Free Carpet Information and Buying Guide
Alan Fletcher - 30 Yr Carpet Expert / Consumer Advocate - I do not sell carpet.
Unbiased Carpet Information
You can spend hours searching the internet for complete, honest and accurate carpet buying information or you can find it all right here.
Surfing the internet for more carpet information will just confuse and confound you even more and might even drive you crazy.
Read dozens of Free Carpet Articles to learn all about how to select and buy new carpet wisely.
How to Avoid Costly Mistakes
Too many homeowners are scammed or ripped-off when buying New Carpet because they don't know what they're doing and don't have easy unfettered access to all the performance details and manufacturing specifications about the carpet they are considering.
What's the underlying problem here? Why do so many consumers select the wrong grade of Carpet, pay way too much for padding and installation and end up unhappy with their new carpet?
It's because it can be very difficult for homeowners to obtain honest, accurate and complete carpet information.
You Need Sound Carpet Advice
Many homeowners make the costly mistake of trusting the advice of inexperienced or unscrupulous Carpet salespeople. That's a common mistake because many Carpet salespeople don't have sufficient carpet product knowledge or hands-on experience.
If you are in the market for new carpet, don't let any one Carpet salesperson make all your Carpet Choices for you. You need to make your own choices based on your unique personal needs, goals, lifestyle and budget.
Inexperienced Carpet Salespeople
Many Carpet salespeople have limited access to complete and accurate carpet information. Their limited carpet knowledge often comes from a manufacturer's brochure, the internet or an outdated carpet sales training video. Just because they work at a carpet store doesn't mean they know everything about the products they sell.
Many Carpet salespeople are hired due to their SALES EXPERIENCE, not because of their CARPET KNOWLEDGE. In order to get hired they just need to be good at closing the sale, but that doesn't mean they are good at helping you choose your new carpet wisely.
Carpet salespeople may say or do whatever it takes to convince you to buy their products whether it is a good choice for you or not.
Carpet Manufacturers Limit Information
Manufacturers create flashy posters, banners, signs and displays to promote their new and improved product lines and they are quick to point out all the positive benefits and good qualities about their products.
But they often fail to mention the negative aspects or bad qualities about their products. That means you have to do your homework. Don't think that their brochure provides all the information you need.
Carpet manufacturers are only in business to make money and everything they say and do is to increase their profits.
Here's a Trick Question
If you were thinking about buying a new automobile and wanted to know if you were making a good choice, who do you think could offer the most honest and complete information about the vehicle in question?
A. The Auto Manufacturer?
B. The Auto Salesperson?
C. The Auto Mechanic?
The Same Rules Apply When Choosing New Carpet.
So when buying new CARPET, you want the wisdom and advice of someone who has had many years of "hands-on" experience with the type of carpet you want to purchase.
You want someone who can tell you how well the carpet performs over time, how long it will last under certain applications similar to yours, if there are any common problems or consumer complaints and how to take proper care of your new carpet.
That person is The Mechanic. In carpet terms that is the same person as the Carpet Installer.
The Carpet Mechanic
I don't sell or install carpet anymore and I certainly don't manufacture it, but I have spent over 30+ years selling, installing, repairing, researching and learning virtually everything about carpet of all types, grades and styles. I know the carpet business inside and out, it's third generation family thing too.
I Have No Hidden Agenda
I know how carpets are made and I know how long they will last in a given situation. I've installed tens of thousands of yards of carpet and most other flooring products too.
I have worked with over 20 different carpet retailers over the years. I've witnessed just about every carpet sales gimmick, retail carpet scam, carpet measuring rip-off and every low-down sneaky carpet sales trick in the book.
This is why I am uniquely qualified to author the most popular and most valuable Carpet Buying Guide. I am the expert carpet mechanic who's opinion and advice you should trust!
Every type and style of carpet has its own positive qualities. However, it's the negative qualities of the carpet (they fail to tell you about) that consumers need to know about - in order to make wise and informed choices.
About The Polyester Fiber
Polyester is one of the softest fibers used to make carpets today. It has the most vibrant colors and it resists stains and cleans easily. That's what the manufacturer's brochure says and it's true.
Fact: Polyester carpets are best suited for low foot traffic applications.
What are the negative qualities of polyester carpets? In medium to heavy foot traffic applications, the pile mats down quickly in main walkways, stairs and hallways.
They don't mention that in their brochure and the untrained or unscrupulous carpet salesperson won't mention it to you either. Tell that to all the angry homeowners who email me with horror stories about their matted-down polyester carpets. Learn more about Carpet Fibers
In fact, many carpet salespeople today firmly believe that carpets made from POLYESTER are better than ever. This is not accurate. Polyester is still polyester and the fact is, it is not a resilient fiber.
Don't blindly trust any carpet product information derived from Carpet brochures, Carpet advertisements, carpet selling websites or commissioned Carpet salespeople.
Do your homework and learn how to make wise choices for yourself. You must be sure to buy a carpet that is designed to meet your needs, goals and lifestyle.
You must choose the right grade of carpet and padding to meet your needs and goals. Just as important is making sure you buy from an honest and reputable carpet and flooring dealer. That's how to buy new carpet like a pro! See who I recommend near you.