Know Before You Go

New flooring makes a huge impact in a room and is a great way to change the look and feel of your home.  However, home improvements can be stressful.  Do yourself a favor and prepare as much as possible before taking on an improvement project.  There are a few things you should consider prior to shopping for you new floors.  

Thinking about the following before your trip to the flooring store will help you be more prepared to discuss your options with your flooring specialist.

  1. Room measurements.  Even though almost all flooring retailers will send someone out to take accurate measurements for you, it’s good to have an idea of how much flooring you’re going to need.  This will help your flooring specialist point you in the right direction when it comes to our next point:  
  2. Budget.  What is the total amount you’re able to spend on your new flooring?  Combine this with the total number of square feet of flooring you’ll need, and your flooring specialist will know which price range of flooring products you should be considering.
  3. Room use.  Understand how much and what type of traffic the room(s) will endure.  Is it an entryway with heavy traffic, or a laundry room with very little traffic?  Will you have toddlers crawling around?  Are you planning for a new pet?  Does the room have running water or appliances that need maintenance?
  4. Important elements.  What is most important to you in your new flooring?  Elements to consider include style, comfort, durability, ease of maintenance and functionality.    
  5. Color and design.   Do you need to lighten a dark room or make a small room appear larger?  Flooring makes a big impact in a room, and can change it’s dynamics.  Take into account your current color and design schematics and what you hope to accomplish with new floors.