With the world shrinking, thanks to the web – we have a global market place for everything conceivable to the human mind and flooring supplier and manufacturers are no exception! There are numerous online flooring stores that showcase a wide collection of flooring that range from hardwood flooring, bamboo, cork, laminate, vinyl, engineered to designer options. However, there are a few things you ought to pay attention to if you shop for flooring online.
- Good place to start with!
Looking for flooring options online is a great way to kickstart a flooring upgrade, installation or replacement process. It is easy to check out products along with specifications, brands, online retailers, discounts and offers, installation services, etc. The internet also offers a great platform to compare prices from different stores and brands, which may not be always possible in a real time hardwood flooring store.
- Watch out for prices!
The internet has numerous online stores with wide variety of products priced differently. They also have offers and discounts periodically to entice buyers like home owners and retailers. You need to have exact measurements of your floor to estimate the actual costs. Sometimes these online offers for hardwood flooring or laminate flooring can be ambiguous with hidden costs for installation and shipment. Once you have decided what type of flooring you want and get an idea of the approximate price, it is advisable to visit a brick and mortar shop to actually buy!
- Installation costs
Most online stores offer installation services. Installation of hardwood flooring is the most important aspect of flooring. You need professional as well as technical expertise for the purpose. Though most stores offer the service through in-house installers, find out how much they charge for it. You can also hire installers from outside for the job. Compare the costs of both and then take a call. But it is always a better idea to have installers from a store because you can go back to them if you are not satisfied with the outcome.
- Look for warranties
Many flooring brands offer warranties depending on whether it is hardwood, laminate, engineered or vinyl. However, you need to remember that these warranties are applicable only if they are bought through an authorized flooring retailer. Not all online flooring sites are authorized retailers for all the brands that they showcase. In such cases offers and bargains also vary and may not be valid.
The internet may be the best place to research, review, compare floorings and other accessories, but may not be the best option for an actual purchase. In addition to the points discussed also do our homework about floor care, removal of old flooring, clearing work spaces, maintenance, etc.