1. Floor & Decor
multiple locations; flooranddecor.com
Since its founding in 2000, Floor & Décor has taken the superstore model and applied it to a niche department, hard surface flooring. It’s been a winning game plan for the Atlanta-based company, which counts Fullerton, Fountain Valley, Santa Ana and Mission Viejo among its 166 warehouse-style outposts across the United States.
Inside Floor & Décor’s stores, and on ITS website, you’ll find a wealth of tile, stone, wood, laminate and vinyl surfaces, including eco-friendly options like bamboo.
If the options seem overwhelming, test drive a few different styles at home with the online visualizer tool. Just upload a photo of your space and add one of the flooring options to see how it looks in your room. Set up an account on Floor & Décor’s website to save items related to your projects.
For more guidance, you can schedule an appointment with a Floor & Décor designer to discuss your vision and options either at the store or via a virtual meeting. The designers can make recommendations based on your budget and needs, as well as give you a better understanding of the installation process. The design services are free.
For DIY folks, the company’s website offers tutorials for installing multiple flooring materials, as well as backsplashes. You’ll be able to find the materials and tools that you need at the store. If you need professional help, the store partners with Installation Made Easy.
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2. Colonial Carpet
7331 Garden Grove Blvd., Suite B, Garden Grove; 714-892-4495; colonialcarpetco.com
Family owned and operated for 67 years, Colonial Carpet is a longtime favorite of Orange County residents. “We offer good values,” says owner Rick Tessier of the company’s secret to success. “We follow up with customers and we listen to them.”
Colonial Carpet’s staff walks customers through the process from deciding which carpet or flooring will work best with your needs — are you looking for something that’s pet friendly? — through the installation. “We’re very patient because it’s kind of daunting to tear up your whole house and pick something new,” says Tessier.
Colonial Carpet representatives will come to your home, take the measurements, answer your questions and coordinate with their crew to make sure everything runs as smoothly as possible. Then, at the end, your point person will follow up to ensure that the job was done properly. “There’s no loss of continuity,” says Tessier. “You’re working with that same person from beginning to end.”
3. Michael’s Carpet
9005 Adams Ave., Huntington Beach; 714-962-6569; michaelscarpethb.com
Looking for an eco-friendly flooring option? Michael’s Carpet in Huntington Beach offers bamboo flooring, considered to be a sustainable alternative to hardwood, as well as cork, which is made from recycled materials.
Michael’s also works with a number of manufacturers who are employing more environmentally conscious practices. You can stop by family-owned Michael’s Carpet, which has been in business since 1984, to see what’s in store. However, you can also go to the shop’s website and schedule an at-home appointment, where an employee will go through samples with you. The team at Michael’s can also handle floor and carpet installations.
Michael’s Carpet also offers interior design consultations, free in-home estimates with product samples and financing options. Head over to its website to peruse the look book or read through helpful articles about types of carpet and flooring and the installation process as you make your next home improvement decision.