Update on Flooring Industry and Product Supply

Published: March 12th, 2020

Most likely, you are well aware of the coronavirus outbreak. Not only is it a threat to human health, but now people are concerned about the supply of goods that come from China. We don’t want to add to the gloom and doom, but we do want to make people aware of how this might affect the flooring industry. On a positive note, we will also let you know there are many flooring products and options that won’t be affected.

China is a major supplier of many flooring products. In particular, all floating (click type) luxury vinyl is manufactured there. Factory slow downs in areas affected by the virus could threaten the supply chain of luxury vinyl. Once current inventory in the United States runs out, it’s possible that it may take time to restock. Of course, this all depends on the long-term effects of the virus. At this point, it’s anyone’s guess. Things may continue to get worse or we might soon see the light at the end of the tunnel – let’s hope!

Installing Flooring

With that said, it’s not like you need to rush and buy your flooring today if you are planning to update or remodel in the coming months. However, if you’ve been looking and already have a certain brand of flooring in mind, you might want to consider purchasing it sooner rather than later. Or at least check to learn where it’s made and if it will remain in stock if this outbreak continues.

If you have not yet started your floor shopping journey or you are still open to different options, here are a couple of things to know:

  1. Most carpet is made in the U.S.A. Only a few specialty carpets are made overseas. Therefore, if carpet is your preferred type of flooring, you need not worry!
  2. There are plenty of other flooring options made right here in the United States as well, including most glue-down luxury vinyl flooring. These offer many options for both tile and plank visuals.

So, you still have many flooring options, and you can support American-made products as well.

If you have questions on flooring and where it’s manufactured, please feel free to contact us. You can stop in the store or give us a call at 952-933-8944. We will be happy to help as best we can. Also, in case you haven’t heard this tip yet today – remember to wash your hands!