Homeowner, It is important that you buy the right flooring product.
If you want to learn
from an expert, I can help you. First, forget everything you think you already
know about carpet and flooring. Next, read everything I have posted on my
website. If you have any questions, feel free to email me.
I am not able to suggest a particular carpet for you, but if you are unclear
about what carpet to select, my free carpet foot traffic test will help you
let me tell you a little bit about myself so you can understand why I am here
to help you make wise and informed carpet buying choices.
I am a third generation Carpet and flooring expert and a
well known and trusted consumer
advocate since 1998.
in 2006 after 30years in the Carpet business and
longer sell or install Carpet.
father was a WW2 Army veteran and after the war, he got a
job as a carpet salesperson at a local flooring company in Portland Oregon, (also
where he met my mother). Later my father landed a job as a carpet mill rep with
Berven Carpets of California and kept that job for over
My grandfather also sold carpet, but mainly area rugs and
My uncle George operated a local carpet store in Eugene, Oregon for
over 40 years.
My Brother and my
Aunt also worked in the carpet business for many years.
All throughout my life, carpet
and flooring was the main topic of discussion at the dinner table.
the age of 18 in 1977, I
was fortunate enough to be apprenticed and trained by several industry experts and master
flooring mechanics in all aspects of the carpet and flooring industry.
learned all about installing carpet and flooring products and how they perform
over time. This is the key to my information and advice I provide to my
readers! I now enjoy educating homeowners about how to choose new Carpet wisely by offering
my free Carpet buying information & advice.
my 30+ years in the Carpet and Flooring business, I became very alarmed at the large number of
dishonest Carpet and Flooring dealers I encountered. So many carpet store owners and
their hired salespeople were prone to lie, cheat and deceive homeowners just to "close" the sale.
They did not seem to care if the homeowner selected to right grade of carpet.
In 1998 finally decided that I wanted to do something to make a
began educating homeowners about how to choose new carpet wisely, how to save
the most money
and how to avoid getting ripped off.
My first book - "Carpet Buying Secrets Revealed" was published in 1998 and
was very well received. That's when I knew that homeowners were hungry for honest
Carpet buying information and advice. Now my Carpet Buying Guide has grown to
136 pages and is filled with the best and most up-to-date Carpet buying information that every homeowner needs to make wise and informed
Carpet buying choices.
Alan's career in the Carpet business:
began his career as a flooring installation apprentice in 1977 at a local flooring shop in
Milwaukie Oregon. After more than 5 years of learning the trade and working with three
master craftsman, Alan formed his own flooring sales and installation company in 1982.
1982 to 2006, Alan owned and operated a Carpet & Floor Covering sales & contracting business serving
both residential and commercial clients from Oregon,
Washington, Florida, Texas, Missouri, Arkansas and Tennessee.
wisdom and experience handed down from his father, a carpet mill
rep for over 35 years, Alan amassed extensive Carpet and Flooring product knowledge
far beyond the typical flooring installer. Alan also had the unique benefit from learning the tricks
of the trade from three master craftsman and then adding years of first-hand installation
practically every type of carpet and flooring product.
his extensive experience from selling and installing Carpet and Flooring in hundreds custom
homes, commercial properties, hospitals, retirement homes, institutional facilities and thousands of
apartment complexes for over three decades.
is also the author of The Complete Carpet Buying Guide, an ebook and is frequently called upon by industry professionals,
trade publications and local and national media professionals to comment and
respond to current carpet and floorcovering market trends.
retired from Carpet and Flooring sales and installations, Alan is the founder of the
AbcCarpets.com Carpet Information Network and enjoys helping homeowners through
his free Carpet Information Websites.
believes that every homeowner deserves free and complete access to accurate and
honest Carpet buying information. For this reason Alan has devoted over 15 years as a consumer
advocate and continues to provide free unbiased Carpet buying advice to
Trust Any Online "Homeowner Reviews" for Carpet Retailers,
Carpet Installers or Flooring Contractors.
friends, your relatives or your neighbors might be tempted to recommend a Carpet or
Flooring Dealer where they purchased from previously... but the truth is, most homeowners don't have
enough knowledge or experience to properly rate or "grade" a fair installation job from a
top-notch professional installation
job, or how to recognize an "Accurate carpet measure" from a carpet
In other words, most folks never really know if they have been scammed or ripped off.
Most homeowners never know if they
got a "fair price" from the carpet dealer or if their new Carpet was installed
you get a fair price on a good quality Carpet?
your home properly measured to limit the amount of waste?
you select a grade of carpet capable of withstanding your level of foot
traffic for the length of time you anticipate?
you select the correct grade and quality of padding?
the carpet installed properly according to the carpet manufacturers
you know what is required to keep your carpet warranty in force?
you know how to properly maintain your new carpet?
think it usually takes
about five years for most homeowners
to discover if they have made a poor carpet choice or received a poor quality
install. Good quality carpet that is poorly installed can easily lose half of
its intended lifespan. Select the wrong grade of carpet and it will surely
wear out long before you expect. Poor installation will also severely reduce
the lifespan of any carpet.
folks want at least 10 years of use from their new carpet. However, the five
year mark is when most homeowners typically realize that something is terribly
wrong and wonder why their new Carpet is not living up to the promises made by their
Carpet Salesperson. The carpet is wearing out,
matting down in the traffic lanes and on the stairs, it's looking dingy in the
main living areas. Now the homeowners suspect that they have been duped into buying a
low-quality carpet that was incapable of meeting
their long-term needs and goals. Perhaps they installed the wrong padding
or maybe the carpet installers did a poor job. It's really difficult to know
for sure what the problem is, who's at fault and how to proceed.
five years, the manufacturer's warranty has expired and is basically useless.
The Carpet installation warranty has long since expired, and now there is little or no recourse for the
homeowner whatsoever. A lot of money was spent hoping for at least 12 years of
beautiful carpet in the home and now after just five short years it's starting
to look like hell and needs to be replaced
sad part is, in the first three or four years, before they knew the truth,
they had already recommended their Carpet Retailer and Carpet Installer to
practically everyone they knew. They recommended the Carpet Dealer to their friends, relatives and
co-workers and likely posted several positive reviews on the internet that had been
thousands of unsuspecting homeowners. How many people might have followed your positive
reviews and purchased from the same dealer or hired the same carpet installers with similar "bad"
these reasons and many more is why I say:
is a major expense that must be taken very seriously. Homeowners need expert
advice from a trusted source. My hand-picked list of Preferred Carpet Dealers
must pass my own personal set of requirements before I recommend them to my
readers. They must also be locally owned, provide first-class customer service, offer
reasonable prices and use qualified installers.