Buying from Hardwood Flooring Stores vs. Home Improvement Stores

hardwood floor store vs home improvement store

You’ve made the decision to purchase hardwood floors, now the question is… do you purchase the hardwood floors from a hardwood flooring store or a home improvement store? We’ll give you a few convincing reasons why a hardwood flooring store is your absolute best bet.

Specialized Knowledge

Workers at a hardwood flooring store are a lot more equipped with knowledge of hardwood floors over a home improvement worker who must have knowledge of hardwood floors, refrigerators, barbecues, and many other topics. They do not specialize in the industry so their knowledge may be limited.

Hardwood flooring store workers have the ability to educate you on details such as types of wood to consider based on your home décor, attention to climate, design, and installation. They will also spend more 1-on-1 time with you and will not be in a hurry as a home improvement worker might be who may be responsible for inventory checks, cashiering, etc.


Hardwood flooring installation is very important if you want your hardwood floors to last. Hardwood flooring stores are often work with licensed and certified professional installers saving you the headache of finding a reputable source on your own.

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Hardwood flooring stores will have a much wider selection of offerings to choose from. They also swap out their inventories with the latest styles and popular choices that are tailored to specific needs a lot more frequently than home improvement stores.

Home improvement stores typically carry hardwood floors they know they can sell in mass quantities, which is often lower quality flooring due to price constraints. However, the positive side to this is that you may be able to find discounted prices. The saying goes: “you get what you pay for.”


This is a big one. Some home improvement stores may offer enticing warranties to entice you into buying. Almost every hardwood-flooring store will offer excellent warranties for several years (possibly even lifetime), repair policies, and even money back guarantees.

Remember, you’re making a decision to invest in a product you want to last for quite awhile. It’s worth investing more time and money upfront so that you do not run into common problems down the road – costing you far more than what you had to pay upfront!