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How To Choose The Right Carpet for You

by Alan Fletcher - Carpet Expert and Consumer Advocate

 

What Homeowners Need To Know First...

I am glad to be able to provide free Carpet Buying Information for homeowners. I don't sell or install Carpet anymore, I've retired after 30-years in the carpet business and now enjoy helping homeowners learn how to make wise and informed Carpet buying choices. 

 

You need to know that there are literally dozens of common Carpet Scams and sneaky retailer Sales Gimmicks to watch out for. Make the wrong carpet choices and you can easily overpay by hundreds or more. Even worse is when your new carpet may not last as long as you hope. That's why it's so important that you take the time to learn how to choose new carpet wisely and then make sure you buy from an honest, reputable, and locally-owned Carpet Dealer. 

 

 

Honest Carpet Information for Homeowners

 

Let me bring you up to speed and teach you the Carpet buying secrets I've learned over the past 30 years that will help you save time & money on your next Carpet purchase. First, don't blindly trust anything you read on the internet because most of the Carpet Information I find posted online is either wrong, incomplete or misleading. Websites that sell carpet or who are affiliated with a carpet manufacturer will only tell you about the good qualities of their products and forget to mention any of the bad qualities that you really need to know about before you make your final choices!

 

Carpet Specifications.

Stainmaster DisplayHow well a Carpet is made plays a huge part in how long it can last and the materials used will determine its level of durability. Every carpet made has it's own unique set of manufacturing specifications that determine the capabilities of that carpet. Take a look at my special Carpet Durability Guide

 

Carpet Fibers. The most common carpet fibers today are Nylon, Olefin, Polyester, P.E.T., and Sorona. (aka Smartstrand) Each Carpet fiber has its own good and not-so-good qualities, traits and benefits. This is key information you need to know. Learn what you need to know about Carpet fibers

 

Carpet Durability. How long do you want your new carpet to last? This is a very important question you need to be able to answer before you can choose the right carpet for your home. Expect to spend more if you want your carpet to last longer. You need to determine your level of foot traffic so you can select the correct carpet grade or level of durability. 

 

Free Carpet Foot-Traffic Test. The real secret to choosing the right carpet for your home is to select a grade of carpet that is capable of meeting your needs, goals, and lifestyle. Take my free Carpet Foot Traffic Test to help determine What Grade of Carpet is designed to meet or exceed your needs and goals.

 

Carpet scams are everywhere and it's hard to avoid them! The easiest way to avoid becoming the victim of a scam is to buy from an honest and reputable flooring dealer. ]

 

I never recommend buying from a big box home improvement retailer like Lowe's and Home Depot or from a nationally advertised retail conglomerate like Empire Today or Costco. Find out why here

 

I have found homeowners typically get the best service from locally owned flooring dealers. I have gathered my own special list of flooring dealers that I prefer, maybe I have a carpet dealer near you who you can visit and get a free home measure and estimate.

 

No matter who you buy from, you need to make sure to choose your new carpet wisely, select the correct padding and have your carpet installed properly. In addition to all that, you need to make sure you get a fair and square price AND maintain your new carpet within the strict guidelines of the manufacturer's limited carpet warranty. 

 

 

Everyone wants to know about Stainmaster and Mohawk Smartstrand Carpet Prices and although these are just two of the many quality carpet brands on the market today, Stainmaster and Mohawk do a lot of national advertising and their carpet prices are typically a bit higher as a result of that. 

 

Lowe's now carries Stainmaster carpet and their prices are difficult to compare with locally owned carpet retailers because they use private labels to prevent you from comparison shopping. I have a list of over 60 carpet mill websites that you can contact. 

 

The main three carpet manufacturers today are Mohawk, Shaw and Beaulieu (pronounced Bowl-you). These big three have bought up most of the smaller carpet mills in recent years.

 

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Homeowners Be On Guard! There are plenty of unscrupulous Shop-at-home Carpet Retailers who are hoping for the chance to take advantage of you. Most of these advertise heavily on TV and offer special deals that sound too good to be true. Their goal is to scam you out of your hard-earned money by selling you a low-quality carpet at a high-quality price. They don't care if your new carpet meets your needs or goals, they only care about making as much profit as possible. They tend to hire pushy sales people who specialize in closing the deal in the comfort of your home! Learn more: http://homecarpetshopping.com/ 

 

Choosing New Carpet wisely and saving the most money possible requires that you learn a few important facts. So before you begin shopping for Carpet you need to learn a few things about how Carpet is made and a little bit about padding and installation too. I've posted dozens of web pages here for you to read and learn from, and it's all totally free. 

 

The Problem: It can be quite difficult for homeowners to tell the difference between a cheaply made carpet and a well-made carpet. You can't always tell just by looking at the carpet or by feeling the top surface of the carpet. You must have unfettered access to the four main Carpet Specifications to determine if the carpet has sufficient quality to meet your needs, goals and lifestyle. Read more about Carpet Fibers

 

Unfortunately, unscrupulous carpet retailers often remove, alter or hide Carpet Specifications so you don't have complete access to them. Without complete access to the carpet specifications you cannot determine if the carpet is capable of tolerating your level of foot traffic for the length of time you require. Read more about Carpet Comparison

 

 

Carpet Warranties... 

Based on what I've learned over the years, you should never choose a carpet based solely on the warranty. The "Wear Warranty" is not what you think it is, and I have never heard of anyone getting a carpet replaced based on the "Wear Warranty".  Sadly, except for the "manufacturing defect" warranty, I think that most new carpet warranties are practically worthless. 

 

Carpet Manufacturers know how to word them in such a way to make it nearly impossible for homeowners to substantiate a valid claim. And even if you do, they seldom replace the entire carpet, they usually replace only the affected areas only and just give you a small in-store credit that is pro-rated based on the age of the carpet. 

 

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Carpet Buying Q & A

 

Read Over 200 Common Carpet Questions & Answers

 

Page 1      Q & A - Over 200 Common Carpet Questions & Answers!

Page 2      How visible should Carpet Seams be?

Page 3      Can I "Haggle" with Carpet Retailers?

Page 4      Does fiber face-weight have any bearing on the quality of a Carpet?

Page 5      What's the best Carpet for high traffic areas?

Page 6      Should I buy Berber Carpet if I have pets?

Page 7      My Carpet is matting down, what should I do now?

Page 8      What do you think about Empire Today?

Page 9      How do I select a durable, long-lasting Carpet? 

Page 10    Should I buy Carpet from Home Depot or Lowe's?

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