|Originally Posted By Gator96:
I used to sell flooring for Lowe's and Empire was always the easiest to beat. They are extremely overpriced and their sales people are commission only, as are most sales people you will talk to in the independent flooring stores. Home Depot or Lowe's is going to be your best option typically because nobody else can match their price for the quality of product you get.
If you're looking at carpet, find a nylon with a high density/face weight, something in the 45oz/3000 range or greater. Stainmaster is a good product as well, we had that at Lowe's, I believe Home Depot has a comparable offering by a different name. The only drawback to Home Depot/Lowe's is the lead time if you choose a special order carpet. It will have to be shipped from the mill in Georgia and that typically takes 10-14 days, although there are exceptions. The other advantage of going through the bigger stores is that if there is a problem, there is a permanent store that is not going anywhere that you can go to and bitch if you have to in order to correct a problem. The independent stores have been known to not answer the phone or otherwise generally be unavailable if there is an issue with a seam or dye lot, etc.
That's my $.02 after almost a decade in the industry, hope it helps, if you have any further questions send me a PM and we can discuss the really interesting world of carpet
Great information thanks, I am going to stop by HD tonight with this info.