Floor Shopping Guide – Part 2

Floor shopping is fun! Learn what you need to know about shopping for a floor online, then visit a flooring store or home center to talk with a flooring expert about your selections.

Where do I shop and what do I need to bring with me?

Okay, so you’ve done your homework: you’ve got your measurements and your flooring estimates. It’s finally time to shop! But first, remember – stick to your budget! There are many beautiful options available, so it’s easy to get carried away.

There are basically three places to shop for flooring: online, a flooring retailer’s showroom or a home center. Most of the time, you’re going to browse for a floor online before you venture out to a store. This way you can check out designs, colors, specs, costs, installation methods, etc., ahead of time and get a solid feel for what you like and what you can afford. Use manufacturers’ websites like Armstrong to learn about the different products available. Armstrong offers a variety of flooring tools to help you find the right floor for your home. You can also order samples and, when you’re ready, locate a retailer. 

The next step is out the door – to a flooring store or home center.

Here are few things to take with you:

  • Measurements
  • Estimates – The flooring store can provide an actual quote based on what you already have.
  • Room layout diagram
  • Decorating elements – pillows, paint charts, fabric swatches, anything portable that you plan to use to decorate your room
  • Photos of the space
  • Flooring Samples

Once you’ve arrived at the retailer, ask lots of questions! Independent retailers have trained sales people ready to answer questions like:

  • Will this floor work in my bathroom? Kitchen? Living room? Basement?
  • Can I install this floor myself?
  • How easy is this floor to clean?
  • Have any customers ever had any issues with this floor?

After you have all your questions answered and you’re satisfied with your floor, it’s time to buy!

Next: It’s installation time.