Shaw Industries

New Stain Resistant and Waterproof Carpet

Are your floors constantly getting dirty from pets or children with muddy boots? At Floors 55, we always want to know who will be running around your house because if things are going to be messy, we want to set you up with a carpet that will fit your needs.

We have a new product that’s perfect for families that are going to be coming inside from the Portland rain or new puppies that are just getting house trained.

Shaw Industries has a new line of carpet called Life Guard, which is made of nylon fibers, which is sort of a blend of nylon and traditional carpet. There’s also a waterproof backing on it, so any moisture that gets on the carpet won’t sink down into your floor boards and damage your house.

We have 10 different styles to choose from and all of them are backed with a lifetime stain and soil warranty. It’s a few dollars more per square yard than some of our other carpets, but it will hold up extremely well and would save certain families hundreds of dollars in carpet cleaning expenses. Come check it out today!

Cambria Quartz Counter Job

Wanted to share a couple of pictures from a Kitchen where we installed Cambria Quartz with Legacy Glass tile on the backsplash.

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Master Shower Porcelain Tile & Glass Tile

Master Shower Porcelain Tile & Glass Tile

This is a project that we recently completed in Vancouver. It was a complete bathroom makeover that included removing the bath tub and replacing it with this shower.  The walls and floors where done with Pietra Tundra 12×24 Porcelain tile and the back wall and front of the curb with Yukon Linear Blend Glass tile.  Individual blue glass linear tiles where added in a few spots to make the wall pop!

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Handscraped hickory engineered hardwood in Portland

Engineered hardwood in hickory wood, hand scraped for that rustic, aged look.

Here are three samples of the many types of engineered hardwood that we have in our showroom in Portland.  These hickory samples come in 6 1/2″ width with various lengths, 1/2″ of hickory and you can nail, glue or float the floor.

Hickory Breckenridge

Hickory Copper Mountain

Hickory Revelstoke

We’re expanding our flooring offices

Thought I would share a few pictures of our new upstairs offices under construction:

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Engineered Hardwood Floors

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Engineered hardwood floors have become more popular than solid hardwood in the last few years.  Stained and sealed and at a better cost. These floors are produced by laminating several hardwood plies together to form the planks. Most engineered hardwood floors can be glued–down, stapled–down or floated over a variety of subfloors including wood, dry concrete slabs and some types of existing flooring. Engineered hardwood floors have cross–ply construction which reduces the expansion/contraction of planks caused by variations in humidity and allows these floors to be installed on any level in the home.  Depending on the wear level of the natural wood your floor can be sanded and stained more than once and can last for decades.

Solid Hardwood Floors

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Solid Hardwood Floors

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Solid wood flooring comes in three main types. Each type is available in both an unfinished and a pre-finished version. Unfinished flooring must be job-site sanded and finished after installation. Pre-finished flooring is sanded and finished at the factory — so it only needs installation. The three main types of solid wood flooring are:

  • Strip flooring – This type of flooring is denoted by the thickness and width of the wood planks. Strip flooring has a set width, but the thickness can vary. Strip flooring ranges in thickness from 5/16 of an inch to 3/4 of an inch wide. It is available only in widths of 1 1/2 inches, 2 inches and 2 1/4 inches.
  • Plank flooring – Plank flooring only comes in two thicknesses, but unlike strip flooring, the widths can vary. It is available only in thicknesses of 1/2 inch or 3/4 inch and a range of widths from 3 inches to 8 inches.
  • Parquet flooring – Parquet floors have a very different look from typical hardwoods. They are made up of geometrical patterns composed of individual wood slats held in place by mechanical fastening or an adhesive.

Types of Hard Wood Floors

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With a little basic understanding about the different types of wood floors you can be better prepared and more confident in your selection. Wood floors are produced in both solid and engineered planks and strips and come in a wide variety of wood species. To help determine which type of floor will work best for your situation depends upon the location within your home and the type of subfloor.

Solid Wood Floors

Solid hardwood floors are one solid piece of wood and are generally 3/4″ thick. Solid Hardwood Floors are produced from the finest domestic and exotic hardwood floors including red & white oak, American cherry, hickory, maple, and Brazilian cherry, and are available in several widths. Because solid hardwood floors are more susceptible to humidity and temperature changes than engineered wood floors they should only be installed above grade over approved wooden subfloors and must be nailed or stapled down. Solid hardwood floors can generally be recoated and refinished several times.

Engineered Wood Floors

These floors are produced by laminating several hardwood plies together to form the planks. Most engineered hardwood floors can be glued–down, stapled–down or floated over a variety of subfloors including wood, dry concrete slabs and some types of existing flooring. Engineered hardwood floors have cross–ply construction which reduces the expansion/contraction of planks caused by variations in humidity and allows these floors to be installed on any level in the home. Available in plank and longstrip format,  engineered hardwood floors come in a wide variety of widths, thicknesses and colors in both North American and Exotic hardwoods.

Types of Cut & Loop Pile Carpet

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Cut and Loop Pile Carpet

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As the name implies, (cut & loop pile carpet) this carpet style utilizes a combination of cut and loop pile yarns to create patterns or textures. Cut and loops may offer a pile surface that is predominantly cut with loops forming a pattern or predominately loops with limited cut yarns to display a pattern. This style offers both level and multi-level constructions.

  • Multilevel Cut and Loop: The classic cut and loop style was popular for many years and consisted of predominately cut pile yarns with loops forming a textured pattern. These styles were generally random colored providing the appearance of color splotches over the entire surface. These styles offered good performance characteristics and random colorations provided good soil-hiding abilities. These styles have limited appeal today, but a few styles can still be found.
  • Level Cut and Loop Pile: Sometimes called a tip shear, this style offers cut and loop areas of the same pile height. Color reflectance of the cut yarns gives the illusion of color variation and enhances the patterned effect. While a number of styles are manufactured with cuts and loops in tact, some styles begin as multilevel or textured loops and the higher loops are sheared to provide the cut and loop appearance. Many of these styles perform particularly well and can provide beautiful finished products.

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Types of Loop Pile Carpet

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Until the increase in popularity of Berber carpet, loop pile carpets were rarely used in the home. While loop pile traditionally has provided the best performance, they have limited appeal for most homeowners because of their low profile and reduced cushioning. Although loop pile products have the capability of providing higher performance levels, newer constructions utilize large loops, lower densities, and fiber systems that do not provide the performance levels typically expected of loop pile products.  While these fiber systems do provide diminished performance in some categories, they offer superior performance in other categories such as stain resistance.

In shopping for loop pile products, three distinct categories will be encountered: level loop, textured loop, and multi-level loop.

  • Level Loop: Primarily found in commercial environments, some residential Berbers are now offered in this style. This type consists of loops constructed at the same height. While patterns may be printed on the surface of this style type or may be tufted into pile, this type offers a relatively smooth, homogenous surface. Lower density construction may allow the loops to be dispersed farther apart providing the illusion of texture, but this style offers no apparent texture.
  • Textured Loop: Textured products offer slightly different variations in loop height creating a texture or pattern. Fiber color variations may increase or complement the visibility of the pattern. Loops may vary in size to increase the visibility of texture. Textured loops represent a sizeable portion of residential loop pile products. Textured products offer slightly different variations in loop height creating a texture or pattern. Fiber color variations may increase or complement the visibility of the pattern. Loops may vary in size to increase the visibility of texture. Textured loops represent a sizeable portion of residential loop pile products and can provide beautiful carpet installations.

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  • Multilevel Loop: Similar to the textured loop, except that height variations are far more dramatic providing deep, easily visible patterns with or without color enhancements.

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