Buying Questions and Answers
Fletcher - 30-year Carpet Expert and Trusted Consumer Advocate
Q. Carpet Shedding and Fuzzing
I vacuum a lot. And out of the 2 months I've got about 10
bags of carpet FUZZ filled in my vacuum bags when changing. The store says it is
because it is a heavy nylon carpet and will stop fuzzing in a couple of more
months. I paid a lot of money for this home improvement. What's up with
You bought a nylon carpet made from
staple fibers, these are short pieces of nylon, about 8 inches long. Better
quality carpets are made of a continuous filament nylon, one long
extruded strand. These carpets are labeled CF or BCF for "Continuous Filament".
Yes, you will be vacuuming up fibers for awhile, but it will subside
eventually, up to a year. You should have been told in advance that you were
buying a carpet made with a Staple
Fiber and that you would be seeing a lot
of loose fuzz.
to know if you're getting a good deal on carpet?
You wouldn't. There is no carpet blue
book and there are literally thousands of carpet styles and colors and they are
constantly changing everyday. There
are no carpet magazines that have a list of current carpet styles and colors that I am aware of. The
carpet you buy today may not be available tomorrow!
website offers the best and most complete information to help consumers obtain a
square deal on carpet. Until now, all
carpet buying consumers could hope to do was to shop around from one store to another to hopefully find another
similar or identical products to be able to compare prices. It is very time
consuming and not easy to compare by any means. I have tried to help by
providing unbiased carpet information and make a short list of flooring dealers
that I believe are honest and reputable.
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Q. What about offers
for Free Carpet Padding or Installation?
Its easy to fall for those "FREE"
carpet sales gimmicks! It is very common for carpet retailers
to "hide" the cost of those FREE items in the price you pay for the
carpet or other add-ons and upgrades.
Make no mistake, they know if they can lure
you into their store, then they'll have a good chance to convince you to buy
carpet from them... Beware, you can spend hundreds more than you need
can get a good deal on carpet but you need to watch out for sneaky carpet sales
Q. What about
retailers who claim to have Wholesale Prices?
have to make a reasonable profit because they
have a building to maintain, lots of overhead, and employees to pay. They may
carry second-quality goods at prices at lower than normal, but still they have
to make at least a 40% markup on all their products in order to survive. Carpet
dealers can often get great deals on rolls of carpet from the mill. These
discounted rolls of carpet may be over-stock, factory-seconds, off-color, roll
ends or discontinued goods. If you buy some of these items, you can get a good
deal as long as you know exactly what it is you are buying.
banners and other advertising gimmicks you see and hear about are used to lure you into
their store. Once inside, they will use every trick in the book to get you to select one of their
products and buy from them. Some carpet dealers are reputable and some are
Should I Buy Carpet from Home Depot, Costco, Empire or Lowe's?
wants to buy a soft carpet
retail carpet salespeople will ask you to feel how soft the carpet is with your hand.
They may suggest you dig your fingers into the pile. To feel how thick and luxurious it
is! Perhaps they will have you walk on a swatch of carpet with a square
piece of pad underneath it to show you how soft it feels underfoot.
These common sales techniques are just like the test drive at the car dealership. If they can get you to imagine in your mind how great
the carpet would look and feel in your home then they know you will buy
it. You need to check out some carpet samples and take them home for a few
days! This will give you the opportunity to compare and consider all options!
How a carpet feels and looks when it is new
has absolutely no bearing on whether or not it is a quality product, if it will
last, if it will clean easily, and especially if it is the right carpet for you!
This is exactly why I created this website.
Be very cautious, a
soft carpet is not always the most durable carpet.
Do your homework, and learn about carpet
Don't fall for sales gimmicks and don't buy under sales pressure!
Don't be pressured into buying right now, take some samples home for a few days!
Baseboards Up Off The Floor?
We are remodeling
our house and will be installing carpeting in the bedrooms over hardwood
floors. Should the baseboards be installed on top of the new carpet, or
installed 1/2 “ off the floor prior to installation of new carpet? I have been given
conflicting advice on this subject so am not sure which installation to go
One installer mentioned that it was better to have the
baseboards flush with the floor so create a better seal and not allow air
and dust to come up from under the house and prevent that dark edging that
can occur around the perimeter of the room.
could go either way, but I think installing the baseboards 1/2" off the
floor, prior to carpet installation, is the best way to go. If there is a gap (to prevent dust and airflow) it needs
to be sealed first using some sealant or caulking. The tack-strip can then be installed
after the baseboards are installed and be placed in the proper
position, in front of the molding for proper carpet installation. Do all
interior painting at least a week prior to installing new carpet and plan on
doing a little touch-up on the baseboards afterwards.
Carpet Specifications important?
We are shopping at Home
Depot for carpet and noticed the weight, density and twist is listed on the
back of each sample. Other carpet stores in the area don't list that
information on their samples which makes it difficult to compare. How do I
handle this and is that information critical to the carpet purchase?
stores show the carpet specifics on the back of their samples and some don't. Those that don't are hoping
you won't ask. Would you buy a car without knowing what engine size it was?
Of course not. So why buy carpet from a dealer that wants to keep you
in the dark. I'd simply say, if you want my business I need to know the
numbers, if you can't or won't provide them I will take my business
Carpet Fibers - What Consumers Need to Know
Tuft Twist count is very critical. Defined as the number of twists
each tuft has per inch, the more twists, the longer your carpet will look
like new. A 5 to 7 Tuft Twist is good, less than 5 and your carpet will mat
down faster. You need enough fiber face- weight if you want your carpet to
look good for years to come. Frieze styles usually have the highest Tuft
Twist Ratings of 6 or more.
or how thick the pile is, is super important too. The more tufts per square inch
the thicker the carpet. In a nutshell, if you can easily find the backing
through the pile the density is low. If you have to work hard to separate
the tufts to be able to see the backing, then the density is higher. With
low quality carpets you can almost see the carpet backing without spreading the tufts
apart with your fingers.
Dense carpets don't crush as easily like the grass on a putting green. A thick and
dense pile works well and it provides good support and resists matting and
crushing of the pile.
Learn more about Carpet Specifications
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