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Getting the perfect flooring

Is the vinyl floor in your kitchen looking a little worn and outdated? Maybe you’ve been thinking of replacing the carpet in the family room with a hardwood or laminate flooring solution. Purchasing a new floor is a big decision that requires careful planning.

So, where do you start? First, you must decide on the proper flooring type for your specific project. There are many floor coverings solutions including carpet, hardwood, laminate, luxury vinyl, and ceramic tile. If you aren’t sure what flooring type you want, visit our flooring product and inspiration pages or stop by one of our conveniently located showrooms and discover the world of today’s flooring options.

Below, we’ve arranged for some high-level shopping tips to guide to the perfect floor for your home.

Choosing a flooring solution

Once you’ve decided on a floor type, the next step is to think about the room where your new floor will be installed. This is an important part of the process because you want to make sure the floor fits your lifestyle and your budget.

Which room?

Amount of traffic?

Pets?

Which level of your home?

Is the room moisture-prone?

Choosing a floor style

Find a floor that matches your specific lifestyle and your overall room decor. You also want to consider functionality.

Traditional

Southwestern

Modern

Vintage

Rustic

English Country

Shabby Chic

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Art Deco

Asian

Coastal

Eclectic

French

Mediterranean

Mid-century Modern

Time To Begin Shopping

Chances are, you’ll shop for your new floor in one of three places: a flooring store, a home center, or online.

If you are going to a bricks-and-mortar store, make a list of the things you’ll need to take with you.

  • Measurements
  • Photos of your room or a rough sketch
  • Décor elements: paint charts, fabric swatches, and pillows
  • Floor samples

Arriving At Flooring 101

When you arrive at your convenient Flooring 101 showroom, ask our highly trained and professional sale representative all of your questions!

  • Will this floor work in my [which room]?
  • Can I install this floor myself?
  • Is this floor easy to clean?
  • I have a concrete subfloor. What floor can I put over it?
  • Do I need to replace my subfloor?

When you’re satisfied with your choice, it’s time to buy!

Installation Process

Now that you’ve selected your floor, it’s time to install it – or hire a professional.

If you’re a DIYer, check out videos, chatrooms, forums, and other online sources to get tips for installing your floor.

If you decide to install the floor yourself, please make sure to follow the directions that come in the flooring boxes. Don’t cut any corners!

If you don’t plan to install your floor yourself, our team of professional installers will install it for you.

'Jimmy

Here's a word from our founder

Dimitrios “Jimmy” Poulos, the founder of Flooring 101, reflects on a lifetime of excellence in the flooring business.