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Wood Floor Stores vs. Online Retailers

What should you look for when comparing hardwood flooring retailers? Is online always the best choice?
When updating your home with new wood floors, you’re probably looking for products with an elegant, yet durable design. However, you may also be looking for the best deal on your wood floors. So which factor should win out – style or price?
Depending on the type of wood and desired finish, the price for real wood floors can range from rather affordable to fairly expensive. So, if you are looking for the best value possible, your initial reaction may be to look online first. However, many customers find that doing business with a local store is often the best decision for both style and, yes, even price.

There are two important things to consider when selecting new floors: the flooring itself and the installation process. In this article, we’ll look at how a local store can help you identify the best quality at the best price for both.

You Can’t Beat Seeing Samples In-Person

When you shop with local wood floor stores (such as Universal Hardwood in Los Angeles), you will be able to select the floors in person. You can see the actual color of the floors, and you can pick up a sample to see how the flooring will look in your home.
Being able to see and feel the texture and grain of the wood is extremely important for making the right decision. When you shop with online stores, you generally do not have this luxury. In addition, local merchants are often more accessible to answer questions you may have about style, quality, durability, and pricing.

Local Store Owners Know the Best Installers

Sure, online stores can connect you with installers via their websites. But are you really getting a valuable recommendation? Or did the installer simply pay for advertising space on that merchant’s website?
In contrast, local wood floor stores typically have a hand-selected installation team who is ready to serve your needs. If contracted out to third party installers, local stores tend to partner with the best contractors who already have a proven track record.
As with any major investment in your home, it is best to explore all of your hardwood flooring options. It may be convenient to shop online, but you will enjoy better overall results when you make your purchase with a local store like Universal Hardwood Flooring.

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