to Buy Carpet Wisely in Today's Marketplace
Alan Fletcher -
30-Year Carpet Expert and Consumer Advocate
on any Carpet Salesperson to advise you regarding which Carpet or Padding is the
right choice for your needs and goals, ultimately it's your
responsibility to choose wisely by doing your own Carpet Homework!"
"Old Way" to Buy New Carpet
who have purchased new carpet in years past might think that buying new carpet
is like buying a bag of Groceries. Just visit the local Carpet supermarket and
select a new carpet to replace the old carpet and in a few days the old carpet
will be gone and your new carpet will be installed! Back in the 1950's and
1960's that's the way it used to be!
the 1970's the POPULAR colors available were avocado green, gold and orange. The popular
styles of the times were Shags and heavy Plush over a thick padding.
the 1980's large-looped Berber Carpets were the BIG fad. Unfortunately, most Berber styles
were poorly made, hard to install and hard to seam up. Most looped Berbers were made from a
low-quality Olefin and were prone to matting and crushing as well as being hard
to keep clean.
New Way to Buy Carpet
who have never bought carpet before have few preconceived notions about how to
buy new carpet and are open to suggestions. Prices have doubled since the early 1990's and
buying carpet for a small two-bedroom home can easily cost $2500 or more
depending on the grade or quality of carpet.
the old days...
fifty years ago, if you wanted to buy new wall-to-wall carpet, you simply walked into a
any local carpet retailer and picked out a carpet of a suitable color within your price range. There weren't a lot of
options back then.
As a homeowner your choices were usually
based on a quality level of low, medium or high grade of carpet. But basically all carpets made back then were designed to wear like iron and
no matter what grade of carpet you selected. You
could expect your new carpet to last at least 10, 15 or 20 years or more.
there are at least five hundred different carpet choices to consider including options
such as colors, grades, fibers, backings, stain treatments, styles, pile height,
warranties, density ratings, face-weights and fiber deniers - not to mention the
Then there is the padding selection you need to make... What type,
density, thickness, quality and price? You have to get it all right or you stand
to lose hundreds or even thousands.
What does that mean? If you
install new carpet in your entire home and expect your new carpet to last
for 15 years but it wears out in 5 years, what have you lost? Thousands! You didn't get the value that you expected for the money you invested.
Can you afford to have this to happen to you? To avoid this, you need to learn how to select the right
carpet, the right pad and have it all installed properly. I can help you
accomplish all that and help you save money too!
make it quick, simple and easy for you, I have compiled all my years of
experience in a handy, easy to read, downloadable ebook. To protect yourself and
learn the insider secrets, tips and tricks buying new carpet wisely, I suggest
you invest a mere $14.95 and instantly download my Complete Carpet Buying
Guide. If you don't think it's worth every penny, I will refund you money
much does Carpet
my free Carpet Foot
Sorona® Polymer (PTT)
new fiber on the market is called Sorona®, or Smartstrand®, and is a polymer
made from corn. (Actually it was invented back in the 1940's) Invented by
Dupont™, they claim this new fiber has great anti-stain properties and say
Should you buy
carpet made with this new fiber? If you want a carpet that resists stains
better than any other carpet on the market today, the perhaps you might want
to consider buying this product. If you want your carpet to last as long as
possible and still resists stains and cleans easily then I suggest you buy a
carpet made from Nylon.
There is more you
need to learn about carpet fibers before a wise choice for you can be
determined. Your choice must be made based on your needs, goals, expectations
and your lifestyle. If you have kids or pets that needs to be considered too.
If you choose a carpet that cannot handle the amount of foot traffic you have,
the carpet will wear out much sooner than you might expect. Learn about Selecting
the Right Carpet Pad
Read my Carpet
Q & A pages!