The lead time refers to the time between the submission of a flooring order until the product arrives. The lead time for custom-made carpet and other floors is commonly between four to six weeks. The lead time for some custom goods is more than eight weeks, especially if imported from overseas. Extended lead times can be caused by (1) perfecting digital layouts (for custom products), (2) a backlogged production schedule, and (3) a long shipping delay.
Flooring customers can avoid production delays by purchasing flooring which is held in inventory. The chances of selecting a stocking product increases if chosen from a QuickShip collection. Most manufacturers have a QuickShip line, which promises to maintain 10,000 to 25,000 square feet and to ship within five to ten days.