Crazy Flooring Myths You Didn’t Know About
Are you ready for the flooring myth busters to swing into action?
Many consumers feel that the larger big box stores can deliver the goods, less expensive, faster, better and with more variety and selection, than smaller independent, stand alone flooring stores. I am here to tell you as a part owner of said smaller institution in my opinion, humble as it may be, we can’t be beat.
Are you ready? Lets tackle the issues in the order I have stated them.
Less expensive, I don’t think so.
Over the years, with mergers, and closings etc., especially in Canada, we have had to turn to the U.S. market more and more, very few Flooring products are manufactured in this country any more. Everything from Carpet, to Laminates and Hardwoods, Ceramic tiles and Vinyl flooring wind up on our door step from another country. In short, most of us end up purchasing from the same manufacturer/distributor pool. Generally, how much, or how little we purchase from a particular supplier is reflected in what we pay for materials. In a lot of instances smaller independent stores pay the same or less for product than big box stores, which is why it is extremely important to price apples to apples when comparison shopping. Sometimes the names have been changed to protect the innocent, so simply bring us a sample and more than likely we know what the product is or we can match it to one of our samples. As well, some of the larger Big box type stores have items manufactured specifically for them, usually we can find a close match or a reasonable alternative. It’s also extremely important to find our where the products are manufactured. Keep in mind also that when pricing an installed product, its the bottom line that counts.
Faster, could be a tie.
As I stated above, we all mostly purchase from the same supplier pool, and bigger doesn’t mean they get it any faster. If its back ordered for us, its back ordered for them. We all stock some items, which are specific to location etc., that can be had on the spot, but unless you plan to install something yourself, by the time the job is measured, priced and signed and sealed, the delivery is usually when you want it.
More variety, not a chance.
At Michael’s Flooring we have almost 5000 square feet devoted to flooring of every description, Hardwoods, Laminates, Ceramics, Corks, Vinyls, specialty commercial and on and on. If by chance we don’t have it, we try and source it for you.
Better, try us on for size.
We’ll be happy to supply references on any of the type of flooring installations you require, as should most independent flooring stores. Ask around, find out the word on the street. Our installers are seasoned veterans. Our estimaters have years of experience in making sure your job is fine tuned to suit you, and OUR ESTIMATES ARE FREE.
So you be the judge, it’s always better to get more than one price anyway. Let the smaller independents prove their worth to you, and find out if it’s Big box or Big Myth.