To Choose The Right Carpet for You
Fletcher - Carpet Expert and Consumer Advocate
Homeowners Need To Know First...
is a free Carpet buying information website for homeowners. I don't sell or install
Carpet anymore, I've retired after a long 30-year
career in the carpet business. Now I spend my days helping homeowners make
wise and informed Carpet & flooring choices.
are dozens of common Carpet Scams and sneaky retail Sales Gimmicks that homeowners need to watch out for.
That's why it's so important that you learn how to choose new carpet wisely and
only buy from an honest, reputable, and locally-owned Carpet Dealer.
Carpet Information for Homeowners
me bring you up to speed and teach you the Carpet buying secrets I've learned
over the years that will help you save time & money on your next Carpet
purchase. Don't blindly trust what you read elsewhere on the internet.
Most of the Carpet information I find online is either wrong, incomplete or misleading.
a Carpet is made plays a huge part in how long it can last and determines its
durability level. Every carpet made has it's own unique set of manufacturing
specifications that determine the capabilities of that carpet. The most
popular 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. The secret to choosing the right carpet
for your home is to select a grade of carpet that will meet your needs, goals,
long do you want your new carpet to last? This is a very important question
you need to answer before you can choose the right carpet for your home. You
also need to determine your level of foot traffic so you can select the
correct carpet durability.
scams are everywhere and it's hard to
avoid them! Even if you do, you still
need to choose your carpet wisely, select the right padding, have your carpet
installed properly, get a reasonable price AND maintain your carpet within the
strict guidelines of the manufacturer's carpet warranty. Unscrupulous
carpet retailers often sell defective or second grade materials and hire
unqualified carpet installers.
wants to know about Stainmaster and Smartstrand Carpet Prices and although
these are just two of the many quality carpet types on the market, 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
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Be On Guard! There are plenty of
unscrupulous Shop-at-home Carpet Retailers who are hoping for the
chance to take advantage of you. Some advertise heavily on TV. They want to
scam you out of your hard-earned money by selling you a low-quality carpet at
a high price. They don't care if your new carpet meets your needs or goals,
they care about making as much profit as possible.
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.
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
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
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My Take on the Subject...
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 manufacturers "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 whole carpet, they usually replace only the affected areas and
give you a small in-store credit that is pro-rated based on the age of the
Read more about the Cost
to Buy Carpet.
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