Four Ways to Save a Ton of Money when Shopping for Flooring

We all try to save a buck here or there.

But when it comes to flooring- it seems like most everywhere you go, there are hidden fees and mark-ups galore that keep stretching your budget.

Well, as always, we’re here to help. Here are four awesome ways that you can save money when shopping online or in-store for flooring!

Check out the ‘Little Guys’

You may be surprised at just how marked up the big guys are. Here’s the thing- buying flooring is no different than buying groceries from the supermarket. The way I see it, you have two choices:

You could go to a more conveniently located ‘Big Guy’, maybe get a small discount and have to begrudgingly choose from an overwhelming amount of inventory without even seeing a store associate until you get to the register.

Or-

Go to a smaller grocer where you’ll find incredible promotions and sales and wonderful, friendly staff that just want to make sure you have a great experience *Plus- Freshly baked bagels!*.

Chances are, when you realize you’re out of sugar just as you’ve cracked the last egg for that birthday cake you’re making- you head straight for the Big Guys while still in your pajamas because they’re open at 11:52pm on a Sunday. But when you are planning out your weekly shopping list, you probably compare prices and sale fliers from several smaller grocers to make sure you get the best price.

When you buy flooring from the ‘little guys’ like Carpet Express– you get the little guy experience. Amazing customer service, willingness to help, personalized sales, and incredible, unbeatable prices.

Give them a call!

What happens when you take a break from  clicking through those thumbnails of carpet and call that phone number at the top of the screen?

You get to talk to some pretty awesome people. You’ll also probably save a pretty penny. Speaking with someone will give you some great insight into the world of flooring.

There’s a lot of flooring options out there. Let them help you navigate through the dismal caverns of shag, out of the cracked, stained, and unstuck peel-and-sticks, and into the light- gleaming hallways of oak and maple.

By talking to someone, you’ll also have a much better idea of what your specific project will cost you, and they may even have some incredible deals that no other retailer can touch. You just have to ask!

 

 Do It Yourself

DIY! DIY! There’s a reason why the DIY movement has gained such momentum over the past few years. The average homeowner is loving learning how to install fixtures, paint, and do whole house remodels. Yes it is a lot of hard work, but the pay off is worth it. Luckily, there are tons of resources out there and just know that you’re not alone in your endeavors. One website estimated that carpet installation and materials would be approximately 37% higher if you chose to have it installed rather than doing it yourself.* Let me reiterate. You may pay thirty seven percent more money to have someone else do it for you. And just as a head’s up, that ‘Free Installation’ that the big guys offered.. it’s not free. Not by a long shot. You’re paying for it whether you know it or not through mark-ups or special fees tacked on.

DIY not for you? It’s ok. Check out Home Advisor, Yelp and other websites that are dedicated to giving you non-biased reviews on handymen and companies in your area. You’ll find the help you need and you’re also helping to support local business- yay you!

Look for retailer brands

Let’s go back to that Supermarket comparison. When you go to the store, you may purchase the so-called “generic brands” to save a few cents here or there. But those cents add up and pretty soon, you’re living the store-brand life, and swimming in those extra coins, Scrooge McDuck Style.

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*Carpet Express does not condone diving head first into a cartoon pile of gold coins*

Take for example, The Showcase Collection available exclusively from Carpet Express. Same green certifications as the other brands, same amazing quality fibers, same color schemes. For some inspiration, check out some of the images below..

 

Let us know if these tips helped you in your quest for the perfect floor for less!

 

Click here to check out the Carpet Express Showcase Collection!

Whenever you’re ready, give us a call. We’re here to help. We are Carpet Express.

*Estimated DIY costs- http://www.diyornot.com/Project.aspx?ndx2=8&Rcd=22
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Mohawk’s Light Lab: A Guiding Force in Greener Carpet

You may already know that our hometown of Dalton, GA is often referred to as the “Carpet Capital of the world.”

What you may not know is the incredible leaps and bounds the carpet manufacturers like Mohawk and Shaw have made in recent years to limit their carbon footprint and seek sustainability. As such, flooring manufacturers are now working towards and achieving certifications from the International Living Future Institute’s Petal Challenge and Mohawk was the first to achieve it! Mohawk Carpet, a leading carpet and flooring manufacturer  (and basically our neighbor) has been at the forefront of the sustainability movement. Located just a hop, skip, and a jump away from the Dalton city center, Mohawk calls this their “Beacon of Sustainability.”

Tell us more!

The Light Lab is a 33,000 square foot mid-century modern building located in the hills of Dalton, GA. Continue reading

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Mannington: Sustainability in Action

Carpet Express is proud to offer flooring manufacturers like Shaw, Mohawk, Armstrong, and Mannington, all of whom have made outstanding commitments to sustainability. Mannington is a fourth-generation, family-owned company that believes in doing the right thing. When it comes to the environment, they believe that their actions speak louder than words. Below, you’ll see a few of the initiatives that Mannington has developed to promote ecological well-being and ensure they are at the forefront of responsible manufacturing.

Save the Honey Bees!!

We all KNOW how important honey bees are to everything in our day to day lives.  In 2009, Mannington began introducing bee colonies at their manufacturing plant in New Jersey. Since then, they have expanded the initiative to include another colony location at their Florida plant. Read more about their honey bee initiative here

Solar POWER

Harnessing the power of the sun! Mannington’s New Jersey facility is home to over 3,900 solar panels on 3.3 acres. This is one of the largest arrays of solar power in the flooring industry, and that’s just impressive. Check out more about their solar initiative here

Better Plants Partner

Along with Armstrong, Mohawk and Shaw Industries, Mannington is committed to reducing the energy intensity of their operations by 25% in 10 years through a program started by the US Department of Energy. As of today, they have achieved 18% energy improvement from baseline consumption. At this point, they are on target to reach their goals! To read more about the Better Plants partner initiative, check out energy.gov and here

Pesticides vs. Purple Martins

Now this is seriously incredible. No need for pesticides here! Using a migrating bird species to control pests, while ensuring the longevity of the species by providing a safe spot during migration. Seriously. Just smart stuff. Read more about the project here

Reuse (Dry Wall)

Mannington is proud to offer several types and styles of flooring that promote the reduce/reuse/recycle credo. One in particular is absolutely fascinating. Think about the amount of drywall that comes from renovation projects, new home construction, old home deconstruction and literally any place that has walls or used to have walls. That is SO MUCH potential waste filling up our landfills. Well, Mannington decided they wanted to help reduce that drywall-to-earth ratio by taking that would be trash and turning it into sustainable flooring. Products like the BioSpec RE resilient commercial flooring is made up by 20% post-consumer carpet as well as 15% post-consumer content. Click here to check out the BioSpec RE commercial flooring. Check out the video below from Mannington describing the idea and process behind this initiative!

Mannington has one of the largest portfolio of products with recycled content. What does this all mean for you and your next design project or remodel? Glad you asked- Carpet Express offers incredible deals on Mannington hardwood, laminate, and vinyl. We’re also just here to help if you need some info! Give us a call or stop by the showroom to check out some of Mannington’s products up-close and personal!

Mannington Keystone Oak in Bronze.

 

 

 

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