It’s a “weird time” to be in the home improvement industry, say Franklin County experts

FRANKLIN COUNTY – This is an extraordinary time in the home improvement industry, says Holly Clayton, a Swanton resident who has worked on the floors for almost three decades.

“You can’t get help. You have to beg, borrow or steal,” she said, laughing.

Clayton has had A1 Flooring in Swanton for the past seven years, and while her team has always been small, in recent months, it has been a challenge to find people willing to do the hard work.

In addition, disruption of the supply chain during the COVID-19 disaster resulted in delays in access to materials such as carpets and vinyl floors for comfort.

“She’s coming and going,” Clayton told the Apostle. “It’s a little better now, but a few months ago it was tough.”

Newton Decoration Center in St. Petersburg In Albans, owner John Newton got his paint, floor tiles and window treatments from various vendors to be key to the shortage.

“I deal with enough sellers and if I can’t find a product from one of the sellers, I can get another,” he told the Messenger.

Newton mingled with local young people to get the help he needed. He said he has five to seven high school students who help on a temporary basis.

As the ground begins to glow and the days lengthen, Clayton and Newton both see and promote business.

Newton said that as soon as schools went on holiday in April, he saw that people were starting to “think outside.” Can be called about the paint finishing the floors, and Claytonna found out that her schedule was making appointments.

Newton entered the home improvement business in 1987, when he responded to a grant he wanted to advertise for Acme Painting & amp; Glasses About ten years later, he and his wife Karla opened a beauty salon.

“I’ve been following him ever since,” he said.

Years after leading A1 Flooring, Clayton is ready to retire and will soon be transferring ownership to a new person. She will lose her loyal customer base and creative challenge to her work.

“Once you get on the floor, you can’t leave,” she said. “I tried… it’s fun. You’ll never get the same toilet pattern twice.”

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