Information- For Homeowners
Alan Fletcher - A 30-Year
Veteran of the Carpet Business and Consumer Advocate
guaranteed to be your best source for free and unbiased carpet buying
information and free expert carpet buying advice. I
retired after 30+ years in the carpet business and I no longer sell or install
Carpet or any flooring products...
be a victim! I've been helping homeowners avoid common carpet scams and save
money on new carpet and flooring for over 18 years! Be very careful who's
opinion and advice you trust! Most carpet websites do not provide complete,
accurate or honest carpet buying information and advice! Buy the wrong grade
of carpet and you stand to lose hundreds or even thousands!
my Free Carpet Foot-Traffic Test
Savvy Homeowners need to Know...
makes one carpet More Durable than another?
main characteristic makes a carpet able to tolerate heavy foot-traffic?
makes one carpet able to resist stains better than another?
to avoid common Carpet Scams and Rip-Offs...
are just a few of the important things you should learn about before you buy
new carpet from any retail source. My ultimate goal is to make sure you are happy with your
carpet or flooring purchase for many years to come and this is a free service
I provide to homeowners. Have a carpet question? Read my Carpet
Q & A pages.
to Avoid Carpet Scams
the wrong grade carpet can cost you dearly! You might hope to buy carpet
that will last for 15 years. What will you do when it wears out in just 5
years? Take a little time to learn Your
Carpet ABC's before you begin shopping for new Carpet! Choosing
the right grade of Carpet is not as easy as most folks think.
It's not like it was 20
or 30 years
ago when all carpets were made quite well. Today there are thousands
of different colors, textures, patterns,
grades and quality levels to choose from. Choose the wrong carpet today
and I guarantee you will end up having to replace it sooner than you think! What Grade of Carpet Should I Select?
grade of Carpet you buy, it will eventually wear-out based on the level of foot
traffic you have in your home.
What level of foot traffic do you have? Low traffic, medium traffic, heavy traffic? Some Carpets are designed to last for
only 3 years... and
some are made to last 10 years. Some are designed to last 20 years or longer! How
long your new carpet will last has absolutely nothing to do with the manufacturers
warranty or wear rating. It all depends on the amount of foot traffic
you have in your home
verses the grade or quality level of carpet you select!
real problem is not clearly visible... While a simple low-cost, cheaply-made carpet
might be obvious to most folks (costing less than $10 per yard), it can be very
hard for most homeowners to tell the difference between a medium grade
about $15 to $25 per yard) from a higher grade carpet (costing $30 to $45 per
yard or more) just by
looking at the Carpet sample or by feeling the surface fibers with
your hand. One carpet may last 10 years in your home, the other may last 25 years,
all depending on
your foot traffic. (and also how well you care for your carpet. Check out my Carpet
All Carpets look great when they are new!
cheaply made carpets (made from Polyester and P.E.T. Polyester can quickly mat down
in heavy foot traffic areas, hallways and on stairs.
Once this happens, there is
virtually nothing anyone can do to fix
the problem. There is no warranty remedy to help you if you choose the
wrong grade of carpet.
The Key to Selecting the Right Grade of Carpet.
Learn all about Carpet and Padding Specifications to be sure
you choose wisely. The "manufacturing
specifications" are what allows you to determine the grade or
quality level of a carpet or padding. Carpets that are
made from low-quality materials will wear out faster than those that are made
using higher-quality materials. This is why you need full access to the
specifications of any carpet or padding you are considering.
Type - This is most important
- Learn more about
Height - 3/4" pile height or less
helps resist matting and crushing.
Twist- Less than 5 is considered poor, 6 is considered good. 7 or above is excellent
Weight - 35 to 65 ounces is considered
good for most residential carpets.
Density - The higher the number the
more durable, generally 1800 or more.
Learn more about Carpet
You need to be sure to...
the Right Grade of Carpet - Take my Free
Carpet Foot Traffic Test
your Home Accurately Measured... (It's not so easy to obtain accurate
to Choose the Correct Padding
(This is very important!)
Qualified and Experienced Installation - (Most installers are not properly
trained and lack experience) Carpet Installation
a fair & square price on the entire job - (Read
that... you must properly maintain your new carpet by:
frequently with a good quality vacuum - Learn about best Carpet
cleaning every other year by a Certified
clean as necessary using approved methods!
Alan's Best Carpet
all maintenance and cleaning receipts - Read your warranty carefully!
all the manufacturer's care and maintenance instructions to the letter!
Warranties - What You Need To Know
About Choosing Carpet?
through my website, it's free! Sitemap
me questions via email, email@example.com
my list of Recommended Carpet Dealers here
your time choosing and don't buy from high-pressure salespeople.
ordering my Carpet Buying Guide eBook. Learn More
What Grade of Carpet Should I Select?
to Select The Right Carpet and More...
Many homeowners choose their carpet based
on color, look, feel and price. However, there are many other important factors that need to be taken
into consideration. From start to finish you must make all the right
decisions to be successful and satisfied with the final outcome. Choosing
the right Carpet, the correct padding, getting qualified installation and a
reasonable price is just the tip of the iceberg! Learn more about Carpet
NOT to Buy New Carpet
you buy carpet is a major factor because not all carpet retailers have your
best interests in mind, and some carpet retailers should be avoided at all costs!
Never be pressured by any salesperson into buying right now! Take your time,
take some samples home for a few days and make wise and informed choices!
new carpet wisely starts with knowing
how to select the right grade of carpet for your home! The last thing you want
to do is buy the wrong grade of carpet and have it wear out in a hurry.
are many other key factors for you to consider too including - Selecting the correct
obtaining qualified installation; and getting a good price! Learn more about
Best & Worst Places to Buy
Buying Mistakes / Common Carpet Complaints...
is a list of common carpet complaints from homeowners who bought new carpet and why
they were unhappy with their carpet purchase. My
years of experience and ongoing research has revealed that fewer than 14% of consumers
make ALL the right Carpet choices from start to finish. The other 86% either spend too much, choose the wrong
materials, end up with installation problems or unhappy in some way with their
Carpet Buying Experience.
go wrong you might ask? Plenty! These unfortunate homeowners didn't do their
carpet homework and have lost thousands! Read more about how to
avoid Costly Carpet Buying Mistakes
To Avoid "Retailer" Carpet Scams!
are lots of Carpet scams to watch out for. The best way to avoid scams is to
buy from a reputable carpet dealer. Stainmaster carpet prices, Smartstrand carpet cost, Best Carpet for pets, Best carpet for kids, compare carpet, How
to buy carpet, Best Carpet for basements, Read more about Carpet
Much Carpet Do You Actually Need?
many Carpet Salespeople are not proficient at measuring for carpet and that
could spell bad news for you. It's easier for them to just add on a few
extra yards of carpet to the estimate and not have worry about ordering too
little material to do the job.
Why should they
take the time and effort to be spot-on accurate when adding a few extra yards
of carpet and padding to your order will only increase their profits?
need an Accurate Measuring, that means not too much material and not too little.
Over-measuring will cost you and under-measuring can cost you time,
frustration and job completion delays.
Greedy salespeople might
deliberately try to
sell you more carpet than you actually need just to make more commissions from the
salespeople might under-measure your needs making it impossible to finish
the job without having to order more carpet and make you wait another week or
more before the job is finally completed.
homes are simple or easy to measure because the rooms are square and there are
not a lot of weird angles or strangely shaped rooms or stairways. While other
homes have lots of unusual shaped rooms and unusual angles that create more
waste. These oddities can very difficult and time consuming to measure up
accurately. Mis-measuring can easily add hundreds to the total cost of your carpet job.
You need to learn how to avoid this common carpet measuring problem or in some
cases a deliberate carpet measuring scam!
Learn more: How
to Measure for Carpet Yourself!
Much Should You $$$
Spend on New Carpet?
you are just starting your journey to buy new carpet, you are going to find
is more costly than you might expect. There are so many different
factors to consider. Installation is almost always more costly than you might
imagine. There are 3 questions you need to answer...
What grade of carpet do you require for your home?
How long do you want your new carpet to last?
How much money do you have to spend on this project?
are no shortcuts and no specials to help you alter any of these three
parameters. Don't fall for those home improvement store specials that
advertise free or whole-house discounted carpet installation. If you do not
have enough money, the you need to do your project in stages. Do not lower the
carpet quality to meet your budget limitations. If funds are tight,
either wait until you have more money or replace your carpet in two or more
stages, for example: Do the downstairs this year and then do the
upstairs areas next year.
Beware of Nationally Advertised Carpet Scams!
nationally advertised Carpet specials you
see on TV are rarely as good as they appear to be. Don't fall for those offers to sell you
three rooms of carpet for the price of just one room until you get a chance to
read all the fine print. You don't need to buy from any dealer who advertises in
this fashion. I think you can get a better deal from a local,
family run dealer that has your best interests in mind!
never recommend buying from any nationally advertised carpet retailer.
You would be amazed at the number of horror stories I've heard from
unsuspecting homeowners since I started my website back in 2000. If the deal
sounds too good to be true, then carefully read all the fine print. Home
Depot & Lowe's Carpet Installation
pay for your carpet in-full upfront!
is customary for reputable carpet dealers to ask that you pay up to 50% of the
estimate upfront for your carpet, pad and installation. You will be asked to pay the balance-due upon competition and upon your complete satisfaction of a
job well-done. Never pay the balance due until you are completely
satisfied.. You should always do
a walk-through with the installer to inspect the job before he leaves your home. Take
a look at my free Carpet Installation Inspection Checklist.
pay a fee to have a salesperson measure your home, and never never buy from
pushy salespeople who pressure you to buy right now or say the price is a
"Today Only Price". Never sign any contract until you have received and
reviewed at least three bids or estimates from several locally-owned carpet stores.
Take a look
at my Carpet and Pad Pricing
Chart to get a good idea about how much new carpet is going to cost you.