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©2021 Alan Fletcher  aka The Carpet Professor


I created this website to help educate homeowners about how to choose new Carpet wisely without getting victimized by unscrupulous carpet and flooring retailers. Homeowners need to know the truth about all the common Carpet Scams and Rip-offs. I have been online helping homeowners save money, avoid headaches and choose new carpet wisely for over 20 years, and no, I don't sell or install carpet or flooring anymore. Alan, can you help me find honest and reputable Carpet Stores Near Me?


Should I Buy Carpet from Home Depot, Costco, Empire Today or Lowe's?

Don't Fall For those Misleading TV Ads offering carpet and flooring at ridiculously low prices! Remember, If it sounds too good to be true...  Discover how to quickly spot common retail Carpet Scams and make wise Carpet Choices you will be happy with for years to come! Big Box Carpet Installation Specials Exposed


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Carpet Styles   Carpet Padding   Carpet Installation   Carpet Cost   Carpet Specifications



Do you have light foot-traffic in your home? Do you have heavy foot-traffic? The Carpet and Padding you choose must be able to tolerate your own unique level of foot traffic you have in your home or else your carpet will not last as long as you hope. For example, If you expect your new Carpet to last at least 10 years, but it actually wears out in just 5 years... Well, you lost 50% of your new carpet investment. You can avoid this problem by doing your carpet homework! Lucky for you, I have made it easy for you to learn your Carpet ABC's. 


To avoid common carpet problems like this and many other costly consumer mistakes, I suggest you start by taking my free Carpet Foot-Traffic Test. It will help you determine what grade of carpet you need for your home based on your own unique situation. Don't settle for a lesser-grade of carpet or it will wear out faster than you expect. Choose a carpet that is designed to tolerate your level of foot-traffic and it will last for as many years as you have planned.


Take your time and read through all my free articles, take my powerful Carpet Foot-Traffic Test, print out my free Carpet Durability Guide and just for fun, take my challenging and eye-opening Carpet Buying Quiz to see how much you really know about choosing new carpet wisely. 


Plan ahead with my free Carpet Installation Checklist to learn what key actions you need to do Before you purchase carpet and also After you have new Carpet installed in your home. Print out my free Carpet Shopping Form and my discount Coupon to potentially save up to $100 off the retail price for New Carpet at participating dealers. 


Learn more: Best & Worst Places to Buy New Carpet



Watch Out For Pushy Carpet Salespeople!

Many carpet retailers hire pushy salespeople who will say or do just about anything to get you to buy from them. Some of these sales people know very little about carpet. They are hired because they are good at closing the sale. That means they won't take NO for an answer. They will keep grinding on you to wear you down until you finally say YES, agree to buy and write them a check. If this has happened to you, it's likely you agreed to buy because you thought it was the only way to get them to LEAVE your home! 


Choosing the Right Carpet Fiber

Nylon is the most durable synthetic fiber available today. Beware of Carpet Retailers or Salespeople who recommend you buy carpet made from Polyester or P.E.T. Polyester and say it is "just as durable" as a carpet made from Nylon. Carpets made from Polyester tend to mat down very quickly in medium to heavy traffic applications, especially in main walkways, hallways and on stairs. 


Carpet made from Polyester may be a good choice for you, if cost is a major issue, or if you have a low foot-traffic application, or you have frequent pet accidents and/or you plan to move soon or plan to replace your carpet within 3 to 7 years. Learn about Carpet Fibers



More Carpet Information:

1. Everything you need to know about choosing and buying Carpet, Padding and Installation can be found on this website.

2. Visit my Carpet Q & A pages to read my answers to common carpet buying questions.

3. You can print out all my pages, analyze useful charts, print out several copies of my Free Carpet Shopping Form and my Discount Coupon that could save you up to $100 on new carpet.



Unfortunately, most homeowners...


1. Choose the Wrong Grade of Carpet... 

Because they chose the wrong grade of carpet for their needs!

2. Pay Too Much for Materials & Labor... 

Because they don't get and compare several bids or estimates!

3. Have their Carpet Installed improperly... 

Because they don't buy from a reputable flooring dealer!

4. Unknowingly Void their New Carpet Warranty... 

Because they don't read their new carpet warranty and maintain their new carpet properly!



Carpet ProfessorThe Carpet Professor Says...   


"It's your responsibility to choose new carpet and padding wisely. You should never rely solely on any one salesperson to make all your carpet and padding choices for you. If your new carpet does not perform as expected, you cannot go back and blame the salesperson for giving you bad or wrong advice. You must make your own choices, based on your own unique needs, goals and lifestyle, and budget."


Learn more: Carpet Specifications Explained


Some Carpet Salespeople Should NOT be Trusted

Many carpet salespeople lack sufficient "hands-on" carpet experience and/or don't have enough product knowledge to know what grade of carpet is able to meet YOUR needs, goals and lifestyle. You need to do your own research and NOT rely on any one salesperson to make you carpet and padding choices for you! Unfortunately there are also plenty of unscrupulous carpet salespeople who are hoping to overcharge you by using sneaky sales tactics, deceptive advertising gimmicks, bait & switch tricks and literally dozens of other common retail carpet scams! Read more: How to Avoid Costly Carpet Buying Mistakes



Measure for Carpet Yourself!

Many homeowners are overcharged for Carpet, Padding and Labor! If you get three carpet estimates from three different carpet dealers, I guarantee you will get three totally different estimates for the amount of material your home requires and the total cost to get the job done. 


Some salespeople over-measure intentionally while other salespeople over-measure because they are not well-trained at the art of carpet measuring. Many salespeople would rather order too much material than to not have enough material to complete the job. This means you could be paying for material and labor costs that are far above what is actually necessary. This over-measuring Rip-Off can easily cost you hundreds or thousands more than you should be paying.


Some homes are simple and easy to measure, while other home are very complex and require a well-trained salesperson to measure accurately! Measuring for carpet can be difficult and every carpet salesperson has their own unique methods for measuring. The hard part is determining which bid/estimate is the best price or which measurement is the most accurate! This is why you need to get several estimates. You need to compare several bids side by side. Then you can start asking key questions like:

  • Why is one estimate so much higher or lower than another? 

  • Which salesperson has the most accurate measurements? 

  • Who will be held responsible if there is not enough material to complete the job?

  • Where will the carpet seams be located?


Also ask the salesperson for:

  • A diagram of the carpet layout showing seam locations and amount of material required.

  • A cost breakdown showing the price of carpet separate from the cost of pad & installation.

Not sure if the salesperson's estimate bid or measurements are correct? Learn How to Measure for Carpet Yourself!


Carpet Measuring Scams

Unscrupulous carpet salespeople may also intentionally over-measure your home just to increase their profits. A sly salesperson can easily cheat you out of your hard earned money using any number of different carpet measuring scams. Best places to shop for new carpet?



Some Salespeople Lack Measuring Experience

It can take several years to learn how to properly measure for carpet. Salespeople who are new to the carpet business may not be very good at measuring. Their biggest fear is not ordering enough material to finish the job, so to prevent this, they might add an extra 10, 20, 30 or more yards of carpet "just to make sure" they have enough material to complete the job. This can easily cost you hundreds! For example, Let's say you are spending $30 per yard for carpet, pad and installation... Ordering just 10 extra yards more than you require will cost you $300 plus tax. Ouch! There are steps you can take to make sure you are not a victim of a carpet measuring rip-off.



Carpet Prices - Revise Your Carpet Budget

Carpet is more expensive then most homeowners realize. When you finally add up all the costs for materials and labor it can easily give you a severe case of sticker shock.  Don't settle for an inferior quality carpet. It's not a good idea to select new carpet based on how much money you have to spend on the project right now, as it almost always ends in frustration. 


If you find that you can't afford the carpet of your dreams, either wait till you have more money, or do your carpet project in two or more stages, but never sacrifice quality and settle for a lower grade of carpet!


Choosing the Right Grade of Carpet is not as easy as most folks think. It's not like it was 30 or 40 years ago when choices were very limited and most carpets were manufactured quite well. Today there are thousands of different grades, styles and quality levels to choose from. This makes it very difficult for most homeowners to make wise choices. Choose the wrong grade of carpet and padding and your carpet may wear out way faster than you expect. 


Some Carpets are only designed to last for just a couple years before they start to wear out... but some carpets are made so well, they can easily last 20 years or more! What is the difference you ask? Why do some Carpets last longer than others? It all depends on the materials they use to manufacture the carpet!

Most important is choosing the right carpet fiber for your needs and goals!

The main problem with selecting the right carpet is... You can't tell the difference just by looking at new Carpet samples or just by feeling the carpet surface pile with your hand. All carpets look and feel fabulous when they are new! Everyone wants to buy a carpet that is soft and luxurious, but just because a carpet feels soft does not mean it's durable or able to tolerate YOUR level of foot traffic. 



Don't choose a carpet just because you love the color! 

If you want a carpet that will last a long time, you need to select a carpet made from the most durable materials! You need to understand what makes one carpet more durable than another. Carpet Specifications are the key to your success! 




Carpet ProfessorThe Carpet Professor Says...


There are Five (5) "Key Carpet Specifications" you need to consider carefully.

  1. Fiber Type - Nylon, Polyester, Olefin, Sorona, P.E.T, and Wool are most common. 

  2. Pile Height - Measure of the pile height from the backing, usually ranging 1/4" to over an inch 

  3. Tuft Twist - Strands of Fiber are grouped together and twisted while heated to form a tuft.  The number of twists per "lineal inch" is the Tuft Twist Rating. 

  4. Face-Weight - The weight of the surface fiber, also called the "Pile". Does not include the weight of the backing.

  5. Pile Density - A number ranging from 1000 to 6000 to define how dense the carpet pile is; a mathematical formula based on the pile height and face-weight.


Learn More: Carpet Manufacturing Specifications Explained



Carpet Padding Specifications

It's very important for you to choose the correct carpet padding for your home. Don't allow the salesperson to make the choice for you. Do your carpet padding homework if you want to save the most money possible and get the correct padding for the carpet you have selected. Every carpet manufacturer has padding requirements to keep your warranty in-force. You can always call the carpet manufacturer to learn what pad you need to use.


Some carpet pads offer excellent support for your carpet and are reasonable priced, while others are not so great and are way over-priced. It's real easy to select the wrong type or quality of padding, or be swayed by an inexperienced carpet salesperson to spend much more than is necessary for a "specialty" padding, or a padding that cannot meet your needs and goals. Beware of high-priced or unnecessary Carpet Padding Upgrades! Read more about Choosing the Right Carpet Pad and Carpet Padding Specifications.


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