Where to Buy
Flooring Shopping Tips
To make sure you get the best results from your floor shopping trip, use this checklist. Being prepared ahead of time will ultimately make you feel more confident with your floor purchasing decision.
Before you go to a flooring store:
Draw a simple outline of your room with:
- Room exits
- Adjoining room floors – type and color
- Subfloor – what’s underneath (sometimes you can pull up an in-floor heating duct to see)
- Measurement – length and width, including closets
Bring with you to the store:
- Pictures of room scenes you like – or your own room where the new floor will be installed.
- Swatches – fabrics, paint chips, pictures, decorative pillows. These will help you match floors with your décor.
Questions the salesperson may ask you:
- Is there light or heavy traffic in this room?
- What is the room used for?
- Do you have children or pets?
- How long do you want this flooring to last?
- Is there a door to the outside in the room?
- Do you have a certain color in mind?
- What are the room's lighting sources?
- What types of furnishings do you have?
- What's the style of the room? Traditional? Contemporary? Rustic?
- What's the feel of the room? Casual? Formal? Somewhere in-between?
Questions you may want to ask the salesperson:
- Estimate – do charges apply?
- Samples – Available to take home?
- Underlayment – What type is required?
- Warranties on flooring – What is offered?
- What is the cost?
- What is the installation procedure?
- Who handles appliance and fixture removal and replacement?
- Who disposes of old flooring?
- Are new moldings, wall base and toe kick required?
- Will the new flooring add height to the room?
- Are installers certified?