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Alan Fletcher - Carpet Expert / Consumer Advocate - Retired after 30 years, do not sell or install carpet.

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How to Select Carpet to Meet Your Needs, Goals and Lifestyle...

There are literally thousands of different types and styles of carpet to choose from, and it's overwhelming to all of us.  Just because a carpet looks great and feels nice to your hand or underfoot doesn't mean it is good quality or it is durable! More about Carpet Specifications


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Every homeowner has different needs, goals and expectations. You want your carpet to last a long time, look good for decades, resist stains, be in your price range and clean easily. That's hard to find these days without some serious help.



Buying New Carpet Is Confusing


Stainmaster Carpet Display You must be patient and take the time to learn about carpet before you buy. Why? Because some carpets are made poorly or with poor quality materials and can quickly appear worn-out and the pile can mat down, especially in main walkways and traffic lanes. What Carpet Style Should I Select?


Lower grade carpets can quickly develop flattened out paths or "trails" in common traffic lanes. Many carpets stain easily or will begin to look soiled or dingy within a few months and may be difficult or seemingly impossible to keep clean!

Don't base your decisions solely on the advice of any one carpet salesperson, as many are poorly trained, lack "hands-on" experience or may not have your best interests in mind. How To Select the Best Carpet Fiber?


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How to Choose Padding


Roll of Rebond Carpet PaddingChoosing the wrong padding can cut the life-span of your new carpet in HALF, and may quickly cause wrinkles to develop in your carpet and this will void the manufacturers warranty. 


You should not rely solely on any retail carpet salesperson to make the correct padding choice for you. They often don't know what is required or may try to sell you the most expensive item. Learn more: Selecting the Right Carpet Pad



The Secret to Quality Carpet Installation?


As many as four of five Carpet Installers are NOT properly trained or qualified to install your new carpet. Installing carpet requires using proper installation tools and procedures designed to keep your warranty in force. 


Is your carpet installer using a "Power Stretcher" to install your new carpet? This is absolutely critical! You must be sure to get qualified carpet installation. Why? Because carpet installed improperly can cause wrinkles to develop in less than a year! Wrinkles make your carpet wear out super fast and is very costly to repair! 


Let me show you how to be sure your new carpet is installed right the first time. Get this critical aspect wrong and you may quickly lose your total carpet investment. Learn the tricks to carpet installation: Carpet Installation Costs & Fees


How To Get The Best Price?


Don't pay more than you need to! Let me show you how to get a great price on the materials and labor. 


Finding a good deal on carpet, padding and installation is getting harder every day, and it all boils down to "who" you buy from, and the choices you make. 


There used to be hundreds of smaller high-quality carpet manufacturers. In the past 30 years many smaller carpet mills have been bought up by giant carpet mills like Mohawk and Shaw.


Large carpet manufacturers often do things to make buying carpet more confusing, more complicated and more expensive for homeowners who don't do their carpet homework.



Padding Manufacturers


The smaller padding companies are being bought out, and the bigger padding manufacturers are creating newfangled products to get consumers to dig deeper into their pockets for products they may not need. Rebond Carpet Padding Prices


They have odor eating pads, moisture barrier pads, anti-microbial pads, air-filtration pads and more. Upgrading to a costly carpet padding that they say will increase the length of your carpet warranty is also a potential scam you need to be wary of. Learn where NOT to Buy Carpet & Flooring.





Carpet Installation Costs


Big-box carpet retailers are well-known for adding extra charges to their "basic carpet Installation services".  If you are unaware, you might end up paying twice as much or more, as you were initially led to believe for carpet or flooring installation. 


They will charge you extra for every little service they perform in your home. Extra for removing your old carpet and padding; extra for tack strip; extra for stairs; extra for transitions and so on... 


This is especially true if you purchase your new carpet or flooring from Home Improvement stores like Lowe's and Home Depot and many other nationally advertised shop-at-home carpet retailers. 


Don't fall for those never-ending commercials on TV from national corporations like Empire Today and others... See which carpet dealers / retailers I Recommend Near You



A Peek Back In Time...


40 years ago... Carpet installers were called mechanics or craftsmen and were very well trained. The carpet installation profession was a highly regarded trade and was often handed-down from father to son.


Not anymore! You never know what level of training installers have today, if any! The question you need to ask is.. Are they qualified to install carpet or flooring in my home?  10 Questions To Ask Every Carpet Installer



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