Tips for Buying New Floors

We know that choosing new floors can be a daunting task. There are so many different types, styles, designs and colors that it can be an overwhelming process. To help out, we’ve put together a few things to consider as you begin the search for new floors.

Determine budget

Determining your budget should be the very first thing you do when you begin the floor buying process. Not only will this help narrow down your list of potential floors, but it will also keep you from falling in love with something that is way out of your budget. Having a budget – and sticking to it – will help ensure you get the floors you want without breaking the bank. Be realistic when setting your budget, and remember that there are many different flooring options out there in all different price ranges.


Once you’ve set your budget, it’s time to research potential floors. You may have some idea about what type of floors you want, but be sure to investigate all your options. Pinterest and Houzz are great resources for gathering design inspiration. When you visit friends and family, take note of the floors they have in their homes. The more floors you see, the better an idea you’ll have of what types, styles and colors you like and what you may want in your own home. Make sure to consider how the floors will look in your home with your existing furniture, if they require any special maintenance, and whether or not they fit with your lifestyle. You may love the look of light-colored plush carpet, but if you have kids and pets, it may not be the ideal choice.

Narrow down your options

Once you’ve researched your options, it’s time to narrow things down. Pick two or three flooring materials and a few different colors as finalists. This is a great time to visit your local flooring store to see your choices in person. Here at Floor Coverings International, we bring the flooring store to your door, so you can see samples right in your own home. A flooring professional will be able to give you recommendations and guidance on different brands and styles, including hardwood floors, carpet, bamboo, green / eco-friendly, and tile.

As you begin this process, remember that your new floors should fit your budget, lifestyle, and give you the look you want in your home. While it may seem daunting at first, keep our tips in mind and you’re sure to find the right flooring for your home.

Hardwood Flooring Options for Any Budget

Hardwood is a super versatile flooring option with a variety of price points. Whether you’re trying to save or looking to splurge, here are a list of hardwoods that could work for your home.

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Pine is a bright, beautiful, and budget-friendly option for your home. Pine is classified as a softwood, not a hardwood. As the name suggests, pine isn’t quite as durable as other hardwood species, such as hickory and oak. However, it’s still a durable and visually appealing addition to any home. Pine could be the perfect way to add warmth and natural light to your home.

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Hickory Hardwood

Hickory hardwood is a classically beautiful and extremely durable option for your home. With warm, mid-toned shades and distinct grain patterns, hickory is a classically beautiful option for your home. It’s also an extremely durable hardwood, with a Janka rating of over 1800. Hickory is also one of the more affordable hardwood options.

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Maple is a stunning, sought-after hardwood option. The reddish hue of maple sets it apart from other hardwood options, lending a beautiful warmth to your home. Maple is less durable than hickory but more durable than pine, about on par with oak hardwood. Though maple grows across North America, this hardwood species is middling in price.

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Brazilian Walnut

Brazilian walnut is an extremely durable option for your home. Brazilian walnut spans a variety of shades, from mid-toned to rich, dark brown. It’s common to find Brazilian walnut hardwood floors with a warm reddish tint. While this wood isn’t cheap on its own, the hardness of Brazilian walnut – over 3000 on the Janka Hardness Scale – makes installation difficult and expensive, with special tools being required.

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Tigerwood is an exotic hardwood species found primarily in Western Africa and Brazil. This stunning hardwood is named after its distinct grain pattern and orange hue. The exotic origins and beautiful grain pattern of tigerwood make it one of the more expensive hardwood options for your home. This is a stunning and eye-catching hardwood option for homeowners who are willing to splurge.

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Karelian Birch Hardwood

Karelian birch hardwood is birch with a distinct, sought-after grain pattern. This grain pattern is what makes Karelian birch one of the most expensive hardwood species. This rare pattern only grows in a select amount of birch trees. For optimum coloring and pattern, the trees can only be harvested during winter. This limited supply only aids in driving prices up. The grain pattern of Karelian birch includes wave-like patterns and swirls, and subtle color differences that polish beautifully.

To learn more about other hardwood flooring options, give us a call or schedule a free in home consultation today.