Disclosure: My friends at Shaw Floors provided us with this flooring so we could share our experience with all of you. All thoughts and opinions shared here are my own.
As some of you may know from social media we had some water damage due to a leaking water heater a few months back. It ruined some of the flooring in the front room of the house and required several days drying time as well as pulling up some carpet and tile. While the insurance covers replacing that we decided to instead replace the majority of the flooring.
Here’s what it looked like before:
I believe the tile was there since it was built (there was a crack all the way through the kitchen from the house settling) and the carpet was just basic carpet. I’ve never been in love with carpet so I’ve wanted some sort of hard flooring in every house we’ve been in.
Here’s what it looks like after:
With the help from our friends at Shaw we decided on Shaw Floors Luxury Vinyl Plank Northampton with the Shelton Pecan color. I. am. in. love. I am NOT an easy person to please color wise – just ask my husband about choosing paint colors haha! This floor is so gorgeous.
So why did we choose to go with Shaw’s Resilient Vinyl Flooring and what is it? Since I’m not an expert you can learn more about the product we chose in their brochure. For me the look was definitely huge on my list but with 2 boys and 2 dogs durability and longevity is also way up on our list of needs.
I started looking at this particular material after seeing it in a model home. I noticed that it didn’t have that laminate sound but looked SO realistic. When I started researching I learned that This Shaw Resilient Vinyl is warranted not to stain or wear through, will not fade as a result of direct sunlight or artificial light and will resist water damage under normal use conditions for 25 years. Ok, so I was definitely interested.
We did lots of research and ended up bringing a few samples home to “test out”. I don’t really know how to describe the feel other than it’s softer than laminate or tile and feels warmer than tile as well. The dogs slip and slide a bit more since there is no more carpet but they did that on the tile as well.
We’ve been testing it out for a few weeks and have been extremely happy with our decision. Between the dogs nails, boys running in and out, toys, babies and BBQ’s we’ve definitely been putting it to use and we couldn’t be more satisfied. It’s super easy to clean (and keep clean) we haven’t managed to scratch it up yet and it looks amazing. Everyone that has come over has asked about it wanting to know what it is.
So what about installation? We did a lot – about 1500 square feet. Because of the huge project and the “unknowns” of a project this big we were more than happy to let the professionals from Floor Source here in Phoenix, AZ do all the work and boy am I SO glad we did lol! Tom at Floor Source came over to scope out the project for us and together we decided that we’d replace all the floor moldings with gorgeous new 4.5″ moldings (that in itself made such huge difference and if you’ve ever done that yourself you know how happy I was to let someone else do even that job). He helped confirm my choice of flooring as well saying that he loved working with it and it would be a great choice for us with the boys and the dogs.
The preparation of the floor is so important to how the floor wears over time. This was the biggest issue with our home. Our floors were un-level up to 1/2″ in some places and whoever laid the tile used A LOT of thinset so that alone was well worth the cost of having someone else do it. They knew exactly what to do to remove and prep all 1500 square feet of the floors so that the installation of the Shaw Luxury Vinyl Plank would be perfect.
The guys that came to our house for a week were awesome and worked so hard to get our house back together as quickly as possible (I’m going to pull together a little post with tips if you’re doing as much renovation at once as we did). This product doesn’t need any adhesive and just clicks together. One thing that’s awesome is that in 25 years (or whenever) should we decide to replace the flooring all we need to do is pull out the baseboards and the flooring will come right up. I don’t know about you but I’d MUCH rather do that then remove 1500 square feet of ceramic tile and thinset!
I know I didn’t answer all the questions I’m sure you have so please feel free to ask and I’ll have our friends at Shaw answer any questions you might have! Here’s some more info on why the Shaw Resilient flooring is so awesome. I’ll also be sharing some more photos over at All for the Memories and talking about my color choice/design inspiration and where I plan on renovating next.
If you hurry you can enter their Celebrate Your Home Instagram contest (enter through Sunday) You can also ask questions or stay in touch through their site / Facebook / Instagram / Twitter. If you’re in the Phoenix area we definitely recommend you calling/emailing Floor Source. They are awesome to work with their prices were great (I had done some research before on removal/installation pricing) and they did an awesome job making sure our floors were installed perfectly so they can last a LONG time. You can find them and their info on their site and Facebook.
I wish I could have you all over to see this in person!
Author: Allison Waken
Allison Waken is a wife, mom of boys and Phoenix, AZ native. She has been creating inspiring content for All for the Boys since 2011. Allison loves travel, movies and spending as much time as possible with her family while she can!