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  • Shaw Versalock Glueless Hardwood Installation Guidelines

  • Shaw Hardwood Special Installation Tips

    Moldings, Trims & Transition Pieces - Installation Tips:

      [*]Moldings must be predrilled avoid splitting whenever they are to be secured with nails or fasteners.
      [*]The tool of choice for cutting hardwood moldings is a 10 or 12" motorized miter saw with pre-set adjustments for the basic miter cuts at 22.5°, 45°, and 90°. A carbide tipped blade makes the best cuts.
      [*]When installing Wall Base molding, eliminate the need to putty holes on the molding by placing the bottom nail below the finished line of the Quarter Round.
      [*]On Wall Base or Quarter Round moldings, never restrict the hardwood floor's natural contraction/expansion movement by driving the fasteners at a downward angle. Rather, attach the moldings to the wall or vertical surface.
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      [*]Always miter cuts rather than having butt cuts when splicing. Decide the direction of the miter by cutting the molding with the long point oriented in the same direction as your natural line of vision when you enter the room.
    [img align=right]/images/article/675_WallBase.jpg[/img]Wall Base - Borders the wood floor at the base of the wall to give the room a finished look. This molding conceals the required expansion space between the wall and the hardwood flooring. It may also be used under cabinets and as a cover for toe kicks.
    [clear=right][img align=right]/images/article/675_QuarterRound.jpg[/img]Quarter Round - This molding conceals the required expansion space between the wall and the hardwood flooring. It may also be used under cabinets where a wall base won't fit or at the base of a stairway to provide a subtle blend between the floor and the wall or vertical surface.
    [clear=right][img align=right]/images/article/675_Threshold.jpg[/img]Threshold - Typically used at exterior doorways as a transition between flooring and the doorway threshold. It is also used to transition from a wood floor to different flooring surfaces to make them fit together more evenly (i.e. high pile carpeting or tile.) Another typical use for a threshold is to conceal the expansion space between the flooring and a vertical surface such as fireplace hearth or a sliding glass doorway.
    Installation - Lay the Threshold Molding in place to determine a proper fit. The Threshold molding should overlap the flooring by 1/2" to 3/4" leaving the balance for expansion. To attach the molding, apply one or two 1/4" beads of construction adhesive to the subfloor and set the molding in place.
    [clear=right][img align=right]/images/article/675_TMolding.jpg[/img]T-Molding - Commonly used in doorways to join two wood floors in adjoining rooms. Also recommended when making transitions from a wood floor to another floor that is approximately the same height such as ceramic tile, hardwood or laminate floors.
    Installation - A space of 1 1/4" between the two adjoining floors is necessary to properly install the T-molding. This is to allow for the expansion space. Lay the T-Molding in place to determine proper fit. To attach the T-Molding between a ceramic tile floor and the hardwood floor, apply 1/4" bead of construction adhesive to the top edge of the ceramic tile. To attach between two hardwood floors apply the 1/4" bead to the top edge of one side of the hardwood only. Seat the molding in place allowing for a minimum of a 1/4" overlap on the wood flooring. Make sure to allow for the expansion space between the T molding and the tile.
    [clear=right][img align=right]/images/article/675_OverlapReducer.jpg[/img]Overlap Reducer - Used to join hardwood floors that utilize the floating installation method with floors of different heights such as vinyl, ceramic tile, or low pile carpeting.
    [inset]Important: When installing the Overlap Reducer on a floating floor, it is important not to attach it directly to the hardwood floor as the floor must be able to expand and contract under the lip of the molding.[/inset]
    [clear=right][img align=right]/images/article/675_FlushReducer.jpg[/img]Flush Reducer - Used to join hardwood floors that have been glued down or nailed down with floors of different heights such as vinyl, ceramic tile, or low pile carpeting.
    Installation - To attach the molding, apply glue to the front edge of the molding. Apply one or two 1/4" beads of construction adhesive to the subfloor and seat the molding in place. To assure a fiush surface in any glue down in installation, the molding should be taped to the floor while the glue is setting up.
    [clear=right][img align=right]/images/article/675_OverlapStairNose.jpg[/img]Overlap Stair Nose - Provides the proper transition for stairways or steps which have hardwood floors that have been installed using the floating installation method. The Stair Nose also provides the proper overhang for a transition from one floor level to the next such as a step into a sunken living room.
    [inset]Important: When installing the Overlap Stair Nose on a floating floor, it is important not to attach it directly to the hardwood floor as the floor must be able to expand and contract under the lip of the molding.[/inset]
    [clear=right][img align=right]/images/article/675_FlushStairNose.jpg[/img]Flush Stair Nose - Provides the proper transition for stairways or steps which have hardwood floors that have been installed by either the nail down or glue down installation method. The Stair Nose also provides the proper overhang for a transition from one floor level to the next such as the step into a sunken living room.
    Installation - When used as a stair step, the Stair Nose molding should cover and overlap the riser. When used on a step-up to another room, the Stair Nose molding becomes the starting "edge" of the floor.
    [inset]Important: Because of the interlocking of the molding with the floor, the Stair Nose molding should be installed first. Once the molding is in place, the interlocking floor can be installed.[/inset]
    To install apply one or two 1/4" beads of construction adhesive to the subfloor and set the molding into place. To assure a fiush surface tape the molding to the floor while the glue is setting up. Also secure in place by fastening with 8d finish nail or appropriate finish screw.

    Special Instructions For Exotic Species

    Rare Exotic Solid Hardwoods sold by Shaw Ind. Group, Inc., showcase a dynamic range of rare grain and color variations that are sure to capture the attention of the most demanding customers.
    These unique hardwoods are also unsurpassed in hardness, measuring in the range of 3000 units on the Janka rating scale, compared to traditional hardwoods such as oak, which have a Janka hardness rating of about 1300 units.
    Because of the extreme hardness of these newer exotic hardwood species, special equipment settings and techniques must be utilized to insure a successful installation.

      [*]Fully acclimate the hardwood for 72 hrs. - following solid wood guidelines.
      [*]Use a pneumatic hardwood nailer - 2"cleated nails, or use a pneumatic hardwood stapler – ½" crown, 1-1/2" long staples.
      [*]The models listed in the Shaw solid Hardwood Installation Instructions will work, except the manual types.
      [*]To insure that air pressure remains constant at all times, use a minimum 2 horsepower/ 4 gallon tank air compressor to power the nailer or stapler. The compressor should be regulated at 85 lbs. PSI.
      [*]DO NOT USE A MANUAL NAILER OR STAPLER. The excessive blunt force needed to properly set the nails into the extremely dense exotic hardwoods, can sometimes cause damage to the top face and side of the planks.

    Special Circumstances

    [img align=right]/images/article/675_doorways.gif[/img]Doorways: Attempting to continue installing rows through a doorway into another room can cause problems because the narrow opening is a very small base upon which to continue consistent even rows into the next room. Instead install the floor in each room normally until you get to the door. Then cut to fit the board, connecting the floors of the rooms with a T-Molding.
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    [img align=right]/images/article/675_stairs.gif[/img]Installation on Stairs: Flooring on stairs must be fully adhered to the stairs using ShawBond 200™ Hardwood Flooring Adhesive. Moldings should be installed using either screw type fasteners or nails along with the appropriate adhesive. The tongue and groove must be adhered as normal using Shaw Hardwood Tongue and Groove Adhesive.
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    [img align=right]/images/article/675_pipes.gif[/img]Pipes, vents and other fixed objects: Each can be unique, but the general rule is to measure very carefully before you cut and remember to leave a 1/2" expansion gap between the object and the flooring. You will cover expansion gaps with molding, vent covers or pipe rings when the floor is complete.

  • Shaw Solid Hardwood Installation Guidelines

  • Shaw Engineered Hardwood Installation Guidelines

  • Shaw Hardwood Warranty Information

    Limited Warranty for Engineered Hardwood Floors with HDF core (high density fiberboard core)

    This Shaw Engineered Hardwood flooring comes with a:

      [*]Lifetime Structural Integrity Warranty

    In addition, this Shaw hardwood flooring comes with a 15-year finish and wear warranty.

    These warranties, which begin from the date of purchase, apply to products used in dry residential applications. Lifetime warranties apply for as long as the original purchaser owns and resides in the home where the product was installed.

    What the Shaw Engineered Hardwood Flooring (with HDF core) Limited Warranty Covers:

      [*]Finish and Wear Warranty

    Shaw Industries warrants to the original purchaser that its face surface wear layer will not peel off or wear through, for the indicated period of time, from the date of purchase.

    Lifetime Structural Integrity Warranty

    Shaw warrants that these hardwood flooring products in their original manufactured conditions will be free from defect in material and workmanship including milling, assembly, dimension and grading.

    See dealer for complete warranty information.

    Limited Warranty for 7/16" or 9/16" Engineered Hardwood Floor with Hardwood core

    This Shaw Engineered Hardwood Flooring comes with a:

      [*]Lifetime Structural Integrity Warranty

    In addition, Shaw engineered hardwood flooring comes with a wear and finish warranty, according to the following product categories and time period applicable:

      [*]15-year finish and wear warranty
      [*]20-year finish and wear warranty
      [*]25-year finish and wear warranty

    These warranties, which begin from the date of purchase, apply to products used in dry residential applications. Lifetime warranties apply for as long as the original purchaser owns and resides in the home where the product was installed.

    What the Shaw Engineered Hardwood Flooring Limited Warranty covers:

      [*]Finish and Wear Warranty

    Shaw Industries warrants to the original purchaser that its face surface wear layer will not peel off, wear through, or delaminate for the indicated period of time, from the date of purchase.

    Lifetime Structural Integrity Warranty

    Shaw warrants that these engineered hardwood floors, in their manufactured condition, will be free from defect in material and workmanship including milling, assembly, dimension and grading. Shaw additionally warrants that these engineered hardwood floors will not warp, cup, buckle or delaminate when properly installed and maintained according to Shaw's installation instruction procedures. This warranty includes installation over a radiant heated concrete subfloor, with the exception of Maple species and HDF Core Products.

    See Dealer for complete warranty information.

    Limited Warranty for 3/4" solid hardwood flooring

    This Shaw Solid Hardwood flooring comes with a:

      [*]Lifetime Structural Integrity Warranty

    In addition, Shaw solid hardwood flooring comes with a wear and finish warranty, according to the following product categories and time period applicable:

      [*]15-year finish and wear warranty
      [*]20-year finish and wear warranty
      [*]25-year finish and wear warranty

    These warranties, which begin from the date of purchase, apply to products used in dry residential applications. Lifetime warranties apply for as long as the original purchaser owns and resides in the home where the product was installed.

    What the Shaw Solid Hardwood Flooring Limited Warranty covers:

      [*]Finish and Wear Warranty

    Shaw Industries warrants to the original purchaser that its finish surface will not peel off or wear through for the indicated period of time, from the date of purchase.

    Lifetime Structural Integrity Warranty

    Shaw warrants that these solid hardwood flooring products in their original manufactured conditions to be free from defect in material and workmanship including assembly dimension and grading.

    See dealer for complete warranty information.

  • Shaw Hardwood Coordinating Wood Moldings Guide

    Coordinated hardwood moldings add the finishing touch to your Shaw Hardwood flooring.

    Coordinating moldings are available for all styles and colors of Shaw Hardwood flooring you choose. Below are details on the available moldings.

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    Stairnose

    This coordinating piece provides the proper transition for all the steps in your home with hardwood flooring. Buy the Overlap Stairnose for floors that have been installed using the floating installation method. Buy the Flush Stairnose for hardwood that has been nailed or glued down.
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    Reducer

    Ensure the proper transition when your hardwood flooring meets other floor coverings, such as vinyl, thin ceramic tile, or low-pile carpeting. The Overlap Reducer should be used for floors that have been installed using the floating installation method. The Flush Reducer should be used on hardwood floors that have been nailed or glued down.
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    Threshold

    This piece is typically used at exterior doorways as a transition between flooring and the doorway threshold. It can also be used as a transition from wood floors to different flooring surfaces when the reducer won't do, such as on high-pile carpet or thick ceramic tile.
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    T-Molding

    T-Molding is commonly used in doorways to join two wood floors in adjoining rooms. It's also recommended when making transitions from a wood floor to another floor that is approximately the same height. T-Molding is also used to provide expansion joints when a floor dimension exceeds a length of 40' or a width of 30'.
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    Quarter Round

    Hardwood flooring must be installed with expansion space between the flooring and the wall because it naturally expands and contracts due to weather conditions. This molding not only adds a finishing touch, but conceals the expansion space. It may also be used under cabinets where wall base won't fit or at the base of a stairway to provide a subtle blend between the horizontal and vertical surfaces.
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    Wall Base

    Give your room a dramatic finishing touch with borders at the base of your wall. Like the quarter round, this molding conceals the required expansion space between the wall and the hardwood flooring. It may also be used under cabinets as a cover for toe kicks.

    Please NOTE: wallbase is only available in selected styles and colors. Please ask your Shaw representative for specific style availability.

  • Shaw Hardwood Construction

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    When selecting hardwood flooring, you must decide between SOLID or ENGINEERED hardwood.
    Solid, like it sounds, is milled from a single 3/4" thick piece of hardwood. Because of its thickness, a solid hardwood floor can be sanded and refinished over several generations of use. One of the characteristics of solid wood flooring is that it expands and contracts with changes in your home's relative humidity. Normally, installers compensate for this movement by leaving an expansion gap between the floor and the wall. Base molding or quarter round is traditionally used to hide the extra space.

    Engineered is actually produced with three to five layers of hardwood. Each layer is stacked in a cross-grain configuration and bonded together under heat and pressure. As a result, engineered wood flooring is less likely to be affected by changes in humidity and can be installed at all levels of the home. Shaw Hardwood flooring offers two different engineered constructions:

      [*]Shaw Engineered with Hardwood Core
      [*]Shaw Engineered with High Density Fiberboard Core

    Before deciding on Solid or Engineered hardwood flooring, consider these factors:

    Location, Location, Location

    The location of your hardwood flooring basically falls into three categories:

      [*]On Grade - at ground level
      [*]Above Grade - any second level or higher
      [*]Below Grade - any floor below ground level, including basements or sunken living rooms.
      [*]Traditional solid hardwood flooring is not well suited for high moisture areas such as bathrooms or below-grade installations. The construction of an engineered hardwood gives it enhanced structural stability and moisture resistance that allows it to be installed at any grade level.

    What type of subfloor do you have?

    If you plan to install over concrete, you must use an engineered product to ensure structural integrity. Solid wood flooring or Engineered flooring may be used over plywood, wood, or OSB subfloors.

    Will there be moisture in the room?

    If so, you'll want to select an Engineered hardwood. The moisture resistance of an engineered hardwood makes it suitable for rooms where moisture is a possibility, such as bathrooms.

  • The Character of Hardwood Flooring

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    Many factors define the look of natural hardwood flooring.

    Species of the tree, where it grew, rate of growth, part of the tree used--they all determine your flooring's unique "character marks."

      [*]The closer a plank is cut to the center of the tree, the darker its overall tone. Lighter boards came from closer to the bark.
      [*]Knots indicate that a limb grew from that spot.
      [*]Growth rings, determined by climate trends and mineral/nutrient absorption, determine grain pattern.

    While all these "character marks" impact the appearance of finished boards, they do not affect their strength.

    Formal, classic, or rustic? The choice is yours.

    Grain and Color Variations are also a natural characteristic of hardwood flooring, but the degree of variation can be divided into three categories:

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    Select

    Identified by subtle character marks with refined grains and even color tones. These carefully selected inner cuts from the heartwood portions of the tree provide an elegant, flowing visual that will accentuate the beauty of any room.
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    Classic

    Characterized by significant differences in grain size, random mineral marks, and moderate variations in color. Classic wood floors exhibit a traditional beauty and richness that makes them popular from generation to generation.
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    Rustic

    Broad variations in grain and color, distinguishing knots, and mineral streak highlights are unique characteristics of rustic wood floors. Each installation creates a natural charm and warmth that makes a distinctive design statement in any home.

  • Shaw Guide to Carpet Padding

    Carpet cushion, or "pad," is available in three basic types: foam, fiber, and rubber.

    Each type of carpet pad has several different varieties and constructions. The type and thickness of cushion you need varies according to traffic levels and carpet patterns. Bedrooms and other areas with light or moderate traffic, for example, can use thicker and softer carpet cushion. Living rooms, family rooms, hallways, stairs and other heavy traffic areas require thinner and firmer cushion.

    Consult your carpet dealer to help you decide the best carpet cushion for you.

    The Carpet Cushion Council describes the three different types as follows:

    Foam Carpet Cushion

    Generally speaking, foam carpet cushion comes in three recognized, clearly different varieties:

      [*]Prime polyurethane foam is a firmer version of the same cushioning used in upholstered furniture, mattresses, and automobile seats. Two liquid ingredients are combined to form a large mass of foam, which is then sliced into sheets for use as a carpet cushion.
      [*]Bonded polyurethane foam (sometimes called rebond) is quite unique. You cannot mistake it when you see it, because it is formed by combining chopped and shredded pieces of foam, in different sizes and usually different colors, into one solid piece. It frequently has a surface net for ease of installation and improved performance.
      [*]Bonded foam is one of the most amazing recycling projects of all time. Nearly all the scrap foam in the U.S., and some from other countries as well, is utilized to make bonded cushion. This recycles waste which would otherwise be thrown out, and it eases the strain on our landfills. Moreover, bonded foam is itself recyclable.

    Froth polyurethane foam is made with carpet backing machinery. Liquid ingredients are applied, either directly to the backs of some carpet styles, or to a non-woven material (for making separate cushion). They reach and form a thin, dense foam which is particularly useful in commercial applications with wide expanses of carpet.

    Rubber Carpet Cushion

    There are two basic types of sponge rubber carpet cushion:

      [*]Waffled rubber carpet cushion is made by molding natural or synthetic rubber. Heat cures the rubber and forms a waffle pattern. This variety produces a soft, resilient cushion whose luxurious feel is particularly useful for residences.
      [*]Flat sponge rubber is a firm, dense carpet cushion which has a flat surface and is normally used in large-scale commercial applications and with loop type (or Berber) carpet.

    Rubber carpet cushion manufacturing processes can be varied to produce different levels of density and firmness. The usual measurement is the weight in ounces per square yard.

    Fiber Carpet Cushion

    Foam and rubber carpet cushions are produced from new and recycled materials. Fiber carpet cushion, on the other hand, uses existing fibers (both virgin and recycled, and either natural or man-made fibers) which are interlocked into a useful sheet of felt. There are two distinct varieties of fiber carpet cushion:

      [*]Natural fibers include felt, animal hair, and jute (the material used to make some kinds of rope and heavy burlap bags). This is one of the oldest types of carpet cushion, dating back to the earliest days of machine-made carpet.
      [*]Synthetic fibers include nylon, polyester, polypropylene, and acrylics, which are needle-punched into relatively dense cushions which have a firm feel and, as with other types of carpet cushion, can be made in virtually any weight, to stand up under light, medium, or heavy traffic, which is how they are usually classified.

    Special Notes

    Berber carpet is becoming increasingly popular, and needs a thin, firm carpet cushion. When buying this type of carpet, be sure that the accompanying cushion has been specified by the manufacturer as suitable for Berber carpet.

    Radiant heating is becoming more widely used in certain sections of the country. In the case of radiant heating, you do not want a carpet cushion which is an exceptionally effective insulator, but one which allows the heat from the subflooring to penetrate the carpet system and heat the room. A relatively thin, flat cellular sponge rubber or synthetic fiber carpet cushion works well under these circumstances.

  • The Shaw Advantage

    What sets Shaw apart?

    As you're shopping for carpet, you'll find a lot of different products. After awhile, some will even start to look alike. But all floors are not created equal.

    What makes Shaw's carpets different? What makes them better? We call it the Shaw Advantage.

    The Shaw Advantage exemplifies Shaw's commitment to

      [*]creating innovative carpets and products
      [*]meeting the unique needs of busy families
      [*]being a total flooring supplier
      [*]making your shopping experience easier
      [*]ultimately, providing floors that ensure your total satisfaction.

    Star Assurance

    [img align=right]/images/article/667_BOYANDDAD.jpg[/img]With Shaw, making the best selection is written in the stars.

    There are so many different options when you shop for carpet today. Without a system to accurately compare them, they can all start to look alike. Shaw's Star Assurance makes it easy. You can compare the features that are most important to you, which means you can be sure you're making the right choice.

    Shaw's Star Assurance groups product features, price ranges, and warranty packages into three easy-to-understand categories: 3-Star, 4-Star, and 5-Star. You'll find the distinctive star rating on the top right-hand corner of most Shaw residential brands. Although there are a few exceptions within categories, the packages of features and benefits for each of the star ratings are outlined below:

    3-Star Products

    Residential products in this category carry the following warranties:

      [*]Shaw Limited 5-Year Quality Assurance Warranty (warranty against manufacturing defects)
      [*]Limited 5-year generic stain warranty (Stain Safety™ or other)
      [*]Limited 5-year TEXTUREGARD® texture retention warranty, if the product meets stringent performance requirements and rating guidelines.

    4-Star Products

    Residential products in this category carry the following warranties:

      [*]Shaw Limited 7-Year Quality Assurance Warranty
      [*]Limited 7-year stain and soil warranty (either Shaw's R2X™ Stain and Soil Repellent, DuPont Stainmaster™, or Scotchgard™ Soil and Stain Release)
      [*]Limited 7-year texture retention warranty, if the product meets stringent performance requirements and rating guidelines.

    5-Star Products

    The 5-Star, or luxury, products in this category carry the following warranties:

      [*]Shaw Limited 10-Year Quality Assurance Warranty
      [*]Limited 10-year stain and soil warranty (either Shaw's R2X™ Stain and Soil Repellent, DuPont Stainmaster™, or Scotchgard™ Soil and Stain Release)
      [*]Limited 10-year texture retention warranty, if the product meets stringent performance requirements and rating guidelines
      [*]30-Day Customer Satisfaction Guarantee
      [*]Backed with SoftBac® Platinum, which carries a ten-year no-wrinkle/no re-stretch guarantee.
    [header clear=right]R2X - Dirty Science. Clean Results. [img align=left]/images/article/667_LogoR2XBig.gif[/img]

    R2X repels stains. Attracts customers.

    [img align=right]/images/article/667_R2XLiquidSpill.jpg[/img]R2X--it's the industry's most innovative carpet stain and soil repelling system and the product of years of research and testing. Shaw's patented and exclusive R2X system* goes beyond conventional repellents that only protect the surface of the carpet. With R2X, carpets are armed with total fiber coverage, offering complete protection from the top to the bottom of the yarn. This total fiber coverage offers unprecedented protection against household spills and everyday soiling. With R2X, spills that reach the base of the yarn don't penetrate and wick back to the top as they do with conventional solutions.

    In testing, R2X demonstrated superior carpet stain resistance on two levels. First, it provides better initial protection. Second, it allows more time to react to a problem.[clear]
    Another significant benefit of R2X is its effectiveness with polypropylene. Most polypropylene carpets have an inherent tendency to attract soil. Topical soil carpet treatments are only "skin deep," and the limited protection they offer wears away after cleaning or normal wear and tear. In contrast, R2X continues to perform well even after repeated cleanings--with both nylon and polypropylene--when the performance of ordinary systems begins to diminish. And of course, Shaw's warranty protection ensures customer satisfaction, time after time.

    [clear=right]* U.S. Patent Nos. 5851595, 5520962.

    [header clear=right]SoftBac Platinum. Longer Lasting Beauty. [img align=right]/images/article/667_LogoSoftbacBig.gif[/img]

    Showing a Softer Side

    Soft backing. Firm benefits.

    Shaw's flexible carpet backing system offers a host of benefits over traditional backings. Over 150 million square yards of the innovation have been installed with zero complaints for restretch. One industry observer wrote of SoftBac, "...on occasion, product introductions wind up doing more than we all expect."

    Developed in association with S.I. Flooring Systems, this patented backing system offers:

      [*]ten-year no-wrinkle guarantee
      [*]unmatched softness and flexibility
      [*]greater backing adhesive strength
      [*]stronger, less visible seams
      [*]resistance to seam peaking
      [*]enhanced flexibility during cold weather
      [*]higher sound absorption and an increase in insulation capacity

    Since its introduction in 1997, SoftBac has proven itself superior across the board. In consumer tests, carpets backed with SoftBac were consistently found to be more comfortable than comparative products, regardless of the padding used.

    And the benefits aren't just ones you can feel. SoftBac offers advantages you can see.

    Since SoftBac protects the carpet fiber from excessive heat transfer during the application of the backing, shrinkage is minimized--creating a noticeable improvement in the carpet's appearance. Its ability to bend and fold makes for fewer seams in tight passageways and corners. And its superior stretch allows for less visible seams.

    SoftBac isn't just a consumer favorite, it's also the installer's choice. The fleecy texture virtually eliminates scuffing and scratching on your walls and baseboards during installation. And its unique flexibility reduces the risk of damaging other interior finishes.

    [header clear=right]Affordable luxury that lasts. [img align=left]/images/article/667_LogoEvertouchBig.gif[/img]It's exactly what carpet was meant to be. Wonderfully soft and exceptionally durable. Those are the two things that until now just didn't go together. EverTouch is Shaw's revolutionary branded carpet fiber that offers luxury with the resilience that life demands. And the advantages aren't just functional. They're financial. EverTouch carpet styles are priced far less than comparable products.

    So what's the secret? EverTouch carpets are crafted with fine-denier filaments. The smaller denier, which is a weight-per-unit-length measurement, produces the supple touch, while advanced yarn engineering accounts for the superior durability.
    [img align=right]/images/article/667_SLEEPING FAM.JPG[/img]In contrast to their softness, EverTouch carpets are tough enough for any room in the home. As with all Shaw carpets, each style is rigorously tested and given an appearance-retention performance rating. Test results confirm that EverTouch styles perform as well or better than comparable products made from traditional nylon fiber systems.

    And EverTouch carpet is as beautiful as it is soft. From luxurious and comfortable cut piles to sophisticated loop styles, Shaw's EverTouch collection offers unmatched options. From traditional to contemporary, there is an EverTouch carpet to complement every taste.

    Most EverTouch carpets come with SoftBac Platinum to enhance the overall feel of the carpet, as well as R2X, Shaw's patented combined stain and soil resistance treatment that provides unequaled protection.

    EverTouch. Ever soft. Ever durable. Ever inviting.

    [header clear=right]Soft carpet. Nobody makes it softer than Shaw. [img align=right]/images/article/667_LS012440.jpg[/img]No one makes softer carpets than Shaw. Or more of them.

    We offer more than 120 inventory carpet styles, including more than 30 branded, soft fiber styles from Tuftex. In addition to Shaw's EverTouch carpet styles, Shaw manufactures carpet styles made from DuPont Tactesse®, Anso Caress®, and Solutia DuraSoft™. From luxurious cut piles to sophisticated loop styles, Shaw's collection of soft carpet products offers unmatched styling options.

    This new generation of ultra-soft carpeting is gaining popularity across the country. While carpet has always been the soft alternative to hard surface flooring, these new innovative products are giving consumers a level of softness that just isn't possible with conventional fibers. Combine that with their incredible performance features, and it's not hard to see why soft is such a hit.

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