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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.

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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.

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!

What’s the Right Flooring Choice for Your Home?

There are many of us who are presently trying to move or buy new homes. Have you ever wondered and maybe asked, what’s the right flooring choice for your home? In order to answer this question, we tell you that there are a lot of choices out there in the flooring industry including; laminate, hardwood, cork, bamboo, rubber, carpet, vinyl, tile and carpet flooring. Are you dazed by the list? There’s absolutely no need to be because you can always seek the opinion of one of our flooring experts before deciding on which flooring to use for your home.

Making a choice of the type of flooring to use in your home is influenced by several factors which includes, but is not limited, to your budget, desire and need.  Do you need a designer home that has a touch of timeless classic to it? Then you will surely settle for the hardwood floors because they have come to stay as far as designer homes are concerned. In any case that you are a great lover of nature and the ‘green’ type of person, you will definitely want to look at cork and bamboo flooring since they are known to be environment friendly.

If, for example, you need warmth and comfort in your room and you ask an expert what’s the right flooring choice for your home? They might tell you that carpet works best as far as warmth is concerned. What if you are looking for flooring that is hard wearing, durable and beautiful at the same time? Laminate flooring might be the best option for you.