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How Can You Be Sure of the Right Hardwood Floor?

Fri, Dec 11, 2015

Installing hardwood flooring in your home during a remodel is an extremely popular option, but can be limited by budget constraints and other factors. While hardwood floors look great in a wide range of different styles of home, it doesn't work for every décor. There can also be some limitations on what woods you can choose depending on your subfloor and home's foundation. Let's learn more about hardwood floors and how to select the best option for your budget and home.

Consider the Costs and Varieties

In comparison to tile, carpet or linoleum, hardwood flooring is not cheap. However, it does have alternatives and options which can help lower the initial cost.

  • Engineered wood. As opposed to solid hardwood, engineered wood is a veneer atop a much cheaper plywood base. It offers the same look at a much lower cost, and can sometimes be used in areas where solid hardwood cannot, such as basements.
  • Consider your subfloor. This can limit your choices on solid hardwoods, or can completely push you into the engineered wood category. Subflooring could be concrete, particleboard or plywood so know what you are working with before searching for wood flooring.
  • Foot traffic. Before selecting your flooring, it's important to consider how much abuse it may receive from children, pets and general foot traffic. High traffic areas would do best with harder woods on the Janka scale, while less traveled areas can go with more ornamental soft woods.
  • Maintenance. Wood flooring is not just an install it and forget it type of floor. It will require maintenance to look its best and last for many years. Are you prepared for the task? There are numerous companies which specialize in hardwood floor maintenance, so if you won't be doing it yourself consider this an additional cost of the flooring.

There are dozens of different types of wood to consider for your flooring. Some are common, rustic and extremely durable while others are exotic, rare, and more on the delicate side. The price of each type of wood can differ as well depending on how hard it is to obtain. Exotic woods are normally farmed in certain growing areas and can take many years to be mature enough to be used for flooring, so may be limited or much more costly than the easier to obtain oak, maple or cedar. Regardless of your decision, hardwood floors can turn your average house into a gorgeous and very welcoming home.

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February 2018 To the Shaw Company: Let me start out by saying the GARZA project has turned out to be a smashing success!!!!! Our kitchen, floors, and wall removal was a huge project and we lived to tell about it (hard to do with two toddlers and two dogs in the house!). But it would be remise of us not to mention what a positive and professional experience we had from start to finish with your company. Mr. Paul Colavecchia helped answer the millions of questions we had and gave us HONEST estimates about the work ahead. He showed up to help us in closing on our loan and kept the lines of communication opened at all times. Ms. Brittany Shaw and Gerrilynn Mohler helped us design everything and made, what felt like an overwhelming experience, into a positive and fun process. But it is with grateful hearts that we commend the team of incredibly hard working guys that made everything possible for us: • Jorge – the amount of effort he put into cutting and laying the floors in such a large space so they came out “just perfect” was a wonder to watch! Thank you! • Marcus – from our lighting, plumbing and appliance installation -he really puts in a hard day’s work – and all with a sense of humor!!! We appreciate the long hours! Thank you! • Roy – He took ideas for my “dream cabinets” and made them a reality! They are beautiful and efficient. Whether it is conversations or quality of work – when dealing with Roy the professionalism is of the highest caliber. Thank you! Lastly, what can you say about Rusty that hasn’t been mentioned already! He treated our home like his own home and that is hard to find. It may sound cliché, but my husband and I have waited a long time to take this house and make it our home, so it truly is a dream finally realized and Rusty was the man who made it happen for us. We are truly indebted to him. In closing, we feel very blessed that we found your company, but of course, you made it easy for us to choose Shaw. Since you gave us your respect and quality workmanship, we will be sure to give you the only thing we have to offer (and the most important) our future recommendations (and possibly more work!!). Take care.

Very Respectfully, The Garza Family – James, Melissa, Dominic, & Amelia

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Shaw remodeling did an excellent job on our master bathroom. Clay was always concerned that we were satisfied with their work. When they tell you they are not finished until you are 100% happy THEY MEAN IT! I want to thank Clay for all his hard work on the new door it was a bit difficult to install. Everyone mentions the beautiful door. Special thanks to Jordan for suggesting the accent wall behind the vanity also a favorite of all. Brittany made is so easy helping us with the design. Thank you to Nancy and the Shaw family who sent me flowers while I was very ill during the remodel.

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by Sharon Mercer on Facebook

Please accept our appreciation for a job well done. The project exceeded our expectations, and was executed with a staff performing customer service and client interaction of the highest order.

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by William

What a great experience! I couldn’t be happier with my beautiful kitchen. The whole project went so smoothly that I almost enjoyed it.

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by Harriet

Due to broken leg/fall I am in a wheel chair for the next 4 months and required our bathroom to be remodeled in a hurry. Eric committed to complete the job at a reasonable price and a short time frame. The work was completed ahead of schedule and on budget. All employees were great and very professional. I will use Shaw again for future work on my home and have no problem recommenting the company to others.

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by Roger M. on ReviewBuzz

One word my wife uses to describe our new shower "Fantastic". Rusty our project manager/technician was meticulous with an attention to detail. We are very well pleased with the results. Thank you.

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by David L. on ReviewBuzz

We just love our new shower. Your team was able to create a beautiful new shower that complimented our existing tile. We would love to be put on your reference list.

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by Robert & Pat

Thank you each and everyone for all the excellent work on our bathroom makeover. We are so pleased!

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by Roberta & Glen

Shaw Remodeling was extremely professional in their execution of our master bathroom remodel this year. They made great suggestions in the showroom and carried our choices into the design and completion of the project. The workmanship was very good and the project was completed in the timeframe as promised. I will be using them again!

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by Rusty Winters on Facebook

We hired Shaw Co to redo our shower. We had previously received quotes from two other shower companies but we felt they were being less than honest with us and were pricier than they needed to be. Shout out to Patrick and Fernando, Jr!

These guys at Shaw are great: they'll do what they say they're going to do, and they do it on time. For the next project, they're at the top of the list.

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by Jason DeSouza on Google

Shaw Company completely renovated and installed a new kitchen, floors and staircase at my house. Throughout the project everyone was very professional and helpful, keeping us updated on project development, not an easy task during Covid. Nancy and Anthony were always on hand to answer any questions and offer advise.
They provide quality workmanship, at a reasonable price, I would definitely recommend working with them for your next project.

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by Jane Cipriano on Google

We have used several remodeling companies through the years ending up with substandard work. So glad to have found Shaw! We will never use anyone else! With the way most companies just want to take your money and run, it's nice to find someone with a great work ethic! They really care about their clients and the quality of their work. Thanks Shaw!

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by Donna W. on Facebook

I have been using Shaw Company since 2002 (14 years now) when I had a partial flood in my house. Not only an excellent job at a fairly reasonable price, the workgroup foreman added a couple of preventative extras at no cost to me. Since that time, altho I have contacted other contractors for an estimate, I primarily use only Shaw Co. Eric is friendly yet polite and is meticulous about making sure I know what they will be doing and how long the job will take. He answers any questions I have whether before, during, or even after the job. His workmen are always on time, do the job as contracted, and careful to clean up their mess. I know I can trust Eric and his workmen to live up to the contract and, if necessary, beyond.

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by Faye M. on Yelp

Alain and his crew were great. Hard working through this heat outside. Very conscious about the area they were not working in to keep clean. Great job painting brick, siding and trim with different shades. Very professional in their execution of the contract. Would definitely contract them for any future work. Thanks again.

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by Thomas Nelson on Facebook

We wanted to write to you and let you know what a wonderful experience I had with your company. You did such a fabulous job!

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by Brian & Tina

To the owners and management of Shaw, We wanted you all to know how pleased we are with the results of our recent bathroom tub to shower conversion. It turned out beautiful, exactly the way we had hoped. Your staff was top notch! From start to finish every person involved was professional, on time or early and friendly. In addition, we were impressed with how much care they took in keeping our home clean throughout the whole process. We realized after the job was finished that they had actually wiped down the bathroom to remove and left over dust... Nice job on hiring great help! Thank you again. Looking forward to seeing you again this week to measure and install cabinets in our laundry room and master bath!

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by Garon P. on ReviewBuzz

A job well done. Clean up was great. All of your team was great and knew their jobs well. Thank you.

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by H.E.

This is a great company to work with. They did an awesome job with my bathroom remodel. It's nice to deal with someone you can trust.

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by Scott J. on Facebook

Shaw recently did some work at my home. I am thrilled with the results. My house is finally looking like I had always hoped. I will definitely use this company again if needed. There was great communication amongst staff and myself and husband. We are very happy with the results.

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by Paula J B on ReviewBuzz

Shaw was an amazing company to work with on our remodeling. From start to finish, they were prompt and professional. Quality work and high standards! We had a full bathroom remodel from top to bottom. Our bathroom looks so incredibly different and amazingly beautiful - our vision for what we wanted came to fruition. They had effective communication from both the business end as well as the contracting end. Any last touch ups we requested, they were happy to complete. For any of our future projects, Shaw will be the first place we turn to!

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by Mariah Fink on Facebook

Great family owned company. Definitely someone I would recommend! Keep up the great work!

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by Richard F. on Facebook

Best remodeling ever.....true perfectionist! Eric and Carolyn are the best!

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by Sandra O. on Facebook

I will always use Shaw Company! It's so nice to work with local San Antonio, family owned company! They have always been super professional and helpful!

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by Caitlin D. on Facebook

We had a wonderful master bath renovation experience. They completed the job within the time frame they quoted. Anthony was a great project manager and communicated with me every day so I would know what to expect and at what time the workers would arrive. I found him to be an excellent representative for the company. Christopher was always pleasant and listened to and addressed any concerns I might have had. He is also a wonderful company representative. Nancy was pleasant and always kept me informed. Shaw Company Remodeling is lucky to have these 3 people working for them. This was NOT one of those nightmare renovations you hear about with others who say they can do it cheaper. I would highly recommend this company and do business with them again.

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