shaw floorte vinyl plank flooring review

Shaw Floorte Vinyl Plank Flooring Review

If you’re ready for the newest composition in vinyl planks – consider Shaw Floorte. While often an afterthought, choosing the right flooring will showcase your style and bring a harmonious feeling to your home.

To determine if Shaw Floorte will create a symphony or fall flat in your space, we’ll have to start with the basics. Shaw separates it Floorte planks into five styles and three levels of protection. They are all considered waterproof resilient floors and come with a scratch resistant layer.

Some lines have variable lengths for customizing, while others are best for creating dramatic settings. The choices can be overwhelming, so let’s examine each collection separately.

Floorte Casa

Casa comes in 18 exotic color variations including Bianco, Grigio, and Gialo. These textured planks are vividly detailed and strike the perfect balance between weathered and warm.

Casa planks have a ceramic coated wear layer of 12 mil. While 12 mil is acceptable for vinyl, it may be too thin for use in active households. Families with children and pets should look for thicker vinyl planks with a layer of 20 mil or higher.

The Floorte Casa collection features 4’ long boards just shy of 6” in width. These resilient floors have a waterproof surface making them an excellent choice for basements or damp areas.

Like most of Shaw’s vinyl planks, Casa utilizes the Fold-n-Tap installation method. It’s a floating floor that locks together at the bevels. Installing these planks are relatively simple as they don’t connect to your walls or adhere to the subfloor.

Shaw warranties the finish of its Casa planks in residential settings for 30 years. Be advised, gloss reduction and surface scratches are excluded from this guarantee.

The next option is Bella plank.

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Floorte Bella

The Bella collection is smaller than casa having only 8 color choices. But, fewer options are not always a bad thing. The nature-inspired Bella line features beautiful deep tones with lifelike detailing.

The Bella collection is available in 4’ long planks just short of 6” wide.

While Floorte Bella lacks in selection, it makes up for in quality. Bella vinyl planks have a hearty 20 mil wear layer designed to hold up in busy homes. Shaw guarantees their Bella planks will last as long as you own your home.

If you plan on installing these floors in an office space, Bella has a 10 year light commercial warranty. Bella planks have a total thickness of 6.5mm and are engineered to float over existing flooring.

If you’re looking for a unique look, try the Largo line.

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Largo Planks and Largo Mix Plus

Floorte Largo is the brands smallest but most diverse collection. Largo Planks come in 6 color options that mimic familiar wood species.

These planks are perfect for open floor plans. Their impressive 8” wide by 6’ long sizing make them a smart choice for anyone wanting a seamless look. Utilizing larger planks will create the same sense of flow and continuity found in many of today’s top designs.

Largo planks sport a durable wear layer of 20 mil and a total thickness of 6.5mm. They are waterproof, scratch resistant and have a lifetime warranty.

A subcollection within the Largo line is Largo Mix Plus. These planks come in premixed boxes of various lengths. Largo Mix gives you the freedom to customize your design and create a one of a kind style. This flooring takes it up a notch for those DIY installers with adventurous spirits.

Largo Mix Plus is available in 6 striking shades not found in the original Largo line. The mixed collection offers a residential lifetime warranty. You can install either Largo line with Shaw’s fold-n-tap system.

If you need a budget-friendly option, consider Mantua plank.

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Mantua Plank

Mantua is Shaw’s line of value vinyl planks. These planks come in 9 beautiful colors that blend with any design style. Mantua planks 6”x 4’ and 5.5mm thick.

This collection has a thinner wear layer of 8 mil. Mantua planks may be a better choice for homes without children or pets.

If you’re updating your home for resale purposes, this flooring is an appealing option. Mantua planks are waterproof and scratch resistant. You can install them on any level in your home.

Shaw warranties the planks in this series will last for 15 years of residential use.

While we have covered the lines of Shaw Floorte, we haven’t quite finished our examination of this brand. There is more to consider.

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Shaw Floorte Reviews

The reviews for Shaw Floorte aren’t exactly promising. Installers, retailers, and customers all note multiple problems with Floorte vinyl planks.

While the line has been revamped, it’s hard to ignore the number of complaints. Common issues include faulty installation mechanisms, excessive wear, and denied warranty claims.

While reviews can be helpful, it’s important to do your research. Make sure you take the bad reviews with a grain of salt.

Considering many of the posts were written before the collections overhaul, the problems may have been corrected.

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The Verdict

Shaw offers Their customers a wide variety of options when it comes to vinyl plank. Floorte planks are available in sizes and color options that reflect the warmth and heritage of yesterday’s era, with a modern twist. The ability to personalize your flooring layout is a unique feature not found in many other lines.

Installation of Floorte appears simple and straightforward. This line offers budget-minded buyers a waterproof solution for basement and kitchen remodels. Designers on popular remodeling programs frequently use these planks.

Shaw is upfront and displays the safety certifications of their vinyl planks on their website. They also allow consumers to download and read the warranties before purchasing.

The Shaw brand has been in business for over forty years. Despite some negative feedback, they have a good reputation in the industry. The company is socially and environmentally conscious and gives back to their community.

While it’s easy to focus on customer reviews, don’t base your decision solely on them. If you’re interested in Floorte planks, visit your local retailer to examine the flooring up close. After all, you’re the best judge of which vinyl planks will work in your home.

If you’ve used Floorte, be sure to add to the discussion by posting your comments.

Jeanine Hintze

About Jeanine Hintze

Jeanine Hintze is a professional content writer, and home improvement enthusiast from Long Island.

26 thoughts on “Shaw Floorte Vinyl Plank Flooring Review”

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    Shaw floorte is the Worst product we have ever installed! It does NOT “snap” together like we were told! Wish I did more research on this product. I will Never recommend this product!

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    Barbara Kauffmann

    We had Shaw Floorte vinyl plank installed in our kitchen. The installers put some marks and scratches on some of the planks during the installation. I immediately knew it would not hold up to my dog traffic so my sales rep filed a claim on my behalf with Shaw. By the time they sent an inspector to look at it there were many more scratches and scrapes from the dogs toenails. It has been about a month since the inspector left and no word from Shaw on the status of the claim. I have boxes of vinyl plank sitting in my garage that I wish they would come and take away. Terrible product. It is definitely not for high traffic areas. Way too easy to damage.

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    I installed about 900 feet of Shaw Floorte Casa in Pera color/design in Jan 19. So far it’s been a great looking floor and holding up well, no pops or cracking sound either. Though the Pera pattern really shows the seams, especially when the sun hits it just right. Feels solid under foot, and it definitely has a harder surface than the Armstrong laminate it replaced, as we now have a bit of a echo in the room that wasn’t there before (same furniture as before).

    Very easy to clean with a damp mop with just warm water, then go back over with a dry mop, looks very nice. The texture is very nice too, but some here that walk around barefoot say it’s rough on their feet, so I just told them to wear socks lol. For just under $3 a foot, it seems like quality flooring, and very easy to install.

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    We have the Floorte Casa vinyl planks installed. They looked good for about a year then we started noticing smudges on the surface. We “clean” it with the Shaw’s recommended cleaner, when wet it looks fine, as it dries the smudges are still there. I can’t feel anything on the surface but looks smudged. The install company sent out an appraiser to test the install and the product. He couldn’t remove the smudges either. It has a 12 mm surface protector, maybe I should have installed 20 mm. Or maybe someone else’s product. Discouraged that no one calls back, it’s been 2 months after first reporting. I grew up with oak flooring and didn’t like that either. We’re thinking of going back to shiny sheet vinyl that you can add a polish to brighten.

    Unhappy in Vermont.

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    We have the Shaw Floorte: Premio Plank Plus, Lucca Color. It has been installed for just over a year on our main floor; Kitchen, Dining & Living room. This is also the flooring you come in on from our backyard. We have 3 boys and very active 1 year old husky that was just a baby when the floor was installed. It still looks beautiful. We have no scratches and no planks popping up. We installed it ourselves. We are considering it for our basement next. We even had our Fridge Ice maker line leak on it twice with no issues and house broke a puppy. We would highly recommend this flooring.

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    I have the Shaw Floorte Alto Plank Noce color – 6.5 mm thickness, 20mill wear layer 2800 sq ft – looks great, no issues with builder installation. 7 months in and so far so good. In my previous home I had a glued down engineered wood floor which was softer and more quiet. Overall happy with my my LVT floor.

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    Total junk flooring. Scratched after three days and can’t figure how that happened. Professionally installed. A complete waste of money and time. Junk quality.

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      Terrible product. We had 5,800 sqft professionally installed in July of 2018.

      We used Floorte’ Pro 5 Series Plus glue down commercial application and it immediately showed signs of failing. Shaw representatives were called out to review install procedures, methods, and found no flaws with the contractor. They found a flaw in the design of the floor that caused some edges of the plank to raise. Shaw is warranting the entire replacement but I am now listening to the professional contractor on what to replace this with.

      There are better Shaw products that have already proved themselves reliable, so stay away from Floorte’ Pro! Nothing worse than to have to shut down an entire building to replace a brand new floor. Shaw doesn’t seem to recognize the value in the required shut down. They don’t offer any funds for that and they should!

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        Floyd Hartzer

        What was the immediate failure? I am experiencing cupping and curling.. i have been trying to figure out problem, and i keep saying defective product. thank you for a quick reply.. i am in the middle of the paying to repeatedly install a floor..

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          Laura Idelson

          Shaw Floorte started curling on the day of installation! Had an inspector come out & said no fault in the installation. This is a terrible product that we’ve only had for 2 weeks & not even moved into our new house. @Shaw_Inc #shawfloors Our sales person is baffled, the Shaw rep is baffled yet we are holding an expensive bag!

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    Suzanne Jackson

    Glad I read these reviews as was seriously considering this flooring for my kitchen, dining room and hallway. My biggest concern was scratching from dining room chairs. Back to the drawing board.

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    We had floorte pro installed. Floor looked great, til we had a dishwasher leak. Pulled up and dried the flooring. But then could not get it to click back together properly. And about 75% wouldn’t go back down properly. Maybe it isn’t made to be durable enough to do that? We had an inspector come out. He took two planks with him. (These two were perfect planks I will add). Told us there was nothing wrong with the flooring. Installation error. We are replacing our floorte floor with a different brand, with better ratings.

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    I purchased 1600 sq ft. I’m not even 100 sq ft in and having major issues, if it continues this is going to be a the biggest mistake I’ve ever made! And expensive. I’ve laid a lot of floors including hardwood and have never had theses issues. It doesn’t lock in, separates, I’ve taken it out and tried relaying, Did not resolve. I’ll be looking into returning it. I’ll let you know how well that goes.

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    Just started installing Shaw Floorte Pro Series 7 Luxury Vinyl. Saying that it is horrible would be an understatement. Its “locking” design is completely flawed. I tore it out after about 15 square feet because the planks were simply not staying together. Will be returning for a refund.

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    Our Floorte buckled and warped during some very hot days, in spite of the shade screen and low e glass. The planks were acclimated for well over a week to the summer heat prior to installation. Not happy. Dents easily and scratches. Not as advertised. (It is waterproof!) The floor looks worn out after only a few short months. Too bad, always thought Shaw was reputable and provided only the best product.

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      donna hyacinth

      The worst floor ever. It is so thin that the uneven floor was most apparent. It is very difficult to walk on the floor, as I moved a price of furniture and it left a huge scratch on the floor. The basement was supposed to be for the kids to play. I’m apprehensive already, I can’t imagine how the floor will look in a few months if the kids move chairs, or lay out the air hockey, or the ping pong table. Not a great choice. I’m sorry that I chose this floor.

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        What is the wear layer of your floor? The 20 mil thickness is supposed to be for hearty enough for commercial use.

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    We just purchased 1400 sq ft plus of Shaw Floorte largo 20mil. Within a week there a ton of scratches underneath our kitchen table from our chairs. The chairs are very lightweight and have protective bottom. I chose this because everyone said it’s so much better than wood in a busy family. Completely regret my decision

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      I had wood floors in a previous house and they also were scratched to pieces by the chairs even though we had protective bottoms and tried to be very careful.

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      Wow. This is shocking. I have samples of the Largo now and wanted to purchase roughly 600 square feet. I thought the 20 mil rating was more than sufficient for residential use, but after reading your review I am rethinking.

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        I have the 20mil Shaw floorte with attached underlayment and LOVE it. I am a foster parent for dogs. Currently have 5 along with 3 sons. Cleans easily. Had a water leak from a window air conditioner recently-went all over the extra boards we had from installation. NO Problem whatsoever. The boxes were ruined, but the planks are fine.

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