Fletcher - aka "The Carpet Professor"
welcome to my website!
I retired from the carpet business
in 2006, but I still keep my finger on the
pulse of the carpet business and have a lot of industry contacts and resources
help keep me well informed and up-to-date about flooring products and the latest
have personally installed virtually every type of carpet and flooring products
and owned and operated successful sales and installation businesses for over
30 years. I am now retired and no longer sell or install any carpet or
flooring products. However, I do enjoy educating homeowners about how to
choose new carpet and flooring wisely and how to avoid Common
rip-offs and common consumer carpet-buying pitfalls.
me it all began when I was just 14 years old when I wanted to make a few bucks
and my father offered to pay me to do some work at his carpet showroom on
weekends. He had me sort through piles of carpet and padding samples, removing
discontinued samples, cleaning, vacuuming, organizing and doing whatever it
took to make his showroom neat and tidy. Little did I know then, but this was
the beginning of a 30+ years career for me.
spent most of my life in the Carpet and Floor Covering business, as did my father. My Uncle
owned a carpet store in Eugene, Oregon for
almost 40 years. My Aunt was a carpet mill rep serving Honolulu, Hawaii, and
my Brother also spent several years in the commercial carpet business in Portland, Oregon.
I also have two sons who are also successful in the flooring business.
father Don Fletcher was an old-school mill rep. Born in 1924, he worked over 35 years
with Berven Carpets, a company located in Fresno, California. I learned much about
construction and manufacturing aspects of the Carpet business from him. He was very passionate about the carpet business and was an incredible source of
carpet knowledge and insight.
along with amazing technical and creative support from my wife,
we have built several informative websites that provide free carpet and flooring
knowledge, advice and insight for homeowners nationwide. I think the one
key issue most homeowners need to consider is "Where NOT to Buy New
Carpet" Here is a key article worth reading about Should I buy
I make a difference?
in the early 1990's, I became alarmed at the number of
dishonest Carpet and Flooring Dealers I encountered. I found that many store owners and
their commissioned salespeople were willing to lie, deceive and cheat unsuspecting
homeowners just to "close" the sale and use many sneaky sales tactics
to increase profits. I also found that some carpet manufacturers were making
false claims about the durability of their products. I also seriously doubted
that their New Carpet Warranties
provided much, if any protection or recourse for dissatisfied consumers. Their
warranties are strategically worded (in difficult to understand legal terms)
in such a way that it makes it nearly impossible for most consumers to submit
a valid warranty claim. Sadly, I am convinced that it is still a major problem
for homeowners today.
1998 I decided I wanted to do something to make a
difference by educating homeowners about how to choose new carpet wisely, how to save
time and money
and how to avoid being ripped off or scammed by unscrupulous carpet retailers. It's
still possible to buy a carpet that will serve your needs and goals, but you
need to make sure you buy the right grade of carpet, and that means learning
all about Carpet Specifications.
My first booklet - "Carpet Buying Secrets Revealed" was first offered in 1998 and
was very well received. It was first mentioned in "Bottom Line Personal" a
national publication designed for savvy consumers with about a million
found my mailbox stuffed with letters from people from all walks of life who wanted to order my 28-page
booklet. That's when I discovered that homeowners were hungry for honest
Carpet buying information and advice. Since then, my Carpet Buying Guide
ebook has grown to
136 pages and is filled with the most comprehensive and up-to-date Carpet buying information
available that homeowners need in order to make wise and well-informed
Carpet buying choices.
How to Choose Berber Carpet Wisely
Before You Buy New Carpet Checklist
Preferred Carpet Dealer Directory
Carpet Installation Cost
How to Find a Qualified Carpet Installer
interviews and unbiased carpet buying advice have been published worldwide and featured in these