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Carpet Buying Q & A
By Alan J Fletcher - Carpet Expert and Consumer Advocate
I am looking to buy a Karastan Gaviota coast textured carpet for a large playroom, hallway and two bedrooms. There will be a lot of traffic in the playroom. It is a Stainmaster ultra life with Tactesse. It does not seem very dense, as I can see the matting when I separate the fibers. It does not tell the fiber density or number of twists. It's about $5 per sq. ft.
I really like the
color (It is flecked), but want the retention is more important to me. We have 8
children and pets. Could you please tell me if I should look at different
carpeting and if frieze would be a better selection for me?
I do not recommend the Tactesse fiber for you, you have too much foot traffic. I think you should go with a nylon frieze instead. A frieze carpet is tried and tested to be a durable long lasting carpet. Learn more about Carpet Styles
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I really need your help. I buying 80 yards of carpet for our beach house
-four bedrooms and the hall and stairs. The hall and stairs get heavy wear and
traffic. After much research I decided to purchase Berber nylon and was trying to decide
between a Lees carpet and another nylon Berber with Scotch guard until I read
your web site. Now I am wondering if Berber is the way to go or should I be
looking at textured plush or this commercial grade cut pile you refer to on your
Thanks so much for your response. We certainly do have children at our house when we rent or have guests. We have always bought Berber because we thought it was very tough and hid the stains and dirt well. Most of the nylon plush carpets I see are solid colors, which would seem to show all the stains in the lighter colors. We have an off-white nylon plush in our bedroom and it is difficult to keep clean. Is there any one brand that you would recommend that has speckled colors or just one that you know is very durable and stain resistant? What should I look for in nylon plush? Thanks again for you help. This carpet search is extremely confusing.
You are so right! Shopping for carpet is confusing. That's why I wrote the book about it. As far as selecting a carpet that will work for you, I suggest you shy away from the off-white carpets and go with something a little darker. I cannot suggest a style or color, that's your decision, but Mohawk carpets are where I would start looking.
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Your website is great...the information has been so helpful! We have just started carpet shopping and have brought home a couple of samples. Both are frieze carpets made of nylon. One says that it is 100% Continuous Heat-Set Nylon. The other is 100% WearOn;™ Nylon. What does this mean? Also, do you have an opinion on either of these brands: Milliken Carpets or Design Alliance? Also with respect to frieze carpets, does the pile length make a big difference for durability and wear? One has a longer pile (however we prefer the color of this one) and seems to show footprints more than the other.
Frieze is my favorite carpet. It has great twist and is made of nylon. You can't go wrong with a frieze. Heat set nylon just means they use heat to "set" the twist in the fiber, just like you might use heat to set the curls in your hairstyle. The other is a trademark by a company. It's kind of like Chevron's gasoline additive called "Techron™", nobody really knows exactly what it is...
Milliken is a well-known brand. I think you should stick with the well-known brands. My book would be a great help to you in your carpet search, selection, installation and purchase. Learn more about Frieze is my favorite carpet. It has great twist and is made of nylon. You can't go wrong with a frieze. Heat set nylon just means they use heat to "set" the twist in the fiber, just like you might use heat to set the curls in your hairstyle. The other is a trademark by a company.
It's kind of like Chevron's gasoline additive called "Techron™",
nobody really knows exactly what it is... Milliken is a well-known
brand. I think you should stick with the well-known brands. My book would be a great
help to you in
your carpet search, selection, installation and purchase.
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Thanks for the info and your prompt reply! After looking through some of
the paperwork, I just realized that the Design Alliance frieze I was asking
you about is made by Coronet/Beaulieu (label: 3M Scotchgard). Is that a
Yes, coronet, is a good company. They have been a leader in the carpet business for years. They have high-end and low-end carpets just like any other company. That doesn't mean that all their products are designed for your application. You need to consider all aspects of your carpet job: the carpet, the padding, and the installation. Only when you get all three selected and installed correctly will you have a winning combination. Combine all this with a fair price and you will have what I call success!
I have bad carpet stains from water flooding and it cannot be removed via professional steam cleaning. What carpet can I replace it with that is absolutely stain proof and cannot be stained again by water flooding. The carpet is in the basement, which is a full basement entertainment room.
There is no carpet made that is totally stain proof. I think that Sorona is the most stain resistant carpet fiber available today. It is also called Smartstrand by Mohawk. Learn more about
Can I "Haggle" with Carpet Dealers?
We are considering purchasing replacement carpet from a local reputable dealer. It will be about 160 yards of carpet. We are wondering how negotiable pricing is. The dealer has given us a price and we wonder if we should try to get some reduction in price. Is it common practice to "haggle" some with carpet dealers?
It is possible to negotiate with the dealer but it may not do you any good. A better idea would be to order my ebook and discover all the great ways that you can save by knowing exactly how to get the entire job done properly. It’s much more than just a good price on carpet. You must be concerned with a dozen other important areas like correct padding, installation, warranties, selection and so on. Only when you get it all done correctly will you be getting the best deal possible. For example, if you get a great price on your carpet and then have it installed improperly you will not be satisfied with the end result.
Do you know of any manufacturers that sell frieze carpet in something wider
than 12' width? We have a room layout that will not work with 12' width and we
are pulling our hair out trying to find something we like in a 13'6" or 15'
While the Saxony and frieze carpets you have mentioned are plenty durable for your needs, I always suggest that my clients buy the carpet they like. Don't settle for a Saxony when you really want a frieze (my favorite). A Frieze is inherently more expensive than a Saxony but will last longer. Learn about While the Saxony and frieze carpets you have mentioned are plenty durable for your needs, I always suggest that my clients buy the carpet they like.
Don't settle for a Saxony when you really want a frieze (my favorite). A Frieze is inherently more expensive than a Saxony but will last longer.
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I have learned so much about buying carpet by reading your web-site. What a wealth of information! My husband and I have pretty much made up our minds about the carpet we are going to purchase for our living room and hall. I thought that I would run it by you first, just to see if we had done our homework correctly.
We have two older children and no pets. We are looking at a Mohawk product called Bigelow Chateau. It is 100% Dupont Tactesse BCF nylon. Its face weight is 45 ounces. We will pay approx. $27/square yard. The pad that has been suggested is a rebond pad that is 8lb. for approx. $5/square yard. What do you think?
A good 6 pound, 7/16 inch, rebond should only be about $3.50 per yard (unless you live in Hawaii or Alaska). That will save you $2 per yard! I bet you will save at least a hundred bucks and be happier with the outcome. Thanks for the kind comments!
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