In a nutshell, the term “domestic flooring” means the product comes from a U.S. manufacturer. On the flip side, the term “international flooring” means the product is shipped from somewhere outside of the U.S. Over the past year, businesses the world over have faced some hefty obstacles with shipping issues. The strain touches every part of the structure, from the flooring manufacturers to interior designers to installers.
With all of that in mind, there truly has never been a better time to consider domestic flooring. It is cost effective, time effective, and quality assured.
Let’s talk about the price point. Of course, the cost varies from product to product depending on the material. For most international products, the price point is higher because of tariffs, taxes, and other imposed costs. Alternatively, domestic products are free of added expenses, which ultimately makes it the more budget-friendly of the two.
Time is money, agreed? Some might argue that timeliness is more important than the actual price point of a product. Regardless of what your priorities are, staying true to a time budget is equally as important as staying accountable to a financial one. Fortunately, domestic flooring products undoubtedly have an advantage as being more dependable than international products.
“Availability is hands down the biggest win for choosing domestic flooring,” explained flooring expert Jason Weeks. “Imagine if you run short on a project or perhaps there is significant damage in shipping. Or, what if the material gets stolen off of a job site?”
Aside from availability, Weeks said that projects are zooming along like never before. That makes shipping effectiveness even more important. “Scheduling now for commercial projects has become even more important now than ever before in my experience,” he said. “Jobs are going much faster.”
While we are always supportive of imported products, domestic flooring is what we recommend for projects that are large scale and short on time.
So, let’s talk about the top 10 domestic flooring products you should consider.
This marble look porcelain flooring boasts the capacity to bring both rustic and modern styles into a project. Whether it is blended with another product or used on its own, the quality of performance is undeniable.
As imitation wood products soar in popularity, it’s no surprise that this wood-look porcelain flooring is on our top 10 list. Made to emulate walnut wood, this product is large format and is also available in multiple shades for the perfect match.
This thru color rectified porcelain tile looks aged in the best of ways and comes in three color options. It also holds the ability to be mixed and matched to fit the style of a particular project. What’s more? It is made of 40% recycled content!
Inspired by the Egyptian Dynasty, this porcelain option conveys elegance at every edge. Natural bands of gold and white are split throughout the product for a perfect touch of class.
Marble look porcelain should always perform this well. For a bit of sophistication, this product goes a long way.
A great option for backsplashes, countertops, and islands can be found with this 2 cm porcelain product. With 14 colors to browse, the sky is absolutely the limit!
Simple yet sophisticated, this gorgeous porcelain line is stunning with its sea-inspired style and fossilized detail.
Modern design knows no bounds with this concrete look, porcelain product. Great for high traffic projects, it comes in multiple hues and sizes.
With a collection that offers both warm and cool colors, this concrete imitation product is a cut above the rest.
After installation, this stunning porcelain tile gives the feel of freshly poured concrete. Consider it an artful addition to any space.
At the end of the day, we want what is best for the clients we collaborate with. And, right now, what’s best is looking to more local manufacturers for surface solutions. Not only will this help support the economy, but it also comes with a slew of benefits to the customers. There’s more of a selection to choose from, the price points are more budget-friendly, and the timeliness is spot on.
Let’s talk about which domestic flooring option is right for your project. Get in touch with us today: 866-774-3390.