Free Carpet Information and Buying Guide
Alan Fletcher - Carpet Expert / Consumer Advocate - Retired after 30 years, do not sell or install carpet.
Carpet Buying Questions?
Buying new carpet today is a daunting task!
Homeowners need to be very careful to choose new carpet and flooring wisely to avoid making costly mistakes and major headaches.
Over the past 20 years I have helped thousands of homeowners choose new carpet wisely, save hundreds and avoid common carpet scams. I can help YOU make wise and informed carpet choices too!"
I've been in the carpet business for over 30+ years, but I don't sell carpet anymore. I'm a homeowner carpet advisor, an author of several books and resources about How To Choose New Carpet & Flooring... and a nationally recognized Consumer Rights Advocate since 1998.
I am proud to say that my carpet buying articles, free advice and candid opinions have been published in major newspapers, magazines, trade papers and newsletters worldwide. My passion is helping homeowners like you learn how to choose the right carpet & padding that is capable of meeting your needs, goals, lifestyle and budget.
My goal? To help save you hundreds by teaching you how to negotiate your best carpet deal, To explain what must be done to ensure you get qualified installation, And how to recognize and avoid common scams & rip-offs by sly and sneaky carpet salespeople and unscrupulous and ruthless carpet and flooring resellers that advertise heavily on television and other online sources
Let me start by saying that there are plenty of reputable carpet retailers out there, but it's very hard to know the difference between a "Reputable" Carpet Dealer and a "Ruthless" Carpet / Flooring Dealer until you discover that it's too late!
Get at least three bids or estimates from local carpet retailers!
Don't take my word for it After 30+ years in this business I have learned how to recognize these wolves in sheep's clothing. That's why I've created my own special list of recommended carpet dealers all across America. These are carpet / Flooring dealers that I personally trust and recommend to my readers. They have been selected and approved by me personally, "one at a time" over the past 12 years. My preferred dealers are the best of the best, and I know you will think so too when you give them a chance to earn your business! Get at least two or three estimates from other dealers in your area.
You decide who you think will give you the best deal and treat you with the respect you deserve. I bet you will buy from the dealer that I prefer. If not, then please email me to let me know who you bought from and why! Maybe they should be listed in my preferred list! Thank you! Alan aka The Carpet Professor...
Email your carpet buying questions to: CarpetProfessor@outlook.com
I'm a homeowner just like you and I surely don't want to overpay, be ripped off or be scammed on the products or services I need. One thing I know for sure...Scams are everywhere, especially in the carpet and flooring business! It's sad, but consumers must be on guard constantly, we must be well informed and take the time to educate ourselves before we make any major purchase.
Over the past ten years I've helped countless homeowners choose carpet wisely and save hundreds or even thousands of dollars on their carpet purchases. I can help you save time and money, avoid scams and make wise carpet choices too. But you have to be willing to take the time to get educated.
Buying New Carpet Soon? I freely provide dozens of pages of carpet buying information consumers need in order to buy new carpet wisely, avoid scams and save hundreds.
If you have the time, you can search through my website and take notes, but the best way is to download my Complete Carpet Buying Guide. You can print it out, save to your hard drive or read on your home computer as often as you wish.
You'll also get my special money-saving information and advice not available on my website! I've kept the price low at $14.95 so everyone can afford it. You'll also receive special bonus materials and my special "Preferred Customer" email address so you can email me your carpet questions and get the fastest and most detailed responses!
Most homeowners don't know how to buy carpet today - even if they have purchased carpet many times in the past. There used to be only about 8 basic grades of carpet available: apartment grade, builder grade, six basic grades of residential and three basic commercial grades. Not anymore, there literally are dozens of varying carpet grades and qualities available to meet any need, application or budget.
What is a Carpet Grade?
How do I know what grade to buy? Which grade is right for you? That's the $64 question. It is all about quality. What matters is the materials they use to manufacture carpet and the process they use to put it all together. From the top down, the fiber you select, the amount of fiber is called the face-weight. More fiber also means more pile density, and the pile thickness helps determine the level of durability.
Then there is the backing system. This is how is your carpet held together. They use latex to bond the backing mesh to the carpet fabric. Some backing systems have a secondary backing that increases the carpet stability and helps prevent wrinkles. It also makes it heavier and more difficult to handle for installers.
Choose too low a grade and your carpet will wear out too fast. Choose too high and you will spend way more than you need to. Little red riding hood comes to mind because you want to choose the grade of carpet that is Just Right!
You need to know how to choose the carpet grade that is just right for your needs, goals, lifestyle and budget. Sounds easy but it's not. Where to start?
Homeowners often trust a carpet salesperson to steer them in the right direction and suggest the right grade or style of carpet. This can be a very big mistake. Why? Because many carpet salespeople are not qualified or don't take the time to ask you about your needs and goals to advise you wisely.
Carpet is a major home improvement purchase, you need to follow the advice of a seasoned professional who has your best interests in mind. You need to choose the right carpet based on your needs and goals. I can help you sort it all out.
Best Carpet Padding & Carpet Installation
Consumers who select the wrong grade of carpet stand to lose hundreds or even thousands of dollars. But choosing he wrong carpet padding can ruin even the best quality carpets. Carpet installation done improperly will void the carpet warranty and can easily cut the life-span of any carpet in half!
How do you select the right pad? How to you make sure your carpet is installed properly? You need the answers to these questions and many more.
Is your Carpet Installer Licensed, Bonded & Insured?
Check Now to see if you carpet or flooring installer is subject to your State Licensing Regulations. You should always call to make sure who you hire is properly licensed, bonded and insured according to the State and Local Laws where you live. You can also check to see if there have been any prior complaints filed against the contractor in question.