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Linoleum Flooring Buying Guide Where To Buy

Linoleum flooring materials are available for purchase locally and online. Remember, the decision of where to purchase your linoleum flooring product is almost as important as what type of linoleum you choose. Below are the advantages and disadvantages to purchasing your flooring at your local flooring store or from an online retailer. Avoid common shopping mishaps by referring to our recommendations below prior to purchase. Also, don't forget to print the Linoleum Buying Checklist, complete with helpful questions, to ensure that you've covered all the bases.

Local Retailer

Advantages

  • In–person service: Questions or issues about your linoleum flooring can be answered by a salesperson within the store.
  • See the product yourself: You can see the options for different types of linoleum floors, and take a sample home to determine whether a color or pattern will work with your décor.
  • Easy follow–up: Questions and comments about your new linoleum floors can be answered quickly by calling or visiting the store.
  • Project resource: You can return to your flooring retailer for specific cleaning products and advice in the future.
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Disadvantages

  • Selection: You may be able to find a wider selection of linoleum flooring options online.
  • Price: Online retailers may offer lower prices than your local flooring retailer.

Online Retailer

Advantages

  • Selection: View pictures of many different types of linoleum flooring and finishes.
  • Consumer reviews: Customer reviews may be posted regarding products and service.

Disadvantages

  • Warranty issues: If you encounter warranty issues, the resolution process for an online purchase can be more complicated than buying from your local 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 linoleum flooring product, when buying online this price often does not include extra fees such as shipping, delivery, labor, installation, 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 the weight of linoleum, 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 linoleum 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: Moldings and linoleum flooring adhesive may not be available through the same online retailer. You may end up at your local retailer for these products.
  • No affiliated installer: The online retailer is not likely to have a qualified installer available for you. If you utilize an online source for purchasing your flooring materials and a local resource for installation, there may be more difficulty in getting quality customer service and assistance when dealing with two separate businesses.
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