Do You Need a Name Brand Floor?
“How do I know which brand to go with?” “Does name matter?” “Who has the best prices?” All of these questions and more answered to help you make an educated flooring purchase. And of course the big question; Do you need a name brand floor?
When shopping for any product, you are going to be faced with the choice of a well known, established Brand and what some consider to be the cheap knock off. The same is true with flooring. You are already probably familiar with most of the higher selling floor brands out there, but are they really giving you a better value?
With something as important as flooring for your home, you cannot take any chances on a sub-quality product. Not only is this a purchase that you want to look good, it has to be durable. Otherwise there is no value to it at all, as you will most likely be shopping for new flooring again in just a couple of years.
There are some brands that have been in business for over a hundred years. With that type of longevity, you know that they have consistently delivered high quality products. Despite their high demand, their prices have remained competitive, even when paired against lesser known brands.
The quality of the products used to make the flooring makes a big difference in how it will stand up in your home. Lesser known brands will cut corners by using sub-standard materials in their flooring products. You may not see the difference in the hardware store, but you will once the flooring has been laid out in your home. Especially when you end up having to replace it in just a few years.
There are just some items that you cannot skimp out on when it comes to your home, and new flooring is one of them. If you do, you are going to end up paying double in the long run.
What Should You Be Looking For?
First of all you want to go with a flooring brand that has a long standing reputation of quality. As mentioned above, there are some that have been doing this for decades, with a long line of very satisfied customers to back them up.
Quality materials are also important. A floor installer can help you with this depending on the type of floor you want. Durability of course is important in the materials used, as well as how they handle elements like water. The materials also affect the way a floor looks.
When looking primarily at cost, what you will discover that even with those well established flooring brands, they are just as cost effective as the lesser ones. That is because those well established companies are selling so much more of their products that they are able to get the high quality materials needed at a discount.
Buy an off brand soap, or can of soup, but when it comes to a permanent structure in your home that is supposed to add value, stick with the brands that everyone knows. Over time, you will greatly appreciate the difference in quality.