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 store and see all the selections. Suddenly you are surrounded with 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 customers’ main concerns and how we answer these problems.
Decide on a Floor Type
Before you even walk into a flooring store, decide beforehand what you expect from your new floors. This will give you a much more narrowed focus when shopping. Do your research, find out what type of floors suit 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 a big factor when it comes to home improvement. Decide what is a luxury and what is a necessity, then make sure to tell your flooring specialist what that amount is.
Bring in Home Decor
Color and style coordination with existing furniture and decorations will make or break your project. Most people are surprised by the impact new floors have on the home. You don’t want to purchase new floors, 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 salesperson 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 “take-home samples” for you. Flack’s takes it a step further by laying out our most popular flooring materials in large vignettes for customers to walk on and feel before they buy.
Look at Reliable Brands
As mentioned, money is one of the biggest factors in selecting new floors, but quality should also be a concern. Buying cheap floors may not actually save you money if they don’t last. 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 by cutting costs in the wrong places, it may shorten the time between necessary renovations.
We understand how stressful buying new floors can be for the average consumer. 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 helping you make the best choice. 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.