Are you considering purchasing new flooring for your home? There are many places to find good, high-quality flooring, including through online retailers. Before making a decision and spending your hard-earned money, it is important to know a few important facts about buying flooring online. There are several major retailers who sell flooring online and promise to deliver it directly to your home. Some will even install the flooring for you. These companies also offer spectacular deals on flooring prices and will usually include a warranty for the materials and labor, if they do the installation. While this sounds great, especially if you are on a budget, there are a few things to keep in mind as you look to buy floors online.
Online floor retailers offer a variety of floor types and will usually deliver it directly to your home. This means you must be able to take delivery and ensure you are getting everything you ordered. Unless you pay the company to do the installation, you will also need to be prepared to get the flooring under cover, preferably into the house and out of the elements. While it is certainly convenient to order floors online, have it delivered to your home and never have to leave your house, there will be some work required on your part.
Online retailers also offer a very good selection of flooring, from bamboo to hardwoods, laminate to tile, and vinyl to cork. You can browse through the online stores and compare prices before you purchase without driving from store to store. The downside of this is you can’t touch and feel the wood and can’t see the way the grain looks in natural light. Some online dealers will provide a sample, but you will have to pay for it and wait for it to arrive.
If you shop at a local flooring store, you can see all their products on display and ask all your questions of a trained sales staff. This is a real advantage over buying from an online retailer. If you aren’t certain which type of flooring will work best for you, it might be a better idea to work with a local flooring store on our purchase.
If the price is important to you, buying online can be a real advantage. Even if you are looking for the best deal, you must be sure to read all the information about warranties and guarantees. Make sure you understand all the conditions that could void a warranty before you make your purchase.
Another possible benefit to purchasing online is no sales tax. Unless the merchant does business in your state, you will not pay sales tax on your purchase. In reality, this is becoming less likely as state and local governments are requiring online retailers to have a presence in their state to collect sales tax.
One primary disadvantage of buying flooring online is delivery. You must be present to accept the delivery and most trucking companies will only give you a four-hour window. This can be inconvenient for some people.
When you are considering purchasing floating timber flooring, it makes sense to look at online flooring retailers. You can get a good price but should be aware of the restrictions you may face when you buy floors online.