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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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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.

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. 

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Designing your kitchen – focus on flooring

Shaw flooring from Kitchen of the Year 2012


There are many good reasons to choose hardwood flooring from Shaw for your new kitchen. When you choose eco-friendly Epic hardwood it's durable, it's good for the environment, and it's good for your budget too.

Epic uses less harvested wood than other flooring options and comes with EnviroCore, an inner layer made from recycled wood fibers so Epic hardwood offers performance advantages in addition to its environmental benefits. Due to its increased humidity resistance, this engineered hardwood line is suitable for virtually any climate and can be installed at any grade level – even below – where solid hardwoods present problems. The product's core also creates a more dimensionally stable platform, and Shaw's innovative tongue-and-groove system (patent pending) facilitates installation and results in tighter seams. Epic hardwood features also include a shorter acclimation period, elimination of seam gaps, and a highly durable finish that withstands even the toughest wear and tear.

Epic hardwood's inner layer, EnviroCore™, is made from recycled sawmill by-products created in the manufacture of other products, making it one of the most sustainable engineered hardwood flooring products on the market. Shaw hardwood's 3/8″ engineered hardwoods use roughly 50% less newly forested wood in their production than conventional 3/8″ engineered products and less than 1/3 the amount used in comparable solid wood flooring.

Shaw hardwood's veneer is obtained from North American managed forests deemed sustainable by the U.S. Department of Agriculture; suppliers are committed to sound forestry practices. All styles are in compliance with the California Air Resources Board (CARB) requirements. Epic hardwood products also comply with the recently revised Lacey Act, the United States' national wildlife protection statute that has been amended to make it a crime to import illegally logged timber products into the U.S.

Watch the YouTube video below to see the Shaw Epic hardwood featured in House Beautiful's 2012 Kitchen of the Year.

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Builders – Homebuyers need Selection Centers

Arizona Wholesale Supply – New Home Selection Center

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With the growth in new home sales, more buyers are asking to choose how their new home is outfitted. They want their home equipped with great appliances, beautiful floors, and gorgeous window treatments.

They don't just want a soft water loop. They want the water softener that goes with it. Builders want to be able to accommodate their customers and love to get the upgrade opportunity, but the process can be overwhelming for both the builder and the home buyer.

Enter Arizona Wholesale Supply Company. For over 70 years we've been providing leading appliance brands to homebuilders and their customers. Over the years, we've added flooring, window treatments, water purification products, and more.

Call Bill Parks at Arizona Wholesale Supply to learn how you can offer your buyers customized option and upgrade opportunities that work for them AND for you. PH: 602 258-7901.


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

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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.

Let Us Help you Make the Right Choices

We want you to have the perfect look for your new or renovated space, and we know there’s more to the decision than what you see on the surface. Issues such as durability, easy maintenance and potential resale value are part of every choice you make for your home.

To make this process easier and to help your designer understand your unique needs, we developed a simple tool: the How I Live Interview.  This series of 15 straightforward questions has a direct impact on the choices you want to make.

One good example is children and pets. No matter how careful you are spills and accidents are going to be part of life. That’s not a problem if you pre-plan for this with your choice of flooring. For example tile can be a good choice, but it is particularly important to seal the grout. If you want carpeting, it costs a bit more to buy a stain-proof option, but it will pay off over the years when your carpet still looks good.

Another important issue is accessibility. If you have a family member who lives with you or visits regularly with limited mobility, bathroom design, door width and carpeting with a texture that can take the constant rolling of a wheelchair without creating lines should be considered.

Finally, issues such as the mood you want to create, your furniture choices and your overall style have an impact on your selections. By taking the time to fill out our How I Live Interview before coming to one of our design centers, you provide a good start to selecting not just what looks right, but what will work well in your home for years to come.