Today’s options for flooring are more abundant than ever. The technology, innovation, and production have made it more difficult to choose which flooring is the best for your home. How do you choose? Should you have wood in your kitchen? Is tile the best option for your lifestyle? Is it okay that your budget only allows for resilient vinyl in your home? What about exotic choices like Bamboo or Cork? Is laminate better than hardwood? Should I choose a hard surface over carpet? The questions go on and on and on. That is why we are here! To help guide you through the flooring jungle. At Al’s Carpet, Flooring & Design Center we care more about tomorrow than we do today. As a family enterprise it is our goal to find the best floor for your lifestyle and budget.
How to Choose Flooring?
Know your lifestyle. What are your realistic expectations for your flooring? How long are you going to be in your home? What is the most important thing to you about your new flooring?
Know your style ~ what colors, textures, and patterns are you attracted to? Are you Rustic? Traditional? Modern? Transitional? Just because something is the latest trend doesn’t mean it is meant for your home. Purchase something you are going to love waking up to every day.
Have a realistic idea of your budget. If the offer is too good to be true, then it probably is. It is impossible to get the same quality at a lower price. You get what you pay for.
You can get an estimate with your square footage, but a professional measure is always the best. Make sure there are no hidden costs like baseboards, moving furniture, transitions, etc. At the same time, make sure you are getting a complete job. Trim work, transitions, stains, adhesives and underlayments should all be figured into your cost at time of purchase. Do not cut corners to save on cost. It will come back to bite you in the long run.
Take things you read on the internet with a grain of salt. There are pro’s and con’s to all products. Everyone’s lifestyle is different. Not every manufacturer produces to the same level of consistency and quality.
Don’t take up offers from your Handyman, Carpenter or other non-expert. Go to a flooring expert with experience. Always ask for referrals, ask to see photos, ask to see certification. Buy local. Is your company truly local? If a company has a vested interest in their community, you will see that through their service.
Know your installer. Make sure your installer isn’t a jack of all trades. Just because they have installed wood or tile before doesn’t mean they are an expert. The flooring industry is an ever evolving industry. Wood today isn’t the same as it was 5 years ago. Know your installer is up to date on certifications, classes and the technical knowledge of your specific floors.
Don’t mix and match products and installers. Make sure you have one person that is going to stand behind both the product you purchased and the installation.
At Al’s Carpet, Flooring & Design Center we pride ourselves on our product knowledge, technical expertise and quality installation. We help make the buying process and fun and painless experience. That is doing business with a family enterprise. Let us be in your future.