What’s the Difference between Solid and Engineered Wood Floors?

If you want hardwood flooring in your home, there are numerous choices available for homeowners today. Laminate floors are not really wood, but a type of plastic made to look like wood. That is easy to understand. But how to you know the difference between solid and engineered hardwood, flooring? Which is the best product, and which one should you install in your home? Both solid and engineered hardwood floors are made of real wood, unlike laminate. There are several other differences between the two types of floorboard, however, that you need to consider depending on your home’s subfloor and where in your home you intend to install them.

Solid Wood Floors

Solid wood floorboards are made out of a single piece of wood. The top of the wood is finished, but the grain and color go straight down to the bottom of the board. You can therefore refinish and sand down the top of the board as many times as you’d like without disturbing or ruining the floor.

Solid wood floors are subject somewhat to moisture, meaning that they swell with moisture and shrink again when dry. This means that they cannot be installed below grade or in finished basements, because the moisture levels would cause the boards to warp over time. They also may not work well on concrete subfloors because concrete doesn’t totally block moisture. Even a moisture barrier only helps to a point.

Engineered Wood Floors

Engineered wood floors are made of hardwood, just like solid floorboards. The difference is that they are made up of several different layers of wood, each running a different direction. Only the top layer is meant to be finished. These boards can be sanded and refinished only a few times before you get to the layer below.

What makes engineered wood floors so beneficial is the way that the layers run in different directions. This means that the boards are much more stable in humid and wet conditions, and they are less likely to swell and warp. Therefore, you can install engineered wood floors anywhere in your home, including below grade and in finished basements. They can also work well with a concrete subfloor.


When installed, both types of hardwood floors look identical. You cannot tell the difference between them from looking at their surfaces. Therefore, it’s best to base your decision on the stability or longevity of the boards and which one will work better in your home.

Choosing Between High Pile and Low Pile Carpet

Carpet provides soft flooring for tired and weary feet. This can be especially relaxing for people who are exhausted from work or school, and also safe for children who are fond of playing on the floor.


Two possible types of carpet flooring that homeowners may choose from are high pile carpet and low pile carpet.


High Pile Carpet


High pile carpet has loose carpet threads that give it a fluffy appearance and softer texture. This is precisely why some refer to it as soft carpet.  Types of high pile carpet include the Saxony cut and plush carpets.


The disadvantage of having high pile carpet is that it may be difficult to clean and maintain. Stains and footprints may easily show. Moreover, the threads and fibers can become even much looser and settle on top of the carpet. The plush carpet pile, for example, is prone to scuffing.


Within rooms with low traffic, these soft carpets can provide a lot of comfort. The Saxony cut pile, for example, is one of the most remarkable carpet piles in terms of being “fuzzy”. It can give a room a relaxing and welcoming ambience.


Low Pile Carpet


Low pile carpet has a flatter appearance compared to high pile carpet. The fibers that make up the material are very tightly woven. Because of this, there is less space for dirt and stains to settle into. This can be easily cleaned especially when treated with a protective stain-resistant solution.


The downside to low pile carpet is that any dirt caught within the knots can be very visible. In order to address this issue, busy patterns with swirls can be used. Also, when choosing a low pile carpet, it is best to look for a high-density type made with strong synthetic materials.


For areas with heavy foot traffic such as the foyer or mudrooms, the low pile carpet can be a viable choice. Families with little children or pets may also opt for this type of flooring, which can be easy to clean but still comfortable for activities such as playing.


If you have any questions regarding the type  of carpet that is right for your home, feel free to ask!

How To Choose Flooring For A Kid’s Room


Flooring choices today seem nearly endless. There are products made of nearly every conceivable material in both hard and resilient tile, planks, and carpets. Homeowners installing new flooring in a room of their home have a lot of choices to consider. These choices become even more important when the flooring is going into an area predominately used by kids.

Kids’ Flooring Considerations

While style or sustainability may be factors that you look for in the flooring used through the rest of the house, there are several other considerations that need to come to the forefront of the decision for kids’ room flooring.

What How the Room Is Used

A room that is used for crafts and playtime will need a very different floor than a room used mostly for sleeping or reading. Consider how the kids will use the flooring – be down on it playing? Painting and drawing up above it? – when making your choice.

Clean Up

Whether this is a playroom or a bedroom, most parents are aware that kids floors tend to get messy. Spilled paint from a craft project or an overturned cup can quickly create a stain that requires some attention. That’s why choosing either a product that doesn’t stain such as porcelain or vinyl tiles, or a product that can be easily cleaned like stain resistant carpeting make better choices than something like natural stone that could absorb the stains. Eliminating things like grout joints, seams, and other places that can collect dirt is also a wise move in helping to keep the flooring looking great over time.


Some kids like to play rough. Others like to wrestle, and some occasionally are known to drop things. When considering the flooring, take its resiliency into consideration as well. Carpeting, vinyl, linoleum, and cork can all be softer underfoot cushioning falls and making for a more comfortable play surface.

Color and Style

Kids’ rooms should be a reflection of their personalities and things they do there. Consider choosing flooring that can be laid in a variety of colors or patterns or that comes in bold colors that can complement the rest of the kids’ décor.

Choose Wisely

The flooring in your home should last for as long as the room you put it into does. Make a wise choice considering the flooring in a kid’s room to help ensure it outlasts their activities. 

Appliance Delivery from Arizona Wholesale Supply

Your Home Delivery Installation and Service

Floor Covering and Major Appliances from Arizona Wholesale Supply

Arizona Wholesale Truck

I know a little bit about the great appliances at Arizona Wholesale Supply because I sold appliances myself for a number of years. I also know the great sales people at Arizona Wholesale Supply because of my longstanding association with them. But, today I'm writing as a customer about the Arizona Wholesale Supply delivery and installation experience.

I recently embarked on a major remodeling project and purchased all new carpet, new tile, and new appliances from AZ Wholesale. Whether it was the Shaw carpeting and floor tile or the KitchenAid and Whirlpool appliances, each time a delivery was scheduled I received a phone call from the office advising me of the scheduled delivery and time frame. The day before, and again early on the morning of the delivery, I received calls confirming and updating the delivery time.


Delmar Contreras and Antonino Gallardo, Arizona Wholesale Supply

The Arizona Wholesale Supply delivery truck arrived with my Whirlpool washer and dryer, and KitchenAid microwave/hood and refrigerator. Two neat and polite men wearing AZ Wholesale Supply shirts identified themselves and came in to take a look at the install locations. They quickly went about their business prepping the appliances; one man working on the washer and dryer – the other taking care of the microwave/hood and refrigerator. The washer was installed first, giving the installer time to run the washer through a short cycle while completing the rest of the installation. Therefore, he knew that the washer worked, and there were no leaks. Meanwhile, the other installer had installed and vented the KitchenAid microwave hood combination. The men teamed up, and carefully wheeled in my KitchenAid refrigerator.

They removed the packing, tape, and film from each of the appliances, installed add-ons suh as the water filter, etc., connected all the water lines using high quality braided hoses, wiped down the appliances, and removed instructions and warranty cards placing them in an adjacent drawer. After completing the installs, they checked things over and gave us a brief explanation of how the appliances worked, thanked us, and were on their way.

Antonio Gallardo, Arizona Wholesale Supply

A couple weeks later, when I was ready for my KitchenAid double oven range and KitchenAid Superba dishwasher, a new installation team arrived, and I had a similar terrific experience. I'd be remiss if I didn't also mention the professional work of the carpet and tile installation team from Arizona Wholesale.

The delivery and installation folks at Arizona Wholesale Supply really know their stuff, and I really appreciated their courteous, professional demeanor. KUDOs to Arizona Wholesale Supply's delivery and installation service.

For more information call or visit the experts at Arizona Wholesale Supply .

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Phoenix 602 258-7901, Scottsdale 480 596-0092, Tucson 520 795-4663

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New Scottsdale Builder Design Studio

Arizona Wholesale Supply Launches NEW Selection Center for Builders

New Builder Design Studio and New Major Appliance Showroom

Two Separate Showrooms – One Great Company

To meet the diverse needs of new home builders for homebuyer selection centers, and to also satisfy various major appliance clients, Arizona Wholesale Supply has created a dual showroom concept at the Scottsdale Design Center.

Appliance Showroom

Appliance Showroom

Builder Design Studio

Builder Design Studio

The existing Arizona Wholesale Supply Scottsdale appliance showroom has been remodeled and updated with a fresh look and new appliances. In addition, an adjacent showroom suite has been converted into a homebuilder selection center. In this all new builder design studio design consultants working by appointment assist homebuyers in selecting their options and upgrades. This new facility has a broad selection of floor covering products – carpet, tile, hardwoods, etc. as well as many other design and decorator options, eg. window treatments, countertops, closet organizers, cabinets, backsplashes, and more.

View the Arizona Wholesale Supply unique “two showrooms in one” approach by clicking on the brief video below:

For more information on the various builder services available call Bill Parks at Arizona Wholesale Supply 602 258-7901. To schedule an appointment at the appliance showroom call your nearest showroom below.

Call or visit the experts today at Arizona Wholesale Supply .

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Arizona Wholesale Supply and Mattamy Homes

Featured Builder: Mattamy Homes

Mattamy Homes is Canada’s largest home builder, with operations across Canada and the United States. In the United States, the company is represented in five metropolitan areas: Minneapolis, Charlotte, Phoenix, Jacksonville and Orlando.

Communities in Arizona include:

  • Goodyear – Palm Valley North
  • Buckeye – Verrado
  • Mesa – Eastmark
  • Mesa – Granite Ridge COMING SOON!
  • Peoria – Crosspointe
  • Peoria – Desert Vista in Vistancia
  • Peoria – Westland Heights in Vistancia
  • Surprise – Marley Park Estates
  • Surprise – Marley Park Heritage

Mattamy is involved in every aspect of neighborhood planning, from acquiring the land, designing the homes and striving to deliver an exceptional customer experience. The 750 people who work in Mattamy’s divisions and professional disciplines are committed to providing the best homeowner experience; Mattamy is universally recognized for its commitment to customer satisfaction, and continually ranks at the top of most homeowner satisfaction surveys.

Design Center Services

With a host of products and services, Arizona Wholesale Supply offers home builders the ability to provide their home buyers a one-stop shopping experience that works best for builder and the buyer. Here’s how this works for Mattamy Homes Arizona division.

At a dedicated Mattamy Homes Design Center featuring a wide array of products from Arizona Wholesale, experienced design consultants working with scheduled appointments guide new home buyers through the selection process. From new appliances and floor covering, through cabinets, countertops, lighting, and even window treatments, buyers can colorize and compare to get just the right combination for their lifestyle and their budget.

Take a tour through the design center below:


For more information call or visit the experts at Arizona Wholesale Supply .

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AZ Wholesale Supply Corporate Offices

Discover Arizona Wholesale Supply Company

Phoenix Showroom, Warehouse, and Corporate Offices

Arizona's leading distributor of appliances, floor coverings, window treatments and more invites you to join us on a tour of our facilities. Since 1944, we've been working hard at taking care of the needs of Arizona's building community. We're still growing and finding new opportunities to help our trade customers be more successful. So, whatever your needs as a member of the design and construction business, take a fresh look at how Arizona Wholesale Supply can be your resource for products and services for your next project.

Each day as our trucks leave these docks for all parts of the Valley, Tucson, and Northern Arizona, semi-trucks filled with appliances, carpeting, tile, and much more arrive at our warehouse.

To be your source for all these product lines we need to take care of all the logistics: warehousing, order entry, payables, receivables, delivery, installation, and service. It's a big undertaking, and it's the reason you need Arizona Wholesale Supply – because yes, we sell appliances and carpeting, but we do so much more.

Martha Cornelison has been with us for twenty years. Join Martha as she takes you on a brief video tour of Arizona Wholesale Supply Company's Phoenix showroom, and corporate heaquarters.



For more information on how Arizona Wholesale Supply can be your supplier call Bill Parks at 602 258-7901 today.

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Arizona Wholesale Supply Offsite Design Studio

Learn About Homebuyer Selection Centers

Arizona Wholesale Supply Builder Services

Of course, everyone knows that Arizona Wholesale Supply (AWS) is Arizona's largest builder distributor with operations in Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Tucson. It's also no surprise that homebuilders often send their new home buyers to one of these AWS showroom locations to select their appliances, floor coverings, and window treatments. BUT, very few people know that Arizona Wholesale Supply operates an offsite design studio for one of Arizona's leading homebuilders.

Mattamy Homes

At this builder specific design studio, home buyers select not only appliances, floor coverings, and window treatments, but Arizona Wholesale Supply design consultants also help home buyers with their selections of cabinets, countertops, lighting options, and much more. Click on the YouTube video below to visit this amazing facility:

In addition to operating separate builder design studios, AWS trained consultants make house calls! That's right, Arizona Wholesale Supply sends its own design consultants to builder selection centers in model home complexes to meet with buyers and assist them in selecting their options and upgrades.

Model Home Complex

Model Home Complex

For more information about Arizona Wholesale Supply's design studio services contact Bill Parks at 602 258-7901.

Appliances, floor coverings, window treatments, and more

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Phoenix 602 258-7901, Scottsdale 480 596-0092, Tucson 520 795-4663

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Remodeling Never Ends at Arizona Wholesale

New Appliances are Just the Beginning

Floor Covering, Window Treatments, Closet Systems, and More

Arizona Wholesale Supply is always updating.

With all the appliance manufacturers we represent it seems that there is always a new line of cooktops, ovens, refrigerators, or dishwashers being launched. That means tearing down one display or vignette of appliances to make room for another. On top of that, in addition to displaying the latest in Whirlpool, Electrolux, KitchenAid, Sub Zero, Viking, Jenn-Air, Thermador, Bosch, Maytag, Miele appliances and more, there are new brands hitting the market all the time.

AWS Brands

In addition to all these kitchen appliance brands, there are also many appliance related products that need to be displayed such as water softeners, RO systems, outdoor grills, pizza ovens, and others.

Of course, appliances are only one side of the business at Arizona Wholesale Supply. For many years Arizona Wholesale Supply Company has been a leading supplier of flooring products to home builders and contractors. And if there every was a dynamic business – it's floor covering. We've come a long way since the days of wall-to-wall carpet throughout the house. Buyers now must select from traditional tile and carpet to cork, bamboo, porcelain, engineered wood floors, and more. Brands include Armstrong, Mohawk, Dal-Tile, Mannington, Aladdin, Tuftex, Shaw, and others. So that means more samples in an ever increasing variety of colors and styles, and bigger showroom displays.

Flooring Showroom

Arizona Wholesale Supply Showroom

Now, Arizona Wholesale Supply also shows a variety of backsplashes, window treatments, shutters, and built-in closet organizers. In some cases, home builders have contracted to have Arizona Wholesale serve as a one stop selection center for homebuyers so that they can also pick their cabinet finishes, lighting, countertops, etc.

All of this means that some part of any one of the beautiful showrooms of Arizona Wholesale Supply (AWS) is likely to be under construction on any given day. At AWS, we carefully plan the projects to get in and out quickly, and with a minimum amount of disruption. Nevertheless, updating showrooms continues to be an ongoing process.

SO….excuse our dust as we work to create a beautiful environment for you to select the right products for YOUR new building project.

Call or visit the professionals at Arizona Wholesale Supply today for information on major appliances, flooring, window treatments and more.

Appliances, floor coverings, window treatments, and more

Arizona Wholesale

Phoenix 602 258-7901, Scottsdale 480 596-0092, Tucson 520 795-4663

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