible. Visit our Introduction to Vinyl to learn more!


Arizona Wholesale Supply – Appliances, Floor Coverings, and Much More

Arizona Wholesale Supply Company – Count on Us

We're Arizona's leading builder distributor, and we've been here for over 70 years. While we've seen many changes over the years, a few things have stayed the same.

We're proud of our name. Arizona Wholesale Supply Company. It's been our name since the beginning. We like it and we think we'll keep it. It says a lot.

We're a family owned business, and we treat our many employees as family, too. Some of our managers and employees have been with us for decades.

We're here in Arizona, and you can count on decisions being made here – no unnecessary delays, and no excuses.

Our mission is to serve our customers. We have locations in Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Tucson. We run a fleet of our own trucks from our warehouse in Phoenix, delivering throughout the Valley and in Tucson. We have our own installation crews, and even our own service department.

Our professional sales team has years of experience with all the major brands, and we have specialists in both appliances and floor coverings.

Behind the scenes we have a full staff, handling all the scheduling and logistics of ordering, billing, shipping, installing, customer service, etc.

So, that's OUR STORY. How can we help YOU?


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Why We Love Laminate Flooring For The Kitchen

Laminate flooring is small slice of genius when it comes to kitchen flooring. Its best attributes are all ideal for a kitchen that is a busy central hub in the home. It is the space where adults, kids, guests, and pets all converge and inevitably make some kind of mess. Children pour milk into the cereal bowl too fast and splash it all over the floor. Pets dance around excitedly hoping for a treat and add a lot of wear to the floor in the process. Dinner party guests accidentally tip their appetizer plate and the sauce creeps underfoot.  If this sounds like your kitchen and you’re getting ready to remodel we recommend you take a serious look at a laminate flooring option. Why?

To begin with, modern laminate flooring is designed to resemble real wood or tile and the effect is convincing. Using laminate doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style and good taste. Next, a huge benefit of laminate is that it is very easy to clean. To care for it just be sure to quickly clean up any spills, sweep it regularly, and use a damp mop to maintain the luster of the surface. If you do this consistently, upkeep of the floor over time will be a piece of cake because laminate flooring is resistant to stains and scratches.

It happens to be exceptionally durable because of the way it is constructed. It is comprised of four layers that achieve both strength and aesthetics. They are: a melamine wear layer, a high-resolution photo, a dense core board, and a melamine backing layer. There is one detrimental substance that compromises the integrity of the flooring and that is dirt/sand. It is very abrasive and if it is on the floor for extended lengths of time it will scratch it.

Another benefit of laminate flooring is the ease with which it can be installed! It’s amazingly simple.  Both glue-free and glue options are available. These are applied over the subfloor and an underlayment (sometimes two underlayment layers). 

The last reason we’ll share, although there are certainly more, is the fact that there are so many options. Once you start exploring the details of this type of flooring you’ll find that it’s available in a wide variety of colors, textures, shapes, and finishes. All things considered, it’s an excellent choice for a household where function is the number one priority in the kitchen!

If you would like to read more about this material, visit How Laminate Is Made.  Make sure to visit us online or in person if you have any questions about the process or how to get started with this amazing option for your home!

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FLOORTÉ™: Luxury Vinyl Flooring Collection from Shaw

At Shaw, luxury vinyl flooring—which we often call resilient—is our forte. So we’re calling our latest collection Floorte™.

Floorte™ is a vinyl laminate made using high-definition printing to emulate a hardwood or tile surface. Shaw's engineered FOLD N GO™ locking system makes installation easy. Floorté™ floors are not only strong and durable, but their flexible design helps conceal imperfections in the floor beneath. The high-definition printing creates a highly authentic appearance, and the hardwood designs are created to match the top species and colors of hardwood.

“You can get the wood look without the high-maintenance, a product that hides imperfections in subfloors, and an easy click system,” says Natalie Cady, director of hard surface marketing. “The fact that it’s waterproof is just icing on the cake.”

Laminate Coreboard Technology

An Eco-Friendly Alternative

Known for being committed to the environment, Shaw Floors laminate options are an ideal choice for all of us who are environmentally conscious. Shaw laminates have a long life span. Replacement is something you won't even think about for many years to come.

Why Choose Laminate?

Since laminate is made to look like and even feel like hardwood, maybe you're wondering why you shouldn't just buy hardwood? Shaw floors has a great selection of hardwood floors. But, here are some reasons you may want laminate:

  1. As always, price may be a consideration. Laminate can be half the price of hardwoods. And the easier, quicker installation, can save you money, also.

  2. Even though hardwood is a “natural” product, laminate is much more durable than hardwood. It's not nearly as likely to scratch or split. It's much more resist moisture damage, and maintenance is a breeze. There's less wear and tear, and it's very resistant to spills and stains.

  3. Laminate is also versatile. Various wood grains, colors, tints and patterns are limited only by consumer demand.

Visit your nearest Arizona Wholesale Supply contractor or designer showroom for more information on flooring products.

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IBS and KBIS 2015, Design and Construction Week

A Change is Gonna Come

2015 is going to be a year of great change and growth

A Change is Gonna Come is a famous song by Sam Cooke, and when it comes to appliances, flooring, and more, Arizona Wholesale Supply is definitely going to be singing about changing and growing in 2015.

Let’s start with the new products being shown during the 2015 Design and Construction Week in Las Vegas Jan 21-23. For the first time, five separate industry shows will all be exhibiting in Las Vegas at the same time. It’s going to be a BIG show!

Design and Construction Week

 

  • IBS – International Builders’ Show
  • KBIS – Kitchen and Bath Industry Show
  • Surfaces – The International Surface Event
  • International Window Coverings Expo
  • Las Vegas Market – home décor, furnishings, accessories, and gifts

Exhibitors will be showing their new products and designs at three separate venues in Las Vegas. So, there are going to be thousands of people moving to and from show locations. We’ll see manufacturers demonstrating new, innovative products, and we’re also sure to see more “connected” home products than ever before.

We’ll be able to operate smart appliances by smart phone or tablet. In turn, your appliances will also be able to communicate with you, warning you when a refrigerator door is left open, notifying your when your oven has finished pre-heating, or when it’s time to replace a refrigerator water filter. And that’s just the beginning.

Check this blog and our facebook and twitter pages often from Jan. 21 – Jan. 23, for live bulletins from Design and Construction Week.

The really big news in the appliance industry was actually announced in 2014 when Electrolux announced it was acquiring GE’s Appliance division. Now, in 2015 we’ll get to see some changes as Electrolux takes control of GE appliances, and along the way may become the largest appliance company in the World. More to come…for sure. As Sam Cooke wrote: A Change is Gonna Come.

Electrolux

GE Appliances

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Should I Use Different Flooring in My Kitchen than in the Rest of the House?

When you begin a new kitchen renovation, or you consider replacing the flooring in the rest of your home, you may wonder whether you should extend your new flooring throughout the space, or separate the kitchen. For many years, the kitchen was seen as separate from the rest of the home, much like the bathroom is now. Therefore the rule of thumb was always that the kitchen often needed separate flooring. Things have changed, however, which means that kitchens can now take on several different looks.

When the Kitchen Should Be Separate

There are times when the kitchen flooring should remain separate from the rest of the home. If your house falls into one of these categories, consider keeping the kitchen flooring different:

  • If the kitchen is closed off from the rest of the house by way of a door or doors.
  • If you use carpet in the areas directly off the kitchen.
  • If you have flooring in the rest of the house that would be difficult to match to color, tone, or style.
  • If the kitchen is on a slightly different level than the rest of the flooring, such as one section of flooring being thicker or more elevated than the other

When the Kitchen Should Be the Same

Since the time of Frank Lloyd Wright, floor plans have been opening up across the country. This means that kitchens are rarely as closed off from the rest of the house as they used to be. If your kitchen opens out onto another room, or is a combination kitchen and dining room or kitchen and living room, the flooring ideally needs to stay the same through all the areas to get the most cohesive effect.

Likewise, if you are renovating your kitchen at the same time you are replacing the floors in other areas of your home that are adjacent to the kitchen, it would make sense at this time to choose the same floors for your kitchen.

How Can I Accent My Hardwood Floors?

Hardwood flooring makes a beautiful addition to any home. For rooms that need a little more style than even the most exotic hardwood can bring, though, there are several ways that you can accent the floor to highlight the space.

Contrasting Wood Tones

One way you can boost the appeal of your flooring and highlight the shape of your room at the same time is to outline your space with a single line of contrasting wood running through the home. Pick a dark-colored or stained hardwood that will stand out against the rest of the wood and install it a few rows in from the edges of the walls, outlining the room or rooms of your home. This subtle accent highlights the shape of the rooms without adding any extra pattern or design.

Use a Hardwood Floor Accent

Did you know that there are accents out there made just for hardwood floors? These decorative border pieces are the same thickness and width as your floor boards and are designed to be installed with a field of plain hardwood for a more prominent accent. They often come in repeating patterns and may be made out of water-jet cut wood or stone that has been pieced together in a unique way.

Change Your Pattern

If you want to emphasize a certain area of a room, such as the space where your dining room table goes, consider just changing the pattern your hardwood is laid in. For example, you can lay the wood straight until it reaches the designated area, then lay a single row as a border and fill in the interior with a herringbone pattern to offset it from the rest of the room.

Install a Medallion

If you really want to make a statement in a room such as a foyer or entryway, consider installing a medallion in your hardwood floor. Floor medallions are large murals made of stone or wood that has been pieced together into patterns. With new water-jet technologies, medallions can now be produced in nearly any pattern or design from a coat-of-arms to silhouettes.

Update Your Floor

With just a little imagination, you can update and transform your hardwood flooring into something amazing. All you may need is a little accent.

What Is the Difference Between Filled and Unfilled Travertine?

Formed deep inside hot springs, travertine exudes rustic charm in its natural state. This unique looking limestone comes in a variety of different finishes that use terms you won’t find in other stones. Using the incorrect term for what it is you are looking for could change the entire look of your design, so it helps to learn more about them.

Travertine is a calcium based stone that formed inside a cooling hot spring. The escaping water vapor left behind countless tunnels inside the stone. When cut into tiles and counters, these tunnels show up as holes.

Travertine can be cut so the holes form long lines in the stone. This is known as cross-cut stone, and in this case the holes are always filled.

When travertine is cut like all stones, it has a very pock-marked surface. This is charming when the stone is tumbled, but can be a little incongruous looking when the travertine is honed or polished. Therefore some manufacturers will fill the holes with an epoxy designed to closely match the color of the stone and disguise the holes. Sometimes this fill can be radically different in color than the rest of the stone, and if there was a particularly big hole, it can really stand out.

Therefore some manufacturers choose to leave their travertine unfilled. Again, most often you will see this in tumbled, chiseled, or rustic travertine, but you will also occasionally see it in honed stones. When this occurs, the holes are meant to be filled with grout during installation. Leaving a few holes is fine for rustic texture, but too many holes mean that:

  1. The stone is weaker and more prone to cracking and other issues over time
  2. The stone is now a catch-all for dirt, dust, and debris, as well as very difficult to keep clean

When installing the stone, it’s important to choose a grout that matches the color of the stone as closely as possible, and then skim over its surface rather than just hitting the edges. This fills the holes, strengthens the stone, and creates the most pleasing look for the installation. We are more than willing to answer any questions you may have about travertine.  Please ask!