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Universal Hardwood vs. Big-Box Retailers

Factors to Consider

With so many different species, finishes, and types of wood floors available, making the final decision of which will look best in your home or business can be difficult. Especially if you don’t have any help along the way. All too often, consumers get fooled by the deeply discounted prices offered by some of the big-box stores. Some shoppers get caught up in the satisfaction of “finding a great deal” and forget to consider the risk associated with buying from a big-box retailer, rather than a flooring specialist like Universal Hardwood. I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase, “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.” Typically, this is the case when it comes to hardwood flooring. Price is an important factor for most consumers, but it shouldn’t be the determining factor. Rather, consider the services offered by the company from which you intend to purchase. Do they offer expert design help? Can you try samples in your home before buying? Are they offering quality products? These are just a few important factors to consider when shopping for hardwood flooring. Keep reading for some insight on why hardwood megastores aren’t all they’re cracked up to be.

What You’ll Get at a Big-Box Store

Have you ever wandered through the flooring section at your local home improvement store? Unless you’re an expert do-it-yourselfer, the shelves upon shelves of hardwood options can be quite overwhelming. Solid hardwood or engineered? Unfinished or factory finished? Bamboo or Oak? Light or dark? And the list of questions filling your head goes on and on. So what are you to do with all these questions? You could get out your smartphone and do a little on-the-spot research. Or, you could ask the associate working in that section (and cross your fingers and hope that he/she knows hardwood flooring). The bottom line – customer service isn’t a priority at most big-box retailers. At stores like these, everything is left up to you. Don’t you want more for your investment? At Universal Hardwood, we think you deserve more.

What You’ll Get at Universal Hardwood

Why trust Universal Hardwood for your flooring needs? For starters, you’ll never have to experience the “cross your figners and hope” scenario as mentioned above. You’ll always deal with a NWFA certified flooring inspector and knowledgable staff who can recommend a custom flooring solution that meets your needs. Have questions along the way or want design advice? The team at Universal Hardwood will walk you through every step of the process. We’ll advise you on such things as color, style, and floor species to help you craft the perfect design. Already working with an interior designer? No problem – we work with designers every day! We even have an entire section of our website dedicated to offering free design tips for homeowners. At Universal, we think you should be able to see how a floor sample looks in your home before you purchase. Our free sample program gives prospective customers the ability to “test drive” flooring samples – taking the guesswork out of your decision.

The Universal Hardwood Difference

Why should you choose Universal Hardwood? It’s simple – our prices and customer service can’t be beat. We proudly stand behind our products and the workmanship. With over 2000 samples on display and over one million square feet of wood flooring and moulding in stock – you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for at a price that can’t (and won’t) be beat.

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