Details for 7 mistakes to avoid when floor shopping.

1. Choosing floors that don’t fit your lifestyle.

Try not to choose a floor simply because it looks good. Be sure it fits your lifestyle. Some flooring choices are better suited than others. Think about whether the room is a high-traffic area, if there are or will be kids or pets in the home, or if you like to host parties frequently. Also consider how often you plan to replace your floors or redecorate.

2. Buying before trying it out in your space.

Certain floors might look great in-store or online, but they might not look good in your room. Ask for samples to try out at home. Home improvement stores may have smaller samples, while specialty flooring stores can loan out larger samples that will give you a better idea of how the floor will coordinate with your room and what it will look like in various types of lighting throughout the day.

3. Choosing floors without thinking about room factors.

Consider factors like humidity, moisture and traffic level when shopping for floors. Knowing your room’s environment can help narrow down options and avoid potential problems after the floors have been installed.

4. Not asking questions.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Asking questions can help you make informed and confident decisions. Read our guide on what questions you should ask when shopping for floors.

5. Not thinking about installation.

Installation is just as important as the floor. For example, a budget-friendly tile can look great if installed correctly and a high-quality tile can look shoddy if installed poorly.

Hire a professional for the best results, and look into obtaining an installation warranty to make sure you’re not wasting time and money on redoing a poorly installed floor.

6. Not considering a warranty

While there is no guarantee that you will use or need your warranty, it’s still important to consider the pros and cons. Warranties can offer peace of mind by providing guaranteed protection against a variety of factors. They can vary by retailer, flooring type, region and even lifestyle, so you’ll want to do some research and choose a warranty that aligns with your specific needs. Learn more about warranties

7. Not seeking professional help

DIY can seem like the least expensive option, but seeking professional help will often save time and money. For example, when measuring for floors, a professional can provide you with a more accurate measurement, which may keep you from ordering more flooring than you need.

Also, unless you’re an experienced DIYer, installing floors is not as easy as it sounds. You may end up spending more time and money on buying tools or redoing a botched installation.

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