Find a Flooring Supplier
So you need to find a commercial flooring supplier?
Commercial flooring installers have plenty of well-established commercial flooring manufacturers, wholesalers and suppliers to choose from. The manufacturers you work with can become a major competitive advantage with your customers, if you choose a manufacturer with a reputation for quality flooring materials.
What to consider when choosing a commercial flooring supplier
What to do before committing to a commercial flooring manufacturer?
1. Discuss the types of commercial projects you usually work on (i.e. offices, retail spaces) and ensure that the manufacturer has the right flooring supplies for your project.
2. Inquire about their expertise, reputation and how long they’ve been in business:
- Some commercial flooring suppliers have gone so far as to hire experts to improve the acoustics and ergonomics of their flooring product.
- The manufacturer’s quality and expertise could become a great selling point when marketing your installation services.
- Good flooring manufacturers will have a wealth of previous customers who should be able to provide testimonials and references.
3. Look for flooring distributors with rebates and comprehensive warranty programs:
- Ideally, you want a distributor who warrants that their flooring, in its manufactured condition: Will be free from defects in material and workmanship, including assembly, milling, dimension and grading floors? Will not delaminate or otherwise deteriorate in quality when properly installed and maintained?
- Check for obvious get-out clauses that may void the warranty.
4. Verify delivery and shipment details:
- See if local pickup is an option, depending on the location of your flooring supplier.
- Ask if they offer a Quick Ship program. This can mean the difference between completing your flooring installation project on time or running over.
- Don’t forget to ask about the details of their Quick Ship program: some flooring manufacturers offer very limited programs, and others offer a wider range with fast delivery.
5. Inquire about their flooring customization abilities:
- Whether your customers want simple, clean color gradations, or a high-definition, non-repeating pattern, you want a flooring supplier who can give you the materials you need to meet their needs.
6. Confirm whether they offer ADA-compliant flooring materials:
- Ask for certification to prove, if necessary.
7. Ask if they can provide useful guides that you can gift to your customers post-installation, with information on:
- Long-term flooring care, stain removal and cleaning
How to find a good commercial flooring manufacturer near me?
Explore Billd’s rich supplier directory to find a commercial flooring supplier in your area. Once you have found a list of suppliers that you think will sufficiently provide for your project, you can start to narrow the list based on product type. Reference the list of considerations above to help you vet commercial flooring suppliers and find the one that best suits the needs of your installation company.
What kind of commercial flooring materials do I need?
The types of commercial flooring needed will depend on the size, budget, and use-case of your project. For example, some projects, such as an office build, may want carpeting or tiles while a hospital may have more strict guidelines to abide by.
Examples of commonly needed commercial flooring include:
- Raw or Finished
- Sealed Flooring
- FSC Certified Hardwood
- Reclaimed Hardwood
- Sheet Vinyl
- Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT)
- Luxury Vinyl Plank (LVP)
- Vinyl Composition Tile (VCT)
Homogeneous Sheet (Hospital Standard)
Bio Flooring (Outdoors)
As a selling point with your customers, consider whether your commercial flooring materials have the following marketable features:
- Stain-resistant fibers to protect from spills, dirt, scratches and pet stains
- Noise-reducing or sound proof
- “Exclusive” finishes that make the floor look more attractive upon installation
- Dimensional stability (how wood swells/shrinks/moves in relation to moisture gain)
- Overall durability
- Balance between flexibility and rigidity
- Colour fastness
What methods of payment do commercial flooring suppliers accept?
Many flooring manufacturers are flexible and willing to work with installers on payment methods. Common commercial flooring payment options include:
- Supplier Terms – A commercial flooring supplier may be flexible and offer extended payment terms to their customers, from net-10 to net-30 or even net-45 days. The longer the term offered by the flooring manufacturer, the longer they give you to pay. This can help your cash flow, but flooring suppliers may not have the flexibility to accommodate long payment cycles on their own. Many times, they’ll charge higher prices for longer payment terms.
- Material Purchase Financing – An excellent option for contractors is to purchase commercial flooring using a material purchase financing solution. This unique type of financing is designed to mutually benefit both flooring contractors and flooring suppliers. It gives you, as the contractor, extended payment terms up to 120-days (far greater than the supplier could traditionally offer), giving you the ability to buy materials now and pay it back later. Billd is the ideal payment solution for your commercial flooring or project financing needs.
- Cash – Paying cash is always an available payment option for commercial flooring suppliers, but it depends greatly on the cash flow of your commercial flooring company. Some suppliers may offer some type of discount or incentive for paying for materials upfront.
- Line of Credit – Some commercial flooring suppliers offer a dedicated line of credit that allows contractors to gradually pay off what they owe over time, rather than paying the entire bill upfront. This may even be presented as a supplier-branded credit card, issued with credit approval through a major bank.
- Company Credit Cards – You have the option to use your business credit card to pay for your commercial flooring materials, but there are drawbacks. Credit cards typically have lower limits than lines of credit, and large flooring material purchases can quickly eat into a credit limit that is better saved for emergencies. There may also be an additional fee for using a credit card.