Carpet & Flooring Information for Homeowners!
30-year Carpet Expert & Trusted Consumer Advocate
I retired after 30-years in the
carpet business and no longer Sell or Install
carpet or flooring.
My goal is to help homeowners make wise and informed
carpet buying choices. Everything you need to know about buying new carpet
is posted on my website and is provided absolutely free with
no strings attached whatsoever.
I encourage you to take full advantage of all my free
and unbiased advice to help you choose wisely and help you save hundreds, if not thousands on your next new
Take your time and read through all my free articles,
take my powerful Carpet
Foot Traffic Test, print out my free checklists and take my challenging Carpet
Quiz. Take time to fully analyze all my
pricing charts and print
out my free discount coupon for up to $100 off new carpet and my useful
forms. Take a look at my free Carpet
be a victim! I've been helping homeowners avoid common carpet scams and save
money on new carpet and flooring for over 18 years! Be very careful who's
opinion and advice you trust! Most carpet websites do not provide complete,
accurate or honest carpet buying information and advice! Buy the wrong grade of carpet
and you stand to lose hundreds or even thousands!
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I Created This Website...
one or two visits to a carpet retailer, most
homeowners will quickly discover that selecting
new carpet is very difficult, time consuming and confusing. My website was created to help educate homeowners sort through all the carpet buying nonsense.
I think all homeowners deserve to have simple and honest carpet buying choices
but for the past 30 years that's not been the case.
the "free" carpet information I find posted on the internet is either
limited, wrong or misleading. It's hard to find honest and candid advice that will truly
help you choose wisely and avoid common carpet scams.
Business or Contractor Reviews
Don't make the mistake of
believing all those online reviews about businesses or contractors. Most of
the reviews are not worth considering. Why? There are many reasons why, but
first of all, most homeowners have limited experience dealing with businesses
and contractors and may not know how to tell if a contractor did a fair job or
did a really great job.
best online reviews are posted by homeowners who have had many dealings with
various types of businesses and contractors over many many years.
have no way of knowing if the review you are reading was written by someone
who has dealt with just one contractor or by someone with decades of
experience dealing with dozens of businesses and contractors.
don't make any decisions based on online reviews.
of the best businesses and contractors have negative reviews posted on the
internet. You should not put too much weight based on online reviews because
they not be accurate or may be skewed or falsified just to make the business
is common for some sly business owners or salespeople post negative reviews
just to hurt nearby competing businesses. They try to make the review sound
real and honest but in reality it is a fake review with no merit. The business
who is the victim of these fake reviews have no way to remove or combat this
type of assault and often suffer significant loss of business revenue as a
result. For this reason, I suggest you don't believe everything you
rely on Corporate Business Records, Better Business Bureau reports and a nice
website that offers clear and transparent ownership, staff and business
practices can help give you peace of mind when choosing a carpet or flooring
dealer to buy from.
you can also choose to trust me by getting a free estimate from one of my
hand-picked locally-owned and family-run dealers listed in my Preferred
Carpet and Flooring Dealer Directory
are many ways to vet a business or contractor before you agree to hiring or buy
from them. Looking to Vet a Carpet or Flooring Installer? How to Verify a Contractor's License
I put ZERO value in companies like Angie's List, Thumbtack or Home
Advisor aka Service Magic, because they are in the business of selling your project
information (as Lead Generators) to multiple contractors when you go online
and submit a form asking for free bids or estimates.
contractors or businesses pay a hefty fee for each and every "lead"
that they receive from these "lead generators" and that is why you
get so many calls from local contractors who want to be the company you choose
to do business with. The high cost of these "paid leads" will surely
be factored into your bid or estimate. This means you will be paying more.
Your Eyes! Don't be the victim of a scam!
What ConsumerAffairs.com has to say about these companies:
Advisor aka Service
information is why I say that if you don't do your
carpet homework, you stand to lose hundreds if not thousands on your new carpet or
flooring purchase. You don't need to submit your information to one of these
"lead generators" as you can locate plenty of contractors to get
free estimates all by yourself with little effort.
There are literally dozens of ways for you to make simple but
costly mistakes and end up
unhappy with the end result. Making wise carpet choices requires that you do your carpet homework before you begin
shopping for carpet.
can't tell you what carpet to buy, but I can give you unbiased advice to help
you make wise and informed choices. Take a look at my sitemap
to see if I have already answered your question in one of my free articles.
Out For Greedy Carpet Retailers!
Many carpet retailers
hire pushy salespeople who will say or do just about anything to close
the sale! Some of these sales professional know very little about
carpet. They are hired because they are good at closing the sale. That means
they don'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. In reality,
you likely agreed to buy only because you thought it was the only way to get
them to LEAVE your home! If this has recently happened to you, you should know
that you usually have a three-day
right of rescission to cancel your order. You have to act fast and follow
some rules set forth by the FTC.
Locally is Important for So Many Reasons!
need to make sure you only buy from a reputable, locally owned carpet dealer with honest and knowledgeable salespeople who will take their time to help
you choose new carpet and flooring wisely, to measure your home accurately and
to give you a fair and square deal.
should NEVER feel pressured into buying any flooring products until you are
fully satisfied with your selection and are sure that you are buying from a
this reason and many more is why I decided to create my website and to expose the truth about the carpet
business and to educate and inform homeowners how to choose new carpet wisely
and to show homeowners how to avoid common carpet scams!
the Right Carpet Fiber
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
you have frequent pet accidents and/or you plan to move soon or plan to replace your carpet within
3 to 7 years. Learn
More about Carpet Fibers
you need to know about choosing and buying Carpet, Padding and Installation can be found
on this website.
Visit my Carpet Q & A pages to read my
answers to common carpet buying questions.
You can print out all my pages, analyze useful charts, print free shopping forms and shopping forms and even print out my Special
Discount Coupon that could save you up to $100 on new carpet.
1. Choose the
Wrong Grade of Carpet...
they buy the wrong grade of carpet for their needs!
Too Much for Materials & Labor...
they don't compare several bids or estimates!
their Carpet Installed improperly...
they don't buy from a reputable flooring dealer!
void their carpet warranty...
they don't maintain their new carpet properly!
Carpet Professor Says...
your responsibility to choose new carpet wisely. You should never rely solely on any
one salesperson to make your carpet
and padding choices for you.
your new carpet does not perform as expected, you
go back and blame the salesperson for giving you bad or wrong advice. Only
from a reputable carpet dealer!
Careful Who You Trust!
carpet salespeople lack sufficient "hands-on" carpet experience and don't
have enough product knowledge to know what grade of carpet is able to meet YOUR needs, goals and
there are also plenty of unscrupulous carpet salespeople who are
overcharge you by using sneaky sales tactics, deceptive advertising gimmicks,
bait & switch tricks and literally dozens of other common retail carpet scams!
more about Costly Carpet Buying Mistakes
Measuring for Carpet
homeowners are overcharged for Carpet, Padding and Labor!
you get three carpet estimates from three different carpet dealers, I
guarantee you will get three different estimates for the amount of material
your home requires.
salespeople over-measure intentionally while other salespeople over-measure
because they are not well trained at the art of carpet measuring. They would
rather order too much material than to not have enough material to complete
the job. This means you are paying for material and labor costs that are far
above what is necessary. This can easily cost you hundreds or thousands more
that is necessary.
Why? Because 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 higher or lower than the other.
sure if your free estimate/measurement is correct?
to Measure for Carpet Yourself!
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?
who lack measuring experience can cost you plenty.
can take 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
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 smart ways to make sure you are
not a victim of a measuring scam.
Carpet Professor Says...
be successful at buying new carpet for your home, you just need to select
the right grade of carpet for your needs, choose the correct padding,
have your home accurately measured and have
it all installed by a qualified carpet installer... All for a fair and
Prices - Revise
Your Carpet Budget
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!
the Right Grade of Carpet is not as easy as most folks think. It's not like it was
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 best carpet fiber for
problem with selecting the right carpet is... You can't
tell the difference just by
looking at the Carpet samples or just by feeling the carpet
your hand. All carpets look 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.
buy a carpet just because you love the color or it feels nice and soft! If you
want a carpet that will last a long time, you need to select a carpet made
from the most durable materials!
Carpet Professor Says...
5 "Key Carpet
Specifications" you need to know and understand.
Type - Nylon, Polyester, Olefin, Sorona, P.E.T, and Wool are most
Height - Measure of the pile height from the backing, usually ranging
1/4" to over an inch
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.
weight of the surface fiber,
also called the "Pile". Does not include the weight of the
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.
Manufacturing Specifications Explained
also very important to choose the correct
carpet padding for your home. Some pads offer excellent support for
your carpet while others are not so great and are way over-priced.
It is 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.
Read more about Choosing
the Right Carpet Pad and Padding Specifications
to Begin Your Carpet Buying Journey?
You first need to take my
Carpet Foot Traffic Test to help determine what grade of carpet you need to
buy for your home. You also need to know the honest answers the following questions:
is the level of foot traffic in your home?
How long do you want your new carpet to last?
years? 20 years?
How much carpet do you need?
or later you may need to have someone come to your home to measure for carpet.
Here is where you can encounter a major problem or carpet scam. Measuring for
carpet is an art, and few carpet salespeople are well trained at measuring.
While some homes are easy to measure, others can be quite tricky. You want to
make sure that your home is measured accurately and so there the least amount of
material waste possible. It's
important that you are proactive in learning how much carpet you require or
you may be overcharged or worse.
Learn More: How
to Measure for Carpet Yourself!
to Choose the Right Grade of Carpet
Many homeowners choose their carpet based
on color, look, feel and price. However, there are many other important factors that need to be taken
into consideration. From start to finish you must make all the right
decisions to be successful and satisfied with the final outcome.
the Correct Padding?
There are many different types of carpet padding
and it's important to select the right pad.
Read more: Choosing
the Right Carpet Padding
Calculate your Carpet Installation Costs
Most residential carpet is
installed for a fixed amount based on the amount of material required to do
the job. A common price per square yard might be $4.50 to $6.50. Looped Berber
carpets are more difficult to install and there is usually an up charge of a
dollar or two per square yard. You will incur additional installation
fees or charges for services beyond the normal scope of carpet installation
these include: Stairs, Transitions and
Thresholds, Floor Preparation, Furniture
Moving, Custom upholstery, Removal and haul away of old carpet & pad and
installation... to name just a few of the more common
extra fees and charges you might encounter.
Learn more: Carpet Installation Costs.
Adjust Your Carpet Budget
you have all the information you need to calculate a basic idea about how much
you need to spend to buy the right grade of carpet for your home. This is
the point where most homeowners experience some degree of
"Sticker-Shock!" Next take a look at my Carpet and Pad Pricing
Chart. Also, when you visit my Preferred
Carpet Dealer Directory print out my free discount coupon to get up to $100
off your next purchase!
Key Information You Need..
Your New Carpet Installed Properly
- Most installers are not properly trained...This
means you need to make sure your carpet is installed correctly. I have
compiled a lot
of useful information to help you. Finding a Qualified Carpet Installer
Read more: Carpet Installation Cost
a fair & square price on your entire carpet job -
Again, you need
to buy from a reputable flooring dealer. Start by visiting my Preferred
Carpet Dealer Directory.
must properly maintain your new carpet by:
frequently with a good quality vacuum - Carpet
it professionally cleaned every other year by a Certified
clean as necessary using approved methods only.
all maintenance and cleaning receipts - Read your carpet warranty.
all the Manufacturer's Carpet Care and Maintenance Instructions to the
must choose the right Grade of Carpet that is designed to tolerate
YOUR unique level of foot traffic for the length of time you desire."
easy, but as you will soon discover... Choosing the right carpet is
NOT easy or simple. Buying new carpet today is more complicated and
confusing than ever, even for seasoned and experienced homeowners who have
purchased new carpet many times in the past!
Carpet Professor Says...
NOT to Buy New Carpet:
you buy carpet is a major factor because not all carpet retailers have your
best interests in mind, and some carpet retailers should be avoided at all costs!
new carpet wisely starts with knowing
how to select the right grade of carpet for your home!
The last thing you want
to do is buy the wrong grade of carpet and have it wear out in a hurry. There
are many other key factors for you to consider too including - Selecting the correct
obtaining qualified installation; and getting a good price!
Learn more about
Best & Worst Places to Buy
How to Avoid Costly
Buying Mistakes... I
have a list of common carpet complaints from homeowners who bought new carpet and why
they were unhappy with their carpet purchase.
years of experience and ongoing research has revealed that fewer than 14% of consumers
make ALL the right Carpet choices from start to finish. The other 86% either spend too much, choose the wrong
materials, end up with installation problems or unhappy in some way with their
Carpet Buying Experience.
go wrong you might ask? Plenty! These unfortunate homeowners didn't do their
carpet homework and have paid the price!
Costly Carpet Buying Mistakes
To Avoid Common Carpet Scams...
are plenty of Carpet scams to watch out for. The best way to avoid carpet scams is
buy from a locally owned, honest and reputable carpet dealer.
I find they offer much better customer service both before and after the sale.
Buying carpet or flooring from a nationally advertised retail conglomerate
like Empire Today or Big Box home improvement stores like Home Depot
or Lowe's may be tempting due to their television advertising gimmicks, but I
think they should be avoided. Learn the truth about $37
Carpet Installation specials or similar.
Much Do I Need to Spend to Get the Quality I Require?
is way more costly today than most homeowners expect so don't be shocked when
you see the prices. You don't want to spend too little and have it wear
out too fast and you don't want to spend more than necessary to get the grade of carpet you require. Take a look
at my Carpet and Pad Pricing
Chart to get a good idea about how much you need to spend on new carpet
that is "Just Right" to meet your needs and goals! Expert
Carpet buying information for homeowners, how to choose carpet wisely, save
money and avoid scams!