Shaw Industries manufactures hardwood, laminate, tile and stone flooring. The company also makes carpet, area rugs and a large variety of resilient synthetic flooring options.
The Shaw Hard Surface division produces many lines of resilient flooring designed for extremely heavy use. Hospitals and schools often choose this type of flooring because it does not emit irritating chemical fumes. All Shaw resilient flooring complies with the volatile organic compounds standards of the California Section 01350 Program.
One of the most popular lines of Shaw resilient flooring is Quiet Cover, which features acoustic muffling technology. Quiet Cover installs quickly because it does not require glue, and is ready to use immediately after installation. This flooring contains 72 percent recycled materials and comes in a variety of imitation wood finishes.
Shaw manufactures nylon, polyester and olefin carpeting. Olefin, also called polypropylene, is a synthetic material that mimics wool. It is highly stain-resistant, but absorbs oil. Consequently, olefin carpet is not well-suited to areas prone to oily spills, according to About.com. Wearing shoes or socks prevents the carpet from absorbing skin oils. Olefin is a popular choice for outdoor carpet because it does not absorb water and dries quickly, which reduces the risk of mold growth.