If you are getting new flooring for your home – whether carpeting, laminate, vinyl, hardwood or other material – be sure you get all you need or think you will need. All too often homeowners buy flooring and finish one room with the hopes of finishing another room later down the road with the same material, only to find that the flooring has been discontinued and is no longer available!
Don’t let this happen to you. We all know procrastination is not the most efficient way to go through life. Many times you can get away with it, and some people even thrive on it by having the added pressure to get a project done before a looming deadline. That is fine if it’s something within your control. However, with flooring, there is no guarantee that what’s in the store one day will still be there another month or year later.
Flooring styles are constantly changing and evolving. Manufacturers create different styles that have varying shelf lives. Some may last for 10 years while others may only be available for a couple of years. There is really no way to know when the manufacturer will decide to cease making a certain product. They decide based on how the product sells and how the market continues to change.
So if you love your flooring and think you’ll want more to finish additional rooms in your house, don’t wait! Buy more now and store it until you need it. It may seem out-of-line to buy something when you don’t need it at the time, but it’s better to have it for when you do need it.
Have you ever had a favorite pair of shoes? Maybe you have a certain brand and style that fit just right and provide the most comfort you’ve ever had on your feet. You decide when this pair wears out, you are getting another pair just like them. So, that inevitable day comes when you go to the shoe store or online but no amount of searching allows you to find that style anymore. It’s disappointing to say the least, and you end up getting a different pair of shoes that may turn out great, but they will never be like that last pair!
It’s silly to compare shoes to flooring; however, the same concept applies. You have flooring or carpeting installed in your home, and you love it! You decide a year or two later you want to continue that flooring from the kitchen to the dining room, or from the living room all the way down the hall. Then you find it’s no longer available, and you have to settle for an alternate flooring that won’t exactly match your current décor.
You can roll the dice if you like and take a chance that the flooring you want will still be available months or years later, or you can be proactive and get the flooring now. It might be a pain finding a place to store it, but it will be so worth it when you are ready to put it down.