It is time to get new floors in your home. You sit down to list all of the factors to consider before making this big decision, including budget, value, durability, decor, time, and the list goes on and on. The task becomes a bit daunting, and even more so when you actually go into a flooring store and see all the selections. Suddenly you are surrounded by so many choices and absolutely no idea where to begin your search.
Installing new floors is one of the most expensive projects a homeowner will undertake. As a consumer, you want to make the right choice from the start to prevent spending more money in the future. But, with so many floor types and a limited amount of time and money, your decision may not be as easy as simply walking into Lowes or Home Depot.
Flack’s Flooring has created a brief guide to help you choose the right floors for your home. Take a look at some of our customer’s main concerns and how we answer these problems.
Decide on a Floor Type
Before you even walk into a flooring store, decide beforehand what type of floor you want in your space. This will give you a much more narrowed focus when shopping. Do your research, find out what type of floor suits your lifestyle and your personality, then go to the stores. Too many options will overwhelm any buyer.
Know Your Budget
Be upfront about how much you want to spend. Money is the biggest, if not the main factor when it comes to home improvement. Determine how much area you need to cover and how much you can spend per square foot. Decide what is a luxury and what is a necessity, then make sure to tell your sales person what that amount is. They will base all of the floors they show you on your monetary means.
Bring in Home Decor
Color and style coordination with existing furniture and decorations is a big deal for some people. You don’t want to get new floors put down in your home, only to realize that it doesn’t match anything. If you have a certain look you are going for, bring a fabric swatch or paint sample with you. Your sales person should be able to guide you through the design process and find the perfect floors for your aesthetic.
Take Home Samples
Never decide on a floor until you’ve taken a sample home. Patterned or colored floors often look different once installed, and once it is down, the job is done. Just as you would take paint samples home, most flooring stores should have small carpet or hardwood squares for you to look through. Flack’s takes it a step further by laying out our most popular flooring materials in large vignettes for customers to walk and feel before they buy. If you can’t come to us however, ask your salesperson for multiple options.
Look at Reliable Brands
As mentioned, money is one of the biggest factors to selecting new floors, but quality should also be a concern. Buying cheap floors may not actually save you money if big repairs are needed much sooner than planned. Look at reliable brands like Phenix, Karndean, Mohawk, or Shaw. If you have pets, consider protective features from Stainmaster PetProtect or Mohawk SmartStrand. Your floors are meant to last a long time, and cutting costs in the wrong places, may shorten the time between necessary renovations.
We understand how stressful buying new floors can be for the average customer. You worry about the costs, the hidden fees, the durability, the design, the decorations, and so much more. The Flack’s team wants to reassure you that you are not alone in this project. We will be there every step of the way guiding you through it and helping you make decisions. Whether you are getting a stair runner made or replacing all the floors in your home, Flack’s has quality products, great special pricing, and a dedicated team to help you make the right choice.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the best brands of hardwood flooring?
Every brand Flack’s carries has a wide variety of hardwood flooring options. Some of our most reputable brands include Mohawk, Shaw, Hallmark Floors, and Anderson Tuftex.
When is the best time to buy hardwood flooring?
Installing hardwood floors can take anywhere from a few hours to a few days. It depends on how much large the space is and how much prepwork is needed (removal of old floors).