Choosing a Flooring Company
Choosing a flooring company can be overwhelming, so here are factors you may want to consider:
“The allure of a warranty can be as enchanting as a polished marble floor, but not all warranties are created equal,” says Elizabeth Grace, an interior designer based in New York. “When evaluating warranties, delve into the fine print,” she suggests.
Look for coverage duration – the longer, the better. Also be sure to scrutinize the terms for maintenance requirements, as not following these consistently can void even comprehensive warranties.
“A warranty that covers both material defects and installation issues is the gold standard,” Grace says.
Quality and Durability
When choosing flooring, you should first think about the area where the flooring will go: Is it a high-tread area? Do you have pets? Do you have children? How many people do you expect to walk, crawl, run, or play there daily? Also, will this area be susceptible to water and other liquids that could cause issues to the flooring?
“When durability reigns supreme, one flooring material emerges as the titan: porcelain tile,” Grace says. “Engineered to withstand the test of time and the trials of high-traffic areas, porcelain tile boasts incredible resistance to scratches, stains and moisture.” It’s ideal for kitchens, bathrooms, and entryways where durability is an important factor.
Many people look at the flooring material costs but fail to look at extra fees, such as installation costs, rug padding, and other add-ons, according to We Buy Houses owner and CEO Shaun Martin, a real estate professional and home flipper in Denver, Colorado. Some flooring may be more expensive to install than others, so this must be taken into account when choosing a flooring type and flooring company.
Keep in mind, however, that while some materials and installation fees may have a higher upfront cost, their durability could lead to savings in the long run.
Read company reviews, especially current ones. These will tell you many details of the company’s prior work that you probably won’t find on the flooring company’s website, including promptness, reliability, how well the space was cleaned after the job is done, ease of the transaction, customer service, and more. Make sure you look at reviews of the company’s work in your region, as these companies often use independent contractors, whose work quality can vary greatly.
Range of Services
Flooring companies may offer everything from floor removal to repair to installation and other services. You first need to determine what services you need. Do you need the company to repair a floor in one room and fully strip and install a floor in another? Or do you just need the installation of carpet? These answers will determine which flooring company may be the best choice for your project.