Homeowners Need To Know BEFORE Buying New
Alan Fletcher - 30-Year
Veteran of the Carpet Business, Consumer Advocate (aka)
The Carpet Professor.
The Best and Most Trusted Source of Free Unbiased Carpet Buying Information
for Consumers for over 18 years.
retired after 30+ years in the carpet business and no longer sell or install
Carpet or flooring products.
passion is helping homeowners choose new carpet wisely, save time and money, and
avoid common carpet scams and rip-offs.
Be very careful who's
advice you trust!
Most carpet information
posted on websites do not provide complete,
accurate or honest carpet buying information and advice! Everything you need
to know about buying new carpet is available totally free on this website.
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to find specific answers to your questions.
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 need to learn about before you buy
new carpet from any retail source. There are dozens of free articles posted on
my website. My ultimate goal is to help make sure you end up happy with your
carpet purchase for many years to come. Have a carpet question? Read through my Carpet
Q & A pages.
to Avoid Carpet Scams
the wrong grade of carpet and you stand to lose hundreds or even
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 3 years?
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. Take
my Free Carpet Foot-Traffic Test to see
what grade of carpet you might need to buy to meet your needs and goals.
It's not like it was
ago when there were limited styles and colors but all carpets were well-made
and able to last a long time. Today there are thousands
of different colors, textures, patterns,
grades and quality levels to choose from. Choose the wrong grade of carpet today
and you may end up having to replace it sooner than you think! What Grade of Carpet Should I Select?
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! Whatever
grade of Carpet you buy, it will eventually wear-out based mainly 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?
long your new carpet will last has absolutely nothing to do with the manufacturers
warranty limits 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!
Quality is Not Always Obvious...
specifications are the key to understanding carpet quality. A medium-grade of carpet may last
7 to 12 years in your home, however, a high-grade carpet may last up to 25 years,
all depending on the Amount
of Foot-Traffic you have in your home and how well you care for your carpet.
identifying a low-cost, cheaply-made carpet
might be obvious for most homeowners (costing less than $10 per yard), it can be very
hard for homeowners to tell the difference between a medium-grade
carpet (priced $15 to $25 per yard) from a higher-grade of carpet (costing $30 to $45 per
yard or more), just by
looking at the Carpet sample or just by feeling the surface fibers.
Look and Feel Great When New!
cheaply made carpets made from Polyester and P.E.T. Polyester are not very
durable or resilient and can quickly mat down
in medium to heavy foot traffic areas, hallways and stairs. Once this happens, there is
virtually nothing you can do to fix
rarely any warranty remedy to help you if you choose the
wrong grade of carpet for your application! If your home has heavy foot-traffic and you buy a grade of carpet not capable of tolerating heavy foot-traffic, your new carpet warranty will be
voided and you will have no recourse.
made from Nylon are generally more capable of tolerating heavy-traffic
applications. Nylon is the most durable and most resilient fiber on the market
today. There are many different grades of the Nylon Fiber and you need to learn
what they are and what it means to your own unique application.
is a fiber known by four different names.
Fiber, is made from DuPont's Sorona polymer.
SmartStrand® is also known as P.T.T.;
Triexta; or Sorona and is to some degree related to Polyester. In fact, I hear
it is manufactured on the same or similar machines as polyester.
the manufacturers of the Sorona® fiber may claim it is as or more durable than
Polyester, or P.E.T. Polyester, I believe Sorona® is much less durable than Nylon
and is more prone to matting and crushing of the pile. SmartStrand®
is often touted to be more stain resistant than Nylon, but from my own
experience, I think it may be more stain resistant than Nylon but only to a small
degree, if at all.
more about Carpet Fibers
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 the carpet.
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 easy to obtain accurate
to Choose the Correct Padding
(This is very important!)
Qualified and Experienced Installation - 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 only using approved methods!
Alan's Best Carpet
all maintenance and cleaning receipts - Read your warranty carefully!
all the manufacturer's warranty care and maintenance instructions to the letter!
Warranties - What You Need To Know
About Choosing Carpet?
through my website, it's free! Sitemap
my list of Recommended Carpet Dealers
your time choosing carpet and never buy from high-pressure salespeople.
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! Here is a list of unfortunate homeowners
who didn't do their
carpet homework and have lost thousands! Read about how to
avoid Costly Consumer
Carpet Buying Mistakes
To Avoid "Retailer" Carpet Scams!
are plenty of Carpet scams and rip-offs to watch out for. The best way to avoid scams is to
buy from a reputable carpet dealer. Read more about Carpet
Scams and how to avoid them.
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 Accurate Measuring.
Over-measuring will cost you money and under-measuring
will 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
sale. The more carpet material you need the more you pay for padding and
installation fees too.
salespeople can easily under-measure your needs making it impossible to finish
the job without having to order more carpet and make you wait another week or
two before the job is finally completed. Sometimes they can't order more of
the exact same carpet color (dye-lot) and then your carpet will not match.
About Carpet Salespeople
homes are simple or easy to measure because the rooms are simple and square. While other
homes have unusual shaped rooms with varied angles that can create more material waste. These
simple room oddities can be very difficult and time consuming for inexperienced salespeople to measure up
accurately. Inaccurate 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 which in some
cases may be a deliberate carpet-measuring scam to charge you more for
materials and labor!
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, then consider doing your project in stages. Don't 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. Use 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.