Wayne Winegar's son Alan and granddaughter Lauren represent two generations in the family-owned business.
The types of flooring available at Winegar & Sons Floorcovering in Kingsport are as extensive as the years of dedicated customer service the family-owned business has provided, making it one of the premier regional flooring suppliers for 31 years.
Wayne Winegar, a Kingsport native and the Winegar & Sons founder, has lived and worked through several decades of progressively changing floor trends since his career began as a carpet salesman in 1974.
Wayne said that, in the 1960s, the only type of flooring available had been high/low patterned scroll carpet which came in either green or gold. By the time the 1970s rolled around and he got his start in the industry, high/low shag carpeting was in style and "people started adding a lot of color on their floors at that time."
The 1980s saw a divergence to textured and plush carpets, popular in the colors corn flower blue and dusty rose. In 1983, Wayne and his wife, Daphine Winegar, opened their own floorcovering store.
By the 1990s, there was a significant shift from carpet to hard surfaces like hardwood, laminate and ceramic tile flooring, Wayne said. In 1995, when his sons Curtis and Alan Winegar joined the business - creating Winegar & Sons - the family flooring cooperative was already seeing past customers return for the removal of their carpets and installation of new hard flooring.
At the turn of the 21st century, resources expanded still further in the flooring market to include more hardwood and luxury vinyl tile and planks - these are the newest and most long-lasting kinds of flooring available today. Carpets are making a comeback too, Wayne said, only now they come in soft, silky luxurious brands.
In recent years, past customers have returned to Winegar & Sons for a third time, seeking the best product offered in the flooring industry for installation in their homes at the most reasonable price, and with the quality service they've come to expect.
"Folks are upgrading," Wayne explained. "It used to be all about price, [but] now people are looking for quality, better floors... for the last time."
"People are paying more and they expect and deserve more today, and they need to see us if that's what they're looking for," he added.
New (and returning) customers to Winegar & Sons will receive free estimates on all styles of flooring ( i.e. carpeting, pads, tile, laminates, hardwood, and planks) and that price includes everything from measuring, ordering, shipping and installation of flooring. There are never any hidden fees tacked on to the final payment.
The Winegar & Sons staff is eager and qualified to serve their customers with 150 years of hands-on experience combined between Wayne, Curtis and Alan Winegar, Neal Byington, and the installation team which includes Bill Coleman (carpet), Clyde Owens (carpet), James Ramey (vinyl), Terry Good (hardwood), and Randall Rose(tile).
Wayne's granddaughter, Lauren Winegar, is the newest addition to the staff and works in the store, making Winegar &Sons a proud third-generation business.
For Wayne Winegar, flooring is not only his life's work and family legacy, but a way to help others.
"I really like the opportunity to solve folks' problems and see the smile on their face when they get a nice job from us... It's satisfying."
Winegar & Sons is located at 521 Donelson Drive in Kingsport. They're open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. For more information, call 423-245-0549.