Floor Shopping Guide – Part 1

Floor shopping can be a lot of fun – there are so many flooring options to choose from! Learn step-by-step how to narrow your choices to find the right floor for your home.

Floor Shopping Guide Part 1

Where do you start?

Is the vinyl floor in your kitchen looking a little outdated? Maybe you’ve been thinking of replacing the carpet in the family room with a hardwood or laminate floor. Purchasing a new floor is a big decision that needs careful consideration and pre-planning. So, where do you start? First, choose a flooring type. If you aren’t sure what flooring type to install, check out Flooring 101 to learn more about the different types of flooring we offer, including hardwood, laminate, luxury vinyl, vinyl sheet, vinyl tile and linoleum.

Once you’ve decided on a flooring type, the next step is to think about the room where your new floor will be installed. This is an important part of the process because you want to make sure the floor fits your lifestyle and your budget.



  • Which room?
  • Amount of traffic?
  • Do you have pets? (Some floors are more “pet friendly” than others.)
  • On which level will you be installing the floor? (Basement, first floor, second floor, attic)
  • Does the room get a lot of moisture?

Room Decor

  • Does the flooring you want match your decorating style? You don’t want to install a new floor and then realize you’re going to spend more money redecorating – unless that’s the plan.


  • Is your subfloor concrete?
  • Does your subfloor have to be replaced?


Once you’ve answered these questions, you’re ready to create a budget. You can either do it yourself or get professional help.

  • Use the Project Estimator tool. Armstrong offers a helpful online tool to help you estimate flooring prices and other related costs of your flooring project for both professional and do-it-yourself installations.
  • Get an in-home estimate by a professional. Professional floor installers or contractors will come to your home to assess your design plan and provide a written estimate.

Now you’re ready to take the next step: Where do I shop and what do I need to bring with me?

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