Free Carpet Information and Buying Guide
Alan Fletcher - Carpet Expert / Consumer Advocate - Retired after 30 years, do not sell or install carpet.
Home Improvement Carpet Scams?
Big Box Retailer Sales Gimmicks
Home improvement warehouses like Lowe's and Home Depot use private labels, they farm out their installations to other companies, they require payment upfront at the time of purchase, and they may even charge you a fee just to come out and measure up your home.
Should you ever have a carpet problem, they may just tell you to contact the installation company or contact the carpet manufacturer directly. In many cases, if you have a problem, it can be difficult to find anyone willing to help you or accept responsibility for your problem or complaint. You could end up stuck with a carpet that you are unhappy with. Learn more: Should I Buy Carpet from Lowe's, Home Depot, Empire Today or Costco?
Smart Shoppers Can Save Hundreds
When buying new carpet, consumers usually get what they pay for as long as they buy from a reputable dealer. Inexpensive carpet & padding is poorly made and is not designed to last very long. But consumers often believe that the higher the cost, the longer a carpet will last. This is not always true The more you spend on carpet the higher your risk of being scammed. How much does Carpet Cost?
Selecting the Right Carpet Quality
The carpet samples you see at the carpet store will all look and feel great, but once installed in your home you will discover the truth. Some carpets mat down and look horrible within a year or two, depending on how they are constructed. Appearances are deceiving, you can’t tell if a carpet will last a long time just by looking at it. You need to know how to interpret the carpet specifications. This includes the carpet fiber type, tuft twist, pile height, pile density and face-weight. About Carpet Fibers
Carpet padding also has specifications that are important to consider. I can help you choose your next carpet and padding wisely. The Grade of Padding you select must MATCH the Grade of Carpet you select. If you buy a carpet designed to last 15 years, then you must buy a padding that is designed to last at least 15 years. The question is, how will you know what grade of carpet or padding you are buying? More about Carpet Pad
Where Not to Shop for Carpet
Depending on where you live, you may have limited choices as to where you can conveniently shop for new carpet for your home. In rural areas, there are usually fewer choices and you may need to drive to a more populated area to have more choices and better options. In larger cities there are plenty of carpet retailers to choose from, but not all carpet retailers are reasonably priced. Some cater to high end clientele, and those who have more money than sense.
Buying from the wrong retailer can cost you plenty. Read about homeowners who have fallen victim to costly carpet buying mistakes: Common Carpet Buying Pitfalls
Choose the Right Grade of Carpet
Take my free Carpet Foot Traffic Test to help determine What Grade of Carpet can meet your needs and goals. You can't choose new carpet wisely unless you select a carpet that is capable of withstanding your level of foot traffic. I have created a simple test you can take to help you determine your own level of foot traffic based on several critical variables.
Cost of New Carpet
homeowners experience some degree of "sticker shock" when they
discover how much new carpet is going to cost. You might need to save up more
money before you purchase new carpet or perhaps you might consider completing
your new carpet project in two or more stages. However, you should never settle
for a lesser grade of carpet that cannot handle your level of foot traffic!
How to Compare Carpets