Cover Story: Papakura Flooring Xtra
Floors With Flair
by Rebecca Glover
“We've never been busier,” says Richard Wickett, co-owner of the store with his wife Trish. “Thanks to the continuing support of the people of Papakura we’re going from strength to strength.”
Having local support means a lot to the Wicketts. Long established in the district and well known through their sporting contacts, they’re committed to Papakura and delighted to be part of the town’s progress.
While phenomenal housing growth continues around the district and helps to keep Flooring Xtra busy, Richard says the bulk of their work is in refurbishing existing homes, retail and commercial buildings. They’re happy to handle the big jobs, but as a family firm they’re equally happy to deal with small repairs.
“Worn patches, areas where there’s been water damage – often it’s not worth claiming on insurance. We have the experience and expertise to colour match to existing carpet and make your room look as good as new.”
Richard and Trish have been in the flooring game for more years than they care to remember.
Not only do Trish and Richard have a solid trade background, their team of layers have decades of experience between them to provide a full preparation and installation service.
“We’re able to provide guidance for the younger families now coming in to buy flooring. Often it will be for their first home and will have to withstand the rigours of children’s rough and tumble.
“Flooring Xtra brings to Papakura the benefit of a national network for choice and buying power. As part of New Zealand’s largest flooring retail brand with over 57 stores nationwide, customers have access to a huge choice of carpet and hard surface coverings at competitive prices.
“Our range of products is constantly expanding, and we’re always willing to discuss the best option for each individual situation.”
Trish and Richard have noticed changing trends in flooring.
“Hard flooring is no longer confined to kitchens and bathrooms, and carpet is becoming a popular choice for garages.
“Carpeting your garage with specialised indoor/outdoor carpet can transform it into anything from a playroom to party central. Garage carpet vacuums easily, it’s hardwearing, and when you drive your car on to it on a cold winter’s night you can step out on to a comfortable non-slip surface.”
The choice of hard flooring includes cork tiles, bamboo, laminates, timber, engineered wood, vinyl plank and the ever popular luxury looselay vinyl planks and tiles.
“We carry a large range of two metre wide vinyl at very good prices. Sheet vinyl comes in many different styles and patterns. You can get any look you like – rustic wood, concrete, textured, geometric patterns, even a leather look.
“You can choose carpet to tone in, or add some pizzazz with a rug. We have an outstanding selection of hand-made Furtex rugs available with a luxurious feel and beautiful patterns, and pillows and throws too. Browse through the range on www. flooringxtra.co.nz and if we don’t have it in stock, we’ll get it.”
If carpet is your caper, Flooring Xtra Papakura has plenty to choose from, and Richard, Trish, Glenn or Sharon can guide you through the process with their extensive knowledge from years in the flooring business.
“Traditional wool carpet offers so much choice in texture and feel. It’s a natural product, hypoallergenic, fire resistant and ecofriendly right down to its jute backing - it can end its life in your garden as mulch.
“We stock all leading brands: Cavalier, including the exclusive Bremworth collection, Norman Ellison, Godfrey Hirst and Feltex wool carpets mostly made in New Zealand. Come in and view Victoria Carpets’ new exclusive loom collection range of wool carpets which are now in store.
“We also have a huge range of synthetic and solution dyed nylon carpets which are cost effective and wear exceptionally well, suitable for families, flats or commercial applications. The Irvine premium range of solution dyed nylon carpets is extremely durable. They’re practically indestructible, with a stain and fade proof warranty, and if you do have a stubborn stain it’s easily removed. They come in a wonderful palette of 32 colours. This is seriously tough carpet which looks and feels brilliant. If you are in store you can even walk on it along with other samples in the showroom.”
You may be floored by the choice of coverings, but Trish and Richard are on hand with helpful advice. They encourage customers to take samples home to view with existing furnishings. The Flooring Xtra online tool Floorcaster enables people to experiment with different looks
in their own homes, and the Look Book is a product directory and inspiration guide available in store or to order online.
Whatever your final flooring decision, Flooring Xtra Papakura measure and quote for free.
Flooring Xtra Papakura can always offer a good deal, but there are ‘Xtra’ special savings to be had in the current catalogue specials ending on July 31st. Enquire about the 18 months’ interest free and deferred payment available with Q Card.
Free underlay is often available, including on selected ranges of Quick-Step laminate.
“Flooring can be a substantial investment in your home,” says Trish. “It’s our mission to help our customers find the best value for their money and choose a product they’ll be happy to walk on for a long time.”
Flooring Xtra Papakura
Phone: (09) 296 0340.
Address: 14 Elliot St, Papakura