Installing flooring or carpet in a new or existing property? Choosing the right type of flooring can be daunting. So many options are on the market, from timber to bamboo, to tiles and vinyl, and all at different price points.If you’ve ever has to assess flooring options and make a final selection, you’ll understand the importance of hooking up with a flooring expert.
A great flooring expert will guide you on the best flooring for the style and design of your space and budget. They’ll help you weight up carpet versus timber or other flooring products. They’ll also talk to you about installation and how to care for your new flooring.
In this article, we’ll outline the qualities to consider when choosing a flooring specialist, and share where to find the best in Canberra.
What makes a great flooring specialist?
Choosing a knowledgeable flooring specialist will take the stress away from what is ultimately an important and expensive decision. They’ll arm you with all the information you need to make the right choice.It can be helpful to keep the following in mind when choosing a flooring specialist.
- Range of products. You’ll want a flooring specialist who offers a wide range of products, including the latest and greatest. You may even want specialty products like eco-friendly flooring.
- Expert advice. An experienced flooring specialist will guide you towards the best possible solution for your space, in line with your style and budget. They’ll talk knowledgeably about the pros and cons of options.
- Quality of installation. Look for a company that uses reliable, experienced installers, and offers warranties on their work. Ask to see examples of completed flooring projects.
- Competitive pricing. Buying a floor is a major purchase. You’ll want to source competitive quotes to make sure you’re paying the best price.
- Reliable service. When renovating or building, delays cause frustration and can cost money. It’s therefore important to choose a flooring specialist that works to set deadlines.
The best flooring specialists in Canberra
Riotact’s editorial team has combed through 20 years of on-site comments to compile a list of the most recommended businesses according to you.
To be listed in our Best of Canberra series, each business needs to have consistently received positive feedback on Riotact and maintain a minimum average of 4/5 stars on both Google and Facebook reviews.
Creme is an independent family-owned business with decades of industry knowledge and expertise in residential and commercial carpet and flooring.
Creme offers a complete flooring service—initial help selecting products, flooring advice, and managing the installation process. They supply and install the best brands of wool, and synthetic carpet; vinyl plank, hybrid vinyl plank, engineered and solid timber, and laminate.
Expert advice is a hallmark of Creme’s service. Consultants use their extensive experience to help clients choose the right carpet and flooring for their taste, lifestyle and budget. Creme combines the latest in contemporary designs with the very best classical principles, for carpet and flooring that stands the test of time.
Working closely with reputable product suppliers, Creme works hard to ensure the right flooring, the right installer and quality client communications. Creme’s team has a wealth of experience across hard and soft flooring. Its highly skilled tradesmen provide stress-free service, and they have a firm commitment to ensuring customer satisfaction.
Creme began in Canberra in the 1990s and had a showroom in Weston Creek for over 10 years. Its premium flooring showroom displaying the very best products from the very best brands is now conveniently located in Phillip.
On Google, Paul Wright wrote: “We got hard and soft floorings from Creme and couldn’t be happier. Quality advice on the product range helped us to pick the right flooring types.”
Floor It Floor Coverings is a locally owned and operated family businesses, who have been servicing the regions flooring needs for years. Offering both supply and installation services they cover all manner of floor coverings.
Conveniently located in Fyshwick, the Floor It Floor Coverings showroom is home to a comprehensive range of quality products from all the leading manufacturers.
The team offers a curated selection of carpet, laminate, vinyl, and timber solutions to suit both residential and commercial environments.
Floor It Floor Coverings extensive range caters to the needs of all, including specialty products like eco-friendly and stain resistant options along with durable solutions for high traffic areas.
Services extend beyond the showroom floor and include measure, quote, and of course installation. All flooring products are expertly fitted in line with Australian standards for optimum quality assurance.
For a range of quality flooring products to suit every space look no further than Floor It Floor Coverings.
Sophie Mclean shared this glowing review on Google, “I've used Brent and Brendon from Floor It for several of our renovations and they are excellent. Fantastic service, beautiful quality, and good value. I highly recommend them.”
Chapman Floor Coverings provides high-quality flooring products, combined with solid advice and personal service. Main products include carpet, vinyl, hybrid, timber and cork floors. Chapman Floor Coverings sells luxury flooring products, hard-wearing and beautiful commercial floors, and comfortable and attractive options for family homes. Also, durable, affordable and easy-to-clean options for rental properties.
The team at Chapman Floor Coverings has 50 years’ experience in laying floors and takes pride in installing floors and carpet perfectly.
Carpets range from patterned Axminister, high-end to economical. Cork flooring options are available in traditional and new styles. Excellent vinyl and hybrid flooring products are durable and cost-effective. Sheet vinyl can be installed for commercial settings. Chapman Floor Coverings works primarily with engineered timber floors, with Australian and overseas timbers to choose from.
Free quotes are available.
Patrick Deschênes wrote on Google, “This company is beyond 5 stars … approximately 370sqm of work all done and dusted in just 4 days! The team was professional, courteous (affable) and meticulous.”
FloorWorld, with 37 locations across Australia and decades of experience, offers customers a wide range of products and customer-friendly service. The company handles flooring services for residential and commercial spaces, across all styles. The Canberra store is locally owned and operated. FloorWorld stocks in bulk to reduce prices. It provides free measure/quote services, and full warranties.
On Facebook, Sarah Amel D’Amico wrote, “Product was matched perfectly to our needs and the service was top notch.”
Choices Flooring staff have specialist training in interior design, and stores have virtual design interfaces to help visualise spaces. Choices Flooring sells luxury vinyl, timber, laminate, carpet, rugs and more. Installation services are exceptional. Choices Flooring’s service packages can include floor preparation, underlay and installation.
On Google, Bruce Paine wrote, “Great service and very happy with carpet now in place … Choices had a very professional approach and used a very skilled carpet layer for installation.”
Nu-lay Flooring Xtra – family owned and operated – is Canberra’s most established carpet shop. Its extensive range of flooring solutions includes bamboo flooring, eco flooring, corn carpets, cork and Godfrey Hurst carpets. Nu-lay Flooring Xtra also sells and installs blinds, rugs, Kardean vinyls and soft-touch carpets.
Helen Cygan wrote on Google, “We have just had two bedrooms carpeted and one sitting room laid with a spotted gum floating floor. Very happy … No marks on newly painted walls. Great job.”
If you’re looking for more information on renovating and building in Canberra, you might like our articles on the best tilers, the best carpenters, the best plasterers and the best painters Canberra has to offer. You might also be interested in the best kitchen renovators and the best bathroom renovators our region has to offer.
Your experience with flooring specialists in Canberra
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Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I hire a floor specialist?
While it’s possible to install flooring yourself, hiring a specialist ensures that installation is correct and in line with building regulations. Furthermore, having a professional install your flooring comes with a warranty you can fall back on if something goes wrong.
What are the most eco-friendly flooring materials?
Flooring materials sourced from fast-growing trees are environmentally friendly. This includes cork, bamboo and pinewood. Recycled concrete and linoleum are good options. Talk to your flooring specialist about eco-friendly flooring materials that look great and are long lasting.
Is underlay important when installing carpet?
Underlay is important. It helps absorb shock and prevents general wear-and-tear on your carpet. This prolongs its life. Underlay also dramatically improves sound and heat insulation, reducing noise and your energy bills.
What are the benefits of laminate flooring?
Laminate flooring is an attractive choice because it looks like real timber but is highly durable and easier to take care of. Protected by a tough external layer and resin coating, a laminate floor is much stronger and more scratch-resistant and impact-resistant than hardwood, vinyl, or carpet.
What is the most affordable flooring material?
Linoleum and vinyl floors are generally the most affordable options for flooring. Cork is too. It acts as a natural insulator and is environmentally friendly. Ceramic tile, on the other hand, can be expensive to install, but it’s durable and easy to maintain. Talk to your flooring specialist about options.