Choosing New Carpet
to my website! I'm Alan Fletcher, aka The Carpet
Professor, a 30-year veteran of the Carpet business. I am retired and no longer sell or
install flooring. My
mission is to help educate and inform homeowners about how to Choose
New Carpet Wisely, How to save the most money
possible and keep from becoming the Victim of a
at home for new flooring?
For those who dread the task of searching for a reputable flooring store, you’ll be delighted to learn about the
shop-at-home carpet and flooring services that may be available near you.
In-home consultations allow you to get your purchase right the first time with an expert helping hand, without ever having to leave the comfort of your home. Learn about the
four advantages of using
a shop-at-home service for your next carpet or flooring purchase.
Benefits of Shopping-at-Home
Receive the ultimate
in convenience with at-home services from
reputable locally-owned carpet and flooring stores.
Here are 4 advantages of
inviting the store to your home.
1. Unbeatable Convenience and Comfort.
Everyone enjoys convenience and comfort when it comes to home improvement projects, right? With shop-at-home carpet and flooring services, these 6 words are never more true. Instead of having to
find time to visit several stores in your spare time, a salesperson will bring a
selection of samples right to your door. You can take all the time you need to
pick and choose the best flooring products for your needs and goals without even having to leave your couch.
2. Expert Advice from Experienced
By working with a professional from a locally-owned
flooring store, you can be sure that you’re receiving advice from experienced experts. Having been in the industry for years, their practical knowledge
will help provide you with all the answers to your flooring questions. They
also understand how materials hold up in different situations and how to ensure that you get the kind of look and finish that you desire. This also prevents any costly mistakes, as they can recommend the materials that are
best suited for your application.
3. No Gimmicks or Pressure Tactics – Just an Honest
Going to a big store can often be like walking into a casino – you’re met with bright lights, slick sales persons and the risk of being hustled. In fact, many customers find themselves feeling annoyed and taken advantage of after they leave. With
shop-at-home services from your local carpet and flooring store, this experience is entirely different. The
salesperson will arrive prepared to answer any questions you have without any hidden motives or reasons for attempting to
up-sell you on anything unnecessarily.
4. Easily Compare Prices for Different Flooring Types Before Committing to Buy.
With traditional store visits, you may find yourself
buying before having a chance to consider all options and compare prices. But with
shop-at-home services, you can get get several bids from different flooring
companies. Then you can easily compare products, prices and services before you commit to buying anything. This allows
more time for negotiation and helps you find the most affordable option that still meets your
needs, goals and lifestyle.
of Copy-Cat Carpet Information Websites
only want to read honest and unbiased carpet and flooring information. That's
what I provide to all my readers. There
are many carpet information websites on the internet today, but most are not
worth reading as they are in the business of selling flooring. This means
they will only tell you the good points and conveniently leave out all the bad
points. Before you can make wise choices you need to know all the facts, good
a carpet retailer brings samples to your home for you to view and consider,
this is called in-home carpet shopping. In-home carpet shopping
is growing in popularity but also has certain risks that you need to be aware of,
and that is one reason why I created this website.
Many homeowners fall
prey to carpet sales scams every day. When a salesperson comes to your
home to show you carpet or flooring samples, you should not blindly trust the
salesperson, and you should never buy from the salesperson on his or her
first visit. You need to take time (a few days) to VERIFY everything the
salesperson has told you before you agree to sign on the
dotted line! You also need to make sure the material prices and installation
costs are reasonable.
believe everything you read online or hear from a salesperson about the
quality or durability of a particular carpet. You must consider the carpet
specifications. This means you have to ask for the carpet specifications
from the dealer or salesperson PRIOR to making your final choices. If
they do not provide them for you, then you have no way of knowing if the
carpet is capable of tolerating your level of foot traffic you have in your
form is designed to help you make wise and informed choices. It will help you
compare the specifications of any carpet and padding you are considering. this
form will make sure you ask all the right questions.
will also help you compare the total project cost for the Carpet, Padding and
Installation. There are questions to help uncover any potential hidden fees and
up several forms and fill them out as you shop. Use one form for each carpet
sample you would like to consider. This will help you narrow down the best
carpet that can meet your needs, goals, lifestyle and budget.
TV Ads by Lowe's, Home Depot, and Empire Today?
discounts on new carpet and flooring? Two rooms for the price of one? Half
off new carpet, flooring and free installation? Are you reaching for your
phone to call them right now? Wait!
Beware! You've heard the old adage: If
it sounds too good to be true... There
are a few nationally advertised Carpet and Flooring companies that constantly offer incredible sounding deals, incredible discounts and
unbelievable specials and even
next-day installation. Some even offer a shop-at-home service. I believe these dealers should be
avoided at all costs.
it comes to buying new carpet, flooring and installation... you usually get what you pay
for, however, many homeowners fall prey to unscrupulous sales
gimmicks and sleazy sales tactics. Why should you avoid doing business with
any nationally advertised Carpet and Flooring conglomerates?
typically use strong-arm sales
people, 2) They often hire poorly trained installers, 3) They often sell inferior products and
they hope to get away with over-charging you for materials and labor! Not
only that, but when you have a serious problem or complaint... Well, you can
guess what happens when you call to complain...
Carpet from Costco,
Abbey or Empire
are three conglomerate companies that quickly come to mind when thinking
about carpet. From
my experience, they all use private labels on their products to confuse you and make
comparison shopping nearly impossible, they tend to push Polyester and
P.E.T. Polyester carpets (prone to matting and crushing of the pile) and are
reluctant to provide you with a complete set of Carpet
Costco just refers your
carpet query to another flooring retailer and then takes their cut of the
profits right off the top of
your purchase. They may give you a gift card as an incentive, but in the end
they make a handsome profit just for their referral. Be super careful if
you plan to buy flooring from any of these not-recommended
shop-at-home flooring retailers. I always suggest getting at least three
estimates from locally-owned flooring dealers.
and Home Depot Carpet Installation Specials
Two Big Box Retailers don't offer Shop-at-Home carpet or flooring
services, but they do charge a hefty fee for in-home measuring, (they contract out to other companies to do their measures)
and they like
to make darn sure there is WAY more than enough carpet or other flooring
materials to complete the job!
This usually means you will be paying for more
materials and more installation costs than is necessary to get your job done,
(and they also contract out all their installations to
other companies). Learn the truth about their Free
Carpet Installation Specials or their latest TV ads offering carpet and
more about the Best
& Worst Places to Buy New Carpet
Scams and Rip Offs!
you are considering scheduling a mobile shop-at-home service to bring samples to your home,
there are a few important things you need to know to help protect yourself from
being scammed, overcharged and sold the wrong goods or materials.
thing you need to learn about "shopping for carpet at home"
is how to not fall prey to high
pressure sales tactics. For example, pushy salespeople may try to pressure you
into signing a contract before you have a chance to comparison shop by telling you that the price quoted is a "Today Only"
Honest and reputable shop at home
carpet retailers will not strong-arm you into buying right now. Sure, every salesperson would
prefer you to buy from them right now, however, you need
to make sure you take the time to comparison shop and get more than one bid or estimate
before you make your final choice. You should
always consider your carpet choices carefully and take a few days
to compare prices, colors, styles and quality.
all shop-at-home Carpet
are honest and reputable. There are dozens of Carpet Scams you need to
avoid regardless of who you choose buy carpet from. So take your time, read all my carpet buying
and learn everything you can about
buying new carpet before you visit any local carpet stores or have any carpet
dealer bring carpet samples to your
How to Select the Right Carpet
if you are able to avoid all the carpet scams you encounter, you still need to
right carpet. If
you choose the wrong carpet, it may not last as long as you expect. That's why I
decided to create a simple Carpet Foot
Traffic Test. My simple two-minute test will help you
determine your level of foot traffic in your home and can help you choose the right grade or quality carpet that can meet your needs and goals. Print
and use my free Carpet
Durability Rating Chart to make sure you choose wisely!
carpets are rated by the manufacturer. Shaw uses what is called The PAR Carpet Rating System.
This is where they assign each carpet a number from 1 to 5 that indicates the durability
level of the carpet. I think this rating system is flawed and I don't recommend you rely
solely on any carpet rating system to make your final carpet choice.
Selection - Choosing Wisely!
common problem consumers face when buying new carpet, is choosing the right
quality of carpet. Every homeowner has different needs & goals that need to
be predetermined before a suitable carpet selection can be made. Some folks are retired
or have no kids or pets and therefore may have light
foot traffic. Other folks have heavy foot traffic from having
large families with lots of small children, pets or active teenagers.
Each different home scenario requires a different grade or quality of carpet. I refer
to this as "Carpet Durability". No matter what the
circumstances, each and every home has very different needs and goals that
need to be identified and considered very carefully before the proper carpet
durability and quality level can be determined. And unless you consider all the variables and factors carefully, your new carpet will not last as long as you might hope. Read
Carpet Buying Mistake
is Carpet Durability Determined?
the key! If you are not familiar with
specifications then you should read more about Carpet
are several carpet specifications that will help you determine if a carpet can handle
your level of foot traffic. The main factors are:
are several different types of carpet fibers to choose from. For example;
Nylon is known as the most durable fiber available today and is also the
most expensive to manufacture. But not all nylon fibers are created equal.
Some are more durable than others and some nylon fibers are made softer
than others due to the diameter or "denier" of the strand. The
thinner the fiber strand the softer the carpet will feel. But does a
softer feel make for a less durable carpet?
groups of fiber strands are gathered together and twisted they form into
"Tufts" These tufts are inserted into the carpet backing to
create various styles of carpet. When the tufts are twisted together they
use heat to "set" the tufts - similar to how women use a curling
iron to curl their hair. The number of twists formed per lineal inch is
how they determine the "Tuft Twist" rating. Most plush style
carpets have a tuft twist rating of 4 to 6. Frieze styles are known for
having a tuft twist rating of 6 to 8.
Generally speaking, the higher the
tuft twist rating the longer your carpet will retain it's "like
new" appearance. This is because over time tufts may begin to
lose their twist or "blossom", causing the carpet to gradually
lose it's like new appearance.. Some carpet fibers are able hold their
"twist" better than others and this ability is known as being
more "resilient" Nylon is the most resilient carpet fiber
available today. Polyester is typically known to be the least resilient carpet
fiber which means the tufts will mat down quickly on stairs, hallways and in main walkway areas
where there is medium to heavy foot-traffic.
You Need To Know About Carpet
face-weight is the weight of the fiber that is used to manufacture the
carpet pile. Face weights range from 20 ounces to 120 ounces and most
residential carpets sold today have a face weight between 30 to 60 ounces. Generally
speaking, the higher the face-weight, the more durable the carpet will be.
But this does not always hold true. If the pile height is too tall, it may
be more prone to matting and crushing. Depending on your level of
foot traffic, you may need to limit the pile height and increase the face
weight. This is what we call the "Pile Density" rating.
You Need To Know About Carpet
Height and Pile Density
a mathematical formula we can take the Pile Height and Pile Face-Weight to
determine the Pile Density rating. Generally speaking, the higher the pile
density rating the more durable a carpet will be. This holds true more often when
the Pile Height is not too high as to limit the potential for matting and
crushing of the pile. Once the carpet tufts begin to fall over, crush and
collapse the carpet will lose its like-new appearance. This is
especially true with Polyester fibers and Berbers made of Olefin.
Some carpet fibers
are more prone to matting and crushing than others. With nylon carpet, a
good cleaning may help restore the tufts to their original upright
position and allow your carpet to regain some or all of its like new
appearance. However, carpets made from other fibers, like Polyester and
PET Polyester my not yield the same
favorable results. What is the best specifications like pile height and density rating for
a carpet that will best serve your needs and goals?
out my free Carpet
Durability Rating Chart. Use my chart to see what grade of carpet will meet
your needs and goals based on their unique specifications. Every
carpet has it's own unique manufacturing specifications.
is Better Stainmaster
To Choose Berber
Carpet Choice for Kids
- What's Your Score?
to Avoid Measuring
Durability? PAR Rating Explained
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