Shaw Flooring Reviews
Finding the best flooring is not an easy task…
With the technology available today, there are so many options for high-quality flooring. Of course, as with any product, there are some that are simply better than others.
This is why we wanted to shine a light on one of the best flooring brands on the market right now, and that brand is Shaw Floors.
Shaw is an extremely reputable brand that has been making quality flooring for years now. They have a variety of flooring options and you can find their products throughout a range of home improvement stores across the country.
If you are in the market for a top-of-the-line flooring product for your home, then stick around as we take a look at some of the great products Shaw Floors has to offer.
Who Is Shaw?
Shaw Floors has been manufacturing flooring since the early 1950s. The company was born as a carpet company, though they ended up pivoting to hard surface floors by the early 1990s.
Since then, the company has become one of the national leaders in the hard flooring industry. They have many different hard flooring lineups with a variety of styles, colors, durability options, and more.
Shaw Engineered Hardwood Flooring Review
If you are looking for something a bit more traditional, hardwood is always a great choice! Shaw has a huge collection of engineered boards in a variety of different styles. Plus, many of the boards in the collection are waterproof as well!
The Shaw Engineered Harwood planks are made from solid wood slabs, providing each plank with a unique character. The flooring is sold in standard sizing and is ¾” thick, though there are a few 3” and 4” planks as well.
Shaw Floors has a few different collections to choose from in their engineered hardwood lineup, depending on what style you are going for. Here are some of our favorites:
The Epic Plus series uses a Stabilitek core, which is revered for its added durability compared to most engineered hardwood flooring on the market. The core is composed of recycled wood fiber as well.
There is a wide variety of styles to choose from (26 to be exact), including Albermarle Hickory rustic-style flooring and Northington Smooth natural wood flooring.
The Floorte collection has two styles to choose from and is great for those who want waterproof flooring.
The styles in this lineup include Walnut and Maple. They utilize a waterproof core and protective sealant.
The Floorte lineup gives consumers 30 different colors to choose from as well!
If you don’t need waterproof flooring, though you want to take advantage of water-resistance, then Repel flooring is a solid choice.
Repel flooring uses water-resistance technology that includes an additional, protective layer.
There are 14 different styles to choose from in the Repel lineup, including Maple, Hickory, and more.
If you are looking for durability in your flooring, hardwood is a great choice. Shaw uses domestic wood species for its flooring, which means the flooring isn’t as strong as some exotic species, though they are still very durable and come with a limited lifetime warranty for delamination and structural damage.
While exotic wood species might be the more popular and durable option, they aren’t the most eco-friendly. This is due to the fact that many exotic species are harvested from places with irresponsible sustainable practices. Because Shaw utilizes domestic species only, they are able to retain the sustainable factor.
Shaw Engineered Flooring Pricing
Shaw Engineered Flooring can be purchased locally and online. Home Depot is one of the biggest sellers of Shaw Engineered Hardwood. You can expect to find this wood flooring at about $4.50 per square foot, though it depends on the size, style, and where you purchase it.
Pros and Cons
Shaw Vinyl Plank Flooring Review
The vinyl plank lineup from Shaw has tons of different options to choose from. Vinyl plank goes by many different names, including luxury vinyl tile (LVT), luxury vinyl plank (LVP), and Resilient. Each of these is the same as the next.
Shaw Vinyl Plank Flooring has two different lines to choose from, including Floorte and Floorte Pro.
The Floorte line uses a WPC core. This wood-plastic core is manufactured with a plastic/polymer material that is blended with a wood cellulose material. The floors are very soft to the touch and is more pliable than the Pro option. It is a solid choice for residential use, though it can be used for light commercial use as well.
The Pro Floorte line uses an SPC core. This stone-plastic core is manufactured with plastic polymer and ground stone for a more rigid character. It is very firm and is more suited for commercial use compared to the Floorte line. The SPC is also far more water-resistant compared to the WPC core.
Regardless, Shaw seals the edges of all of their planks to keep out any moisture.
Shaw Floorte Vinyl Plank Flooring
Shaw Floorte floors give consumers over 100 colors and styles to choose from.
There are three choices for wear layer, including 8 mils, which is good for light-use residential homes, 12 mils, which is great for any residential space, and 20/30 mils, which is great for high-traffic homes and light commercial use.
Shaw Floorte Pro Vinyl Plank Flooring
Shaw Floorte Pro floors come with two wear layers options, including 12 mils, which is good for residential use and light commercial use, and 20 mils, which is great for any commercial space.
Floorte Pro planks can also be used in garages or other uncooled/unheated spaces thanks to the temperature range.
The vinyl plank floors from Shaw can either be glued or locked together for a floating floor. It is totally up to you! In our opinion, locking is much easier, especially if you are installing your floors in smaller rooms, such as offices or bedrooms.
If you want added stability, we recommend gluing your floor. This is a better option for commercial spaces or larger floor areas.
Thanks to its moisture-resistant properties, Shaw flooring can be installed just about anywhere, including basements.
You can expect to spend anywhere from $2.90-$6.25 on Shaw Vinyl Plank flooring. If you end up hiring someone to install your floors, you could be looking at spending up to an extra $2.75 per square foot depending on the difficulty of installation and who you are hiring.
You can also purchase matching transition strips and trim from Shaw as well, which can cost anywhere from $1.50-$3.00 per square foot.
Both the Floorte and Floorte Pro floors have the same warranty lengths, though the warranties are based on the wear layer thickness.
Pros and Cons
Shaw Laminate Flooring Review
Laminate is one of the best options for those who are looking for something a bit more budget-friendly. Shaw just so happens to be one of the biggest Laminate manufacturers around. They have a variety of lines and colors to choose from too.
Shaw Repel Laminate Flooring
The Repel Laminate line from Shaw is one of the most popular, and in our opinion, is one of the best laminate floor products around.
There are nine different styles to choose from, each of which are known for their resistance to moisture.
- Show Anthem Plus Collection - This flooring collection has a genuine hardwood look with tons of neutral and natural colors to choose from. The colors are light and the wood grain is very prominent.
- Cades Cove - The Cades Cove collection has five American-made colors to choose from. This particular collection is perfect for modern homes with colors including Skyline Gray and Burleigh Taupe.
- Pinnacle Port - This collection has six different colors to choose from with heavy wood character. Expect to see stains, heavy grain, and knots in this collection.
- Carriage House - The Carriage House laminate line is both dark and warm. It is perfect for rustic decor, including cabins or traditional-style homes.
Mixed Width Laminate Flooring
The Mixed Width Laminate includes a few different planks with varying dimensions, ranging from 3.5”-6.375”.
This provides these floors with a very unique aesthetic. Beyond the regular warranty that all Repel floors come with, the Mixed Width Flooring comes with an additional five-year light commercial warranty.
- Manor Ridge - This collection has four colors that range from dark brown (Dark Canyon) to medium warm (Spice Brown) to cool and neutral (Ashlee Gray).
- Castle Ridge - The Castle ridge collection has five different colors to choose from, which range from medium brown (Galvanize + Brazen) to red-brown (Forge + Anneal)
Long Board Laminate Flooring
While most of the Shaw laminate products on this list sits at either 48” or 51” inches in length, the Long Board Laminate lineup has boards that are up to 79” in length and 8” in width.
These boards come with a five-year light commercial warranty and a 30-year residential warranty.
- Mt. Everest - The Mt. Everest collection is slightly rosy and pale thanks to its Hickory construction. There is also gray/brown Hickory style, as well as a Rich Hickory style for those who want something with a deeper brown.
- Matterhorn - The Matterhorn collection has three different oak styles to choose from. These include a neutral brown Lace Beige Oak, a medium-charcoal Gray Oak, and a milk chocolate Tavern Brown Oak. If you want to go for a “worn” look, we highly recommend going with the Tavern Brown.
Shaw Standard Laminate Flooring
Shaw also has a few great standalone laminates to choose from, including:
- Piedmont - Piedmont planks are smooth to the touch and are much narrower than any of the others in the collection. They are great for modern homes with rich oak grain and they have a five-year commercial and 25-year residential warranty. If you’re looking for the most affordable flooring from Shaw, Piedmont is an excellent choice.
- Ellenburg and Dawson Ridge - These two types of flooring are incredibly affordable and each has a 25-year residential warranty. This collection has an embossed surface for an authentic look and feel.
- Trestle Ridge - The Trestle Ridge collection takes advantage of the hand-scraped look and has very dark tones for a classic or traditional look. The Trestle Ridge collection has four colors to choose from, including rusty brown and dark brown. Just like the Ellenburg and Dawson Ridge collections, the Trestle Ridge collection is backed by a 25-year residential warranty.
Top Shaw Laminate Flooring Features
The patented OptiGuard technology from Shaw is used as a scratch-resistant coating for the laminate planks. Thanks to its glossy quality, it helps to add some realism to the flooring’s image layer.
The great thing about Shaw is that their laminate lines are made to replicate specific species of wood. If you have an idea of what type of wood you want, it can be very helpful when picking a Shaw Laminate collection.
Pros and Cons
Shaw is a very popular flooring company with a great reputation that has lasted them many decades. With engineered hardwood, vinyl plank, and laminate flooring options, you have a ton to choose from when shopping with Shaw. Plus, Shaw simply looks great and you can't compete with that.
The beauty of Shaw flooring is that it is all incredibly easy to install and it can be purchased at home improvement stores around the country, as well as online. Of course, many people purchase Shaw products from Home Depot, as the store delivers great prices!
No matter what type of flooring you are looking for for your home or business, we can recommend Shaw without a doubt!