of Carpet Should I Buy?
Alan Fletcher - 30-year Carpet Expert & Consumer Advocate
grade of carpet you select usually depends on how much money you have to spend on your project
combined with how long you want your carpet to
If money is tight you may want to consider doing your carpet project in two
phases to give yourself time to save up more money to buy a better grade of
carpet. Perhaps do the living room now and do the bedrooms later?
Makes a Carpet Wear Out Faster?
If you don't buy
a carpet that is designed to handle your level of foot traffic, your new carpet will wear out in a hurry! The
manufacturers carpet warranty will have no value if you choose a carpet that is incapable
of tolerating your level of foot traffic. Take my FREE
Carpet Foot Traffic Test to help determine which grade of carpet you need.
is the main problem to overcome when you are considering
the best flooring options for your home. If you buy a poorly made
carpet it will surely wear out faster than you expect. How will you know which
of carpet is right for you? This is the hardest
question for most consumers to answer. But this is where I can help you
make wise and informed choices.
makes one carpet more durable than another?
you have an unlimited
budget and can afford to buy the absolute best carpet on the market you
don't need me to help you. Just go and buy the most expensive carpet you can
find and you will likely do just fine. For everyone else, you need to take the
time to learn a few things about carpet specifications so you can get the most bang for your
buck. Learn about Carpet
of carpet should you select?
Let me be brutally frank, if you choose
carpet that cannot handle your foot traffic it
WILL wear out faster than you expect. Maybe you want your new rug to last for ten years.
How will you feel when it wears out in five years or
less? Will you be in a position to
replace your carpet again in five years? Or will you have to live with an
ugly, matted down and worn out rug for another five years.
must make the final carpet and padding choices!
must do your carpet homework! Most homeowners don't know what grade of carpet to buy and blindly put their trust in
what the salesperson recommends. This is often a HUGE mistake! "But The
salesperson seemed so knowledgeable!" Yeah well that may be true in some
cases but there are a ton of smooth talking salespeople who know very little
about the products they sell.
Even if the Salesperson assures you
that "This Carpet is very durable and will last for
at least 15 years" it doesn't guarantee it will. If it wears out
faster, then you have NO recourse!
trust what any one salesperson tells you. In the end, YOU will be solely responsible
for the carpet and padding you purchase. You cannot go back to the carpet store and
complain that the salesperson made you buy the wrong grade of carpet.
Trust Manufacturers Warranty Limits or Wear Ratings
You should never trust the
manufacturer's warranty or rating system to make your selection. Many carpet
manufacturers use a scale of 1 to 5 to
reflect how durable the carpet is rated based on a typical family of four
scenario. Even if the Carpet Manufacturer's warranty label says: 10-year texture
retention; 10-year stain-protection; 10-year defect, or
whatever.... It does NOT mean the Carpet will last 10 years in YOUR
I believe Carpet manufacturer's warranties are practically
worthless these days. None of their stated warranty coverage will protect
you if you choose the wrong grade
of carpet for your home. There is absolutely no guarantee that
your new carpet will wear well for ten years
unless YOU select the right grade or quality of carpet! And even if
you do choose a carpet that can handle your
amount of foot traffic, you still must choose the right pad, and have it all
Beyond all that, you are also required to properly maintain
your carpet according to the manufacturer's
warranty and care guidelines. It's good idea to follow all their care
suggestions and recommendations to the letter.
Carpet Care and Maintenance?
It's very important. Let me give you
a simple example, it
doesn't matter if you buy a new Ford Focus or a new Mercedes Benz, if you
don't change the oil and do the necessary maintenance any new car,
regardless of it's purchase price, will not last
as long as it was designed to.
Carpet is no different. You must be sure to
select the right carpet grade or quality that your
home requires, based on your needs,
goals, lifestyle and long-term expectations and then be darn sure you take proper care of
it according to the manufacturer's warranty guidelines.
How is Carpet
Carpet is graded by the quality
and type of materials used, the fiber type, the fiber
weight, the tuft twist, pile height and density, and how well it is constructed overall. Determining
which carpet is the best choice for a particular
application can be quite difficult for even a seasoned carpet salesperson. Many factors must be considered.
I will help you answer all these
questions and dozens more...That's what 30-years of carpet experience has taught me, and what I have put into my ebook for you to use
to your benefit. I also show you how to avoid dozens of common carpet scams. I'll also show you how to use my "insider" information to
help negotiate your best deal!
When choosing the right
carpet quality... The main problem is, many carpet salespeople can't or won't help you make the right
choices. They either don't have sufficient knowledge, or just don't care
what carpet you select. Common
Carpet Salespeople are
Hired to Sell.
When the store
owner is looking to fill a vacant carpet sales position he gets plenty of
applicants. Many talented salespeople eagerly apply for these higher-paying sales jobs.
Faced with a stack of job applications who do you think the store owner or
manager will hire? The aggressive sales professional who makes more sales
because does not take no
for an answer?
hire the kind, honest, caring and knowledgeable salesperson who
will spend extra time to be sure that each customer is treated fairly. This
is the major difference between the carpet dealers that I recommend to my
readers and the carpet dealers whom I would never recommend at all!
salespeople are paid on salary. Some are paid by the hour. Most are paid on
a commission basis. This means they may be motivated to encourage you to buy,
even though you may not have selected the carpet that meets your needs goals
So let's get one
thing straight, I suggest you not rely solely on any one carpet salesperson to
advise you about what carpet you should buy. If you follow their bad or wrong advice
you can't go back later and blame the salesperson and hope to get a refund or
replacement. You need to take your time and be absolutely sure of your carpet
and padding choices. You need to determine your
carpet needs all by yourself by a
simple and basic process to decide what carpet can meet your needs goals and
be in a hurry to make your final selection. You need to take many things into
account...such as....How many people live in your home? Do you have
small kids or pets? Do you entertain often? Is durability or stain
resistance most important? Is this for a basement area? Do you have teenagers?
Do you have elderly
people in the home? Do your pets have occasional wet accidents? and much more....Sound difficult? Yes it is! That's
why I created this website... to help you make wise and informed choices.
Take my FREE
Carpet Foot Traffic Test to see which grade of carpet you need to buy!
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