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Where to Buy Bamboo Flooring

The decision on where to buy bamboo flooring is an important one.Bamboo flooring material can be purchased at your local floor covering store or from an online flooring store. Below are some advantages and disadvantages for both online and local bamboo flooring retailers in regard to store policies, services offered, and customer service. Buying bamboo flooring is an investment in your home or business. To make your shopping decision easier, we have included a free Buying Checklist available in print friendly format for your convenience. This checklist includes questions you should ask a flooring professional prior to purchasing your bamboo floors to ensure that you've covered all the necessary considerations.

Refer to our recommendations below to avoid common bamboo floor shopping mishaps. Buying bamboo flooring from either a local brick and mortar store or from an online flooring dealer can be a great experience. As long as you are prepared and know the questions to ask before shopping, you shouldn't have any trouble making your bamboo floor buying decisions. Always remember the bamboo flooring professionals at FindAnyFloor.com® are here to help you when ever needed. Feel free to contact us anytime to answer any questions you still have.

Bamboo Buying Guide Sections

Buying from A Local Bamboo Flooring Retailer

A local bamboo flooring retailer is defined as a brick and mortar store or an installation professional that sells material. In some cases the local retailer may have an online store where you could buy the flooring but still get service from the local retailer. Search for a local bamboo floor store using the search directory at the top of this page.

Advantages

  • Personal service: You can visit or contact an individual directly.
  • See the product yourself: You can view different types of flooring available in person; see and feel the different textures, inspect quality, and take various samples home to see how they fit in with your environment and furnishings.
  • Easy follow–up: Any questions or concerns can be addressed in person.
  • Installation: Many retailers not only sell material but also offer installation services through in–house staff.
  • In–home measuring and estimating: This is one of the most important features offered by a flooring retailer. They will send someone to your home to confirm the amount of bamboo material needed. This helps prevent over/under ordering, costly delays to your project, and returns.

Disadvantages

  • Selection: You may need to visit several locations to view different products as a local retailer may only offer a limited selection.
  • Time: If the retailer needs to order additional material from their supplier, it could increase the time for your project.
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Buying from an Online Bamboo Flooring Retailer

An online bamboo flooring dealer is defined as a company that primarly does business over the internet. In some cases they may have traditional brick and mortar stores in local markets. To find qualified online bamboo flooring retailers, visit the online retailers section of this website located on the left hand menu under Flooring Info.

Advantages

  • Selection: When buying from an online bamboo flooring retailer, there's generally a wider assortment of bamboo flooring to choose from.
  • Consumer reviews: Read online reviews of different types of bamboo floors from site users before you shop.
  • Price: You may be able to get a lower price from an online retailer than your local floor covering retailer. In addition, it is easier to compare pricing online as you don't have to drive from store to store.
  • Convenient: Purchase flooring material from the comfort of your own home.

Disadvantages

  • Warranty issues: If you encounter warranty issues, the resolution process for an online purchase is more complicated than buying from your local bamboo flooring retailer. Instead of having a local flooring retailer to resolve your warranty issue, you are dealing with phone calls and emails to the online retailer, a process that can be lengthy and cause delays and changes to your installation.
  • Overall costs: Though you may be getting a better price on the bamboo product, when buying online this price often does not include extra fees including shipping, delivery, labor, installation, acclimation preparation, etc.
  • Restocking fee: If you receive the flooring and it just isn't what you thought it would be, sending it back often means incurring a restocking fee that could be up to 30% of the overall cost of your order.
  • Shipping costs: Due to weight, bamboo flooring is expensive to ship, and this could add significantly to the overall cost.
  • Out of stock/discontinued products: Many flooring websites keep an incomplete inventory, and you might find that the bamboo floors you have your heart set on may not actually be available for purchase.
  • No in–person service: From the purchase itself to any follow–up questions you may have, all business will be conducted over email or the phone.
  • Shipping errors: If a mistake on either party's behalf is made during shipping this could cause delays to your project.
  • Accessories: Trims, moldings, underlayments and adhesives may not be available through the same retailer and there may be additional charges to your order for shipping.
  • No affiliated installer: The online retailer isn't likely to have their own qualified installers in your area. If you utilize an online source for purchasing your flooring and a local resource for installation, there may be more difficulty in getting issues resolved when dealing with two separate businesses. It is a common occurrence when a problem arises on the job site that the installer will blame the retailer and the retailer will blame the installer. If they are not one in the same, how will you get your concerns resolved?
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