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 business and I no longer sell or install
Carpet or any flooring products...
is great news for homeowners! Now that I have officially
"Retired", my goal now is to teach you (all homeowners) the insider secrets
that I've learned for over 30 years!
have had the unique privilege of being "Included" on virtually all
the little-known and well-kept carpet industry secrets that they
don't want you to know!
father was a carpet mill representative for over 35 years, my brother and aunt
were also in the carpet business for many years too. My uncle owned a retail
carpet store for over 40 years. Can you imagine what it was like for me to sit
at the dining room table on holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter
Sunday dinners? All they talked about was Carpet Carpet Carpet! This
is why it was natural for me to get into the flooring business. It's amazing
how much you can learn at the dinner table!
Advice... Make sure your kids turn off
their cell phones, tables and other hand held devices while eating dinner with
started in 1977 at age 18 as an installer apprentice and after five years,
I ended up starting my own carpet / flooring sales and installation
business, eventually employing my two sons as they became teenagers. As you
might imagine, my family's many ties to the flooring business and my own
hands-on experiences has given me a very wide and unique knowledge and
experience that only a few possess. I am passionate about the flooring
business and my goal is to continue to be on top of the current carpet and
flooring scene. Have Carpet Questions? Just ask! Alan@AbcCarpets.com
you need to know about how to Buy New Carpet Like a Pro can be found on my website.
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Every Homeowner 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 all homeowners. Read on...
to Avoid Carpet Scams
Manufacturer's don't lose sleep if you choose the wrong grade of carpet, but
they will lose sleep if they don't make enough PROFIT to satisfy their
"You must first realize that
are solely and completely responsible for the quality or grade of
carpet and padding you select"
you do not choose your new carpet wisely and it wears out sooner than you
anticipate, you lose. If you try to make a warranty claim... they will simply deny
your warranty claim say
you purchased a product that was unable, or incapable of tolerating your
personal level of foot-traffic you have in your home. Now
you will need to buy new carpet again or live with the carpet you are unhappy with until
you can afford to buy new carpet again sometime in the future.
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?
Carpet you buy, it will wear out based on your level of foot traffic.
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 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 and feel great when they are new!
cheaply made carpets (made from Polyester and P.E.T. Polyester can quickly mat down and lose their shine,
they will quickly mat down in heavy 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 carpet manufacturer will simply deny your claim.
Specifications: The Key to Selecting the Right Grade of Carpet.
need to learn all about Carpet and Padding Specifications to be sure
choose wisely. The "Carpet Specs" 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. 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 you:
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)
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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. What can
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 REALLY Need?
Carpet Salespeople are not very accurate at measuring for carpet and that
could spell bad news for you. Why should they be accurate when adding
more materials to your order will only make them more money???? What you want
as a consumer is to get ACCURATE MEASURING, not too much and not too little.
The goldilocks scenario! Just Right!
Over-measuring or under-measuring can cost you time,
frustration and hundreds or even thousands in over-charging or delays. Greedy salespeople might try to
sell you more carpet than you actually need just to make more profit from the
sale. Inexperienced carpet salespeople might under-measure leaving your job
unable to be finished in time!
if they were to use my special Carpet Professor Tape Measure they would
be more accurate?!
measuring can easily add hundreds to the total cost of your carpet job.
You need to learn how to avoid this common carpet measuring scam!
Learn more: How
to Measure for Carpet Yourself!
Much Should You $$$
Spend on New Carpet?
is WAY more costly than most homeowners 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 $39 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.