The best place to buy carpeting is in a store with an extensive inventory, superior product knowledge, and excellent customer service. You'll often find this in a local store, rather than a big box or online chain (the latter wants you to choose something sight unseen).

At Glen Floors, we carry styles like Berber, shags, textures, patterned cut-piles, Saxony, and more from top brands like Couristan, Dixie Home, Pentz, and Godfrey Hirst, among others. Fibers include SmartStrand, EverStrand, Kashmere, Australian Wool, etc.

Following is more detail of what you should look for in a carpet store. Places should have:

1. A thorough needs analysis discussion: Thanks to modern technology, carpet manufacturers are constantly finding innovations to create kid, pet-friendly, hypoallergenic, and more sustainable versions.

The first thing any floor covering store should do is ask you about your needs, requirements, and the room in which it's to be installed. Questions should include the size of the family, whether or not you have pets, room use, and more.

Needs are unique to each person; the carpet you fell in love with at your neighbor’s home may not be the ideal choice for you.

2. The ability to a particular order: Many mistakenly think big-box chains have more extensive inventories, but that couldn't be farther from the truth. Their vendors limit them to show only the best sellers. So if you want something unique, chances are you'll find it in a local store, or they'll order it for you.

3. Employee training. Why does this affect you? Because their knowledge will become your knowledge. This includes both national and regional trends and the pros and cons of each product, the latter circling back to the needs analysis discussion.

4. Good rebate/discount programs. Again, big-box chains are limited by their vendors, while local stores can pretty much call their shots!

With over 80 years of experience, Glen Floors, a family-owned business, is the #1 premier source on Long Island's Gold Coast. Our showroom is in Glen Cove, NY, and we work with homeowners and businesses in Glen Head, Locust Valley, Mill Neck, Mill Neck, Old Westbury, Glenwood Landing, Brookville, Bayville, and Oyster Bay.