How to Get More & Spend Less: Flooring Edition
Tips • June 14, 2023

How to Get More & Spend Less: Flooring Edition

by Serena Bethle

The BIG question. How do I get more by spending less? Well, it’s quite simple, really. You have to know what you want, stick to a budget, and most importantly…RESEARCH your options! You may think it is as simple as walking into a store and picking out the first thing you like. Wrong! You need to evaluate several different options including which product/products you are wanting, visit various retail stores to find the company that best suits your needs, and ultimately what value you will be getting from each retailer. Here we will guide you through the process of buying flooring and how to get more bang for your buck!

Choosing the Right Flooring Type

When it comes to flooring, your choice will significantly impact your budget. Consider these affordable options:

    1. Luxury Vinyl Plank (LVP): LVP is a popular choice due to its durability, scratch resistance, and water resistance. It is perfect for homes with pets or children. Most LVP ranges from $1 to $4 per square foot and offers a variety of colors and grains to match your space.

    2. Laminate Flooring: Laminate has come a long way and now offers improved quality, including enhanced water resistance and secure click-and-lock installation. It mimics the look of natural materials like hardwood or stone, providing an authentic aesthetic without the high cost. Laminate flooring typically costs between $1 and $7 per square foot.

    3. Engineered Hardwood: For a classic and timeless look, consider engineered hardwood. While it may be slightly more expensive than other options, ranging from $4 to $7 per square foot, it offers the beauty of hardwood with added durability and affordability compared to solid hardwood.

comparison chart between hardwood and engineered hardwood

4. Carpet: Carpet is a budget-friendly choice, especially for bedrooms and living rooms, as it creates a cozy environment. It is versatile, easy to install, and serves as a sound barrier. At Floor Authority, we offer FREE carpet installation, making it a cost-effective option. Carpet prices can range from $0.65 to $12 per square foot.

Researching Different Retailers

Researching different retailers is crucial when buying flooring. Consider the following steps to make an informed decision:

  1. Compare Pricing: Big-name brands like Shaw, Mohawk, and Daltile are carried by most flooring companies. Research and compare the prices offered by different retailers for the specific products you are interested in. Floor Authority, for example, provides fair pricing and even offers a price match* if you find a cheaper option.

  2. Ask Important Questions: When contacting retailers, ask these questions to gain better knowledge and compare their offerings:

a. What types of flooring materials do you offer?
b. Can you provide samples?
c. Are your flooring products suitable for the specific area?
d. Do you offer installation services?
e. Can you provide references or examples of previous flooring installations?
f. What is the expected timeline for installation?
g. What warranties do you offer on flooring products and installation work?
h. Are there any additional charges or fees?
i. How do you handle issues or concerns during or after installation?
j. Do you offer financing options or payment plans?
k. Are you affiliated with professional associations or certified in the flooring industry?
l. Do you have any current discounts or promotions?
3. Consider the Value: It's not just about the price; consider what value each retailer offers. Do they provide free installation? Do they assign a field manager or a personal representative to your project? These factors should also influence your decision-making process.
The Floor Authority Difference
At Floor Authority, we strive to provide the best value for your money. Here's what sets us apart:
  1. Extensive Showroom: Floor Authority boasts one of the largest showrooms in Myrtle Beach, offering a wide range of options, including tile, luxury vinyl plank, hardwood, carpet, laminate, and backsplash. With our diverse selection, you'll find the perfect flooring solution for your space.

  2. Mobile Showroom: We go the extra mile by providing a mobile showroom service. We bring our store to you, allowing you to browse our products and make selections from the comfort of your home.

  3. Dedicated Sales Representative: When you choose Floor Authority, you'll have a designated sales representative who will answer all your questions and provide guidance throughout your project. They will ensure you have the information you need to make informed decisions.

  4. Project Manager Support: Once your project begins, we assign a dedicated project manager who will be available to you throughout the entire installation process. Whether you have questions, concerns, or need updates, your project manager will be there to assist you, ensuring a smooth and stress-free experience.

  5. Free Quotes and Carpet Installation: We understand that flooring projects can be costly. That's why we offer free quotes, allowing you to budget effectively. Additionally, we provide free carpet installation, making it even more affordable to enhance your home's comfort and style.

If you're looking to maximize your budget while getting high-quality flooring, Floor Authority is your go-to choice. With our extensive showroom, mobile showroom service, dedicated sales representatives, and project manager support, we ensure that you receive the best service and value. Contact us at 843-788-9792 to start your flooring project. We can't wait to work with you!