The Differences Between Frieze and Berber Carpet Styles

My friends over at The Carpet Guys have a post going up on their blog today about the differences between Frieze and Berber that is a worthwhile read for homeowners. Here is their link: http://bit.ly/1SZZg94

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Best Carpet Choice for Home

Best Carpet Choice for Home

Dear Alan,

I live in Clinton Township Michigan.  My husband and I are looking to replace all of our upstairs carpet. The carpet to be replaced includes a hall, a stair case with 12 stairs, and four upper bedrooms.

Last week I stopped into a local family owned carpet store to look at a carpet that I had seen in a family member’s home. The carpet was made by Mohawk and is made from 75% Smartstrand and 25% P.E.T. Polyester.

Tonight we had an in-home estimate from a well-known shop-at- home company. The salesman brought out some plush style carpets that he stated were great for high traffic areas.  He showed us a 60 oz weight, and a 50 oz weight carpet samples.  I asked him if in fact that they carried “Smartstrand” and he said yes however that it was a special order carpet.  He went on to say that the sample that I had from the local dealer was only about a 30 oz face weight and would mat down over time. He instead suggested that his Shaw plush style was a much better choice for the stairs and hall.  He quoted us $3,750 to do the hall/stairs and the four bedrooms. I had received a quote of $4,036 from the local family owned carpet store with the 30 oz face weight carpet.

Both offered 8 lb padding. The shop-at- home company offered padding without the moisture barrier, they have it but he did not believe that we needed it (because it is just me and my husband in the home), but the local dealer offered padding with the moisture barrier.

I came across your site after going online to look at some other local carpet stores to see what they may have to offer.  I guess I would like an expert such as you to weigh in or give some advice as to why the local carpet store would only offer us a 30 oz face weight and give a quote of $4000 dollars and the shop-at- home carpet company quote $3,750.00 with w 60 oz face weight.  Looking forward to hearing back from you.

Cathy

Hi Cathy,

Thanks for your carpet questions!  I have to make some assumptions with the limited information you gave me, so this email is my best “guesstimate” response for you.

It sounds like you had Empire Today out tonight to show you some polyester carpet samples. I never recommend buying carpet from Empire, and I don’t recommend you buy a carpet made of PET or Polyester fibers unless you want it to last for less than 7 years. Those are the absolute worst fibers, no matter what they tell you. Neither of two carpets you mentioned can handle medium to heavy foot traffic regardless of their 50 or 60-ounce face-weights. Fiber type, Tuft twist and pile density are way more important factors to consider than is a higher face-weight. You need to consider all the carpet specifications to know if the carpet is durable enough to handle your application and last as long as you anticipate. (See attached carpet durability chart)

A carpet made of Nylon is always the best choice for stairs and hallways and other heavy foot-traffic areas. Smartstrand, P.E.T. or Polyester fibers do not perform as well on stairs and hallways as they tend to mat down quickly in medium to heavy foot traffic applications. If your home has low foot-traffic, then a Smartstrand (Triexta) fiber might work well for you, but it should still have good specifications, hopefully more than 30-ounce face-weight and good pile-density rating (see attached carpet durability chart)

Best Padding Choice

You don’t really need a moisture barrier padding, so why pay extra for it. A good quality Rebond type pad, 7/16”, 8-pound density will do the job just fine. Learn more about moisture barrier padding and other specialty padding types.

Take my free carpet foot traffic test to see what level of foot traffic you have.

I have three preferred dealers near you. Here is a link: http://www.carpetprofessor.com/preferred_carpet_store_in_detroit_MI.htm

#howtobuycarpet

Alan

www.carpetprofessor.com

A Bad Carpet Buying Experience…

A Common Carpet Buying Nightmare…

“Unless you learn how to make wise and informed carpet choices this scenario could happen to you…”

After saving upyou have finally stashed away enough money to buy new carpet for your home! So you head over to a nearby carpet retailer and the salesperson helps you select the carpet of your dreams. After your new carpet is installed you are pleased with the way everything turned out, you love the color and how soft it feels underfoot.

You upload photos of your beautiful new carpet on your social media page and are looking forward to inviting your family over for the holidays! You recommend the carpet retailer to your friends and co-workers and post a positive review of your experience for the carpet retailer online.

Then a couple of years later you realize that your beautiful new carpet is starting to mat down and look ugly down the hallway and along your main traffic lanes. You try to spot clean these areas and vacuum the areas more often, but it doesn’t seem to help or make it look any better…

Finally as your carpet continues to mat down, you decide to call the carpet dealer to complain and they send someone out to take a look, they take pictures and ask you a lot of questions.

A few weeks later they call you to say your warranty claim for the carpet has been denied for one reason or another. Maybe it’s because there is no warranty coverage for “matting or crushing” of the carpet pile. Maybe it’s blamed on a bad installation job or maybe they blame you for not maintaining the carpet according to the manufacturer’s warranty requirements.

Regardless of their reason for denying your warranty claim, you now have to live with the carpet until you are able to save up enough money to replace it.

 

Don’t let this happen to you! 

Some carpets are designed to tolerate heavy foot traffic and some are not. A good carpet salesperson will make sure you choose a carpet that is capable of tolerating your level of foot traffic you have in your home. Some carpet salespeople are more concerned with “closing the deal” rather than making sure you choose a carpet that is designed meet your needs and goals.

Getting ready to buy new carpet? Here is what I suggest you do. Do your carpet homework… Read through my website and learn my helpful tips, tricks and insider secrets that will help you make wise carpet choices from start to finish. It all free! http://CarpetProfessor.com

Be sure you take my free Carpet Foot Traffic Test to see what grade or quality of carpet you need to meet your needs and goals.

Before you begin shopping for new carpet, visit my Preferred Carpet Dealer Directory to see who I recommend near you. Be sure to print out and use my free discount coupon and get up to $100 off your carpet purchase. Get several bids or estimates from other carpet retailers and be sure to ask for a detailed breakdown of all the charges and fees.

Feel free to email me any carpet questions you may have along your carpet buying journey. – Alan Fletcher aka The Carpet Professor.

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The Carpet Professor

http://www.CarpetProfessor.com – Learn everything you need to know about buying new carpet wisely!

All About Carpet Durability and Foot Traffic for Your Home

How Long Will My Carpet Last? 

All about Carpet Durability, Carpet Cost and specifications

  • All About Carpet Durability and Foot Traffic for Your Home,

  • Carpet Cost, Carpet Durability,

  • How Long Does Carpet Last?

 

There are several carpet specifications that will help determine if a carpet can handle your level of foot traffic. The main factors most homeowners must consider are:

 

Carpet Fibers

There are several different types of carpet fibers to choose from. For example; Nylon is known as the most durable fiber available today and is also the most expensive to manufacture. But not all nylon fibers are created equal. Some are more durable than others and some nylon fibers are made softer than others due to the diameter or “denier” of the strand. The thinner the fiber strand the softer the carpet will feel. But does a softer feel make for a less durable carpet? I think so…

Tuft Twist

When groups of fiber strands are gathered together and twisted they form into “Tufts” These tufts are inserted into the carpet backing to create various styles of carpet. When the tufts are twisted together they use heat to “set” the tufts – similar to how women use a curling iron to curl their hair. The number of twists formed per lineal inch is how they determine the “Tuft Twist” rating. Most plush style carpets have a tuft twist rating of 4 to 6.

Frieze styles are known for having a tuft twist rating of 6 to 8. Generally speaking, the higher the tuft twist rating the longer your carpet will retain it’s “like new” appearance. This is because over time the tufts may begin to lose their twist or “blossom”, causing the carpet to gradually lose it’s like new appearance.. Some carpet fibers are able hold their “twist” better than others and this ability is known as being more “resilient” Nylon is the most resilient carpet fiber available today. Polyester is the least resilient carpet fiber.

Face-Weight

Carpet face-weight is the weight of the fiber that is used to manufacture the carpet pile. Face weights range from 20 ounces to 120 ounces and most residential carpets sold today are between 30 to 60 ounces. Generally speaking, the higher the face-weight, the more durable the carpet will be. But this does not always hold true. If the pile height is too tall, it may be more prone to matting and crushing.  Depending on your level of foot traffic, you may need to limit the pile height and increase the face weight. This is what we call the “Pile Density” rating.

Pile Height /Density Rating

Using a mathematical formula we can take the Pile height and pile face-weight to determine the Pile Density rating. Generally speaking, the higher the pile density the more durable a carpet will be. This holds true more often when the pile height is not too high as to limit the potential for matting and crushing of the pile.  Once the carpet tufts begin to fall over, crush and collapse the carpet will lose its like-new appearance. Some carpet fibers are more prone to matting and crushing than others. With nylon carpet, a good cleaning may help restore the tufts to their original upright position and allow your carpet to regain some or all of its like new appearance.   However, carpets made from other fibers may not yield the same favorable results. What is the best pile height and density rating for the carpet that will best serve your needs and goals? 

Read My Full Article Here

Berber Carpet Cleaning Complaints

Berber Carpet Cleaning Complaints

© By Alan Fletcher

Why do some Berber carpets attract dirt and are hard to keep clean? 

While Berber styles are elegant and beautiful when new, there is a common complaint from homeowners with Berber carpets made with the Olefin fiber. Consumers often report that within a week or two after a professional cleaning, previous spots and stains tend to reappear as if they were never cleaned at all. This is because the Olefin fiber is inherently oily and often makes Olefin hard to clean and prone to attracting dirt like a magnet. Old stains tend to reappear like magic.

Read full article here

Want New Carpet Before the Holidays? Better Hurry!

Need New Carpet installed by Christmas?

©Alan J. Fletcher – Carpet Expert, Consumer Advocate & Webmaster at AbcCarpets.com

If you’ve got friends and relatives coming over for the holidays you might be considering replacing your old worn out carpet. Here are some “insider” tips & tricks to help you choose new carpet wisely, save money and hopefully make sure you have it installed before your holiday guests arrive!

Every year, right after Halloween there is always a hot rush to buy new carpet, but some homeowners end up waiting too long and discover that they can’t get their new carpet installed in time for Christmas and other holiday events.

There are two ways to buy new carpet; Buying “in stock” carpet from local carpet retailer or ordering from a manufacturer’s carpet sample and wait for your new carpet to be shipped on a truck from Dalton Georgia.

Buying “In Stock” Carpet

If you want your new carpet installed fastest, you might want to consider buying carpet that is available locally “in stock” There are always plenty of rolls of carpet readily available for immediate installation at local carpet retailers. The main benefit is that you can have it installed rather quickly and the prices can be quite reasonable.

The downside is that the carpet selection is usually limited to stock on-hand; it can be difficult to determine the grade or quality of the carpet in question; the carpet may be “second grade” goods and there might not be any manufacturer’s warranty coverage.

Ordering New Carpet from the Manufacturer

Every carpet retailer has carpet samples that you can take home and consider for a few days. The benefit of ordering new carpet from the mill is that you are guaranteed to get “first quality” carpet and you will always get the full manufacturer’s warranty. You also have the benefit of selecting the exact grade or quality you require and choose the color and style that you really want.

The downside is that you will have to wait for the carpet to be shipped before you can have it installed. It can take one to four weeks for your carpet to arrive, perhaps longer if the weather is bad or unforeseen problems arise.

If you decide to order from a sample, then you need to make sure you have your home measured accurately and place your order as soon as possible.

To help ensure you get your new carpet installed in time for the holidays:

  • If you want your new carpet installed before Thanksgiving, you should place your order no later than October 26th.
  • If you want you have your new carpet installed before December 24th, you should place your order before November 23th.
  • If you want your new carpet installed before January 30th, you should place your order no later than November 28th.

Every retailer has a different timeframe for scheduling installations so check with your local dealer as soon as possible. Take the time to do your carpet homework and you will stand the best chance of choosing new carpet wisely, saving money and having your new carpet installed long before your holiday guests arrive!

How to Choose the Right Carpet for YOU!

In order to save the absolute most money possible and get the whole job done correctly from start to finish, you need to make wise & informed choices. I have dozens of pages and articles posted on my website that you can freely access to learn about how to buy new carpet wisely. In order to be completely satisfied with your New Carpet purchase you need to consider all the following and more:

Selecting the Right Carpet

The carpet samples you see at the carpet store may look and feel great, but some carpets will mat down and begin to wear out within a year or two. You can’t tell if a carpet is well-made just by its look or feel. You need to know how to interpret all the various carpet specifications to determine if the carpet will be a suitable choice for you.

The main 4 carpet specifications are: Fiber type; Tuft twist; Face-weight and Pile density. Homeowners need access to complete and accurate product information in order to make wise and informed carpet choices. This information is normally found on a label affixed to the back of every carpet sample. Learn what these specifications mean and how to interpret them on my website.

Good Advice

Homeowners often rely on the advice and suggestions of carpet salespeople. Unfortunately, some carpet retailers hire salespeople who are good at selling, but lack sufficient carpet knowledge and experience. Don’t allow the salesperson to make carpet or padding choices for you.

Selecting the right carpet padding

Selecting the right padding is very important. Padding has three main specifications to consider depending on your needs and goals. It’s important that you select the right type, thickness and density rating that is appropriate to your carpet selection and application. Some pads are better for use on stairs; some are better for basement applications; and it’s important that you meet the carpet manufacturer’s padding requirements or you might void your new carpet warranty.

Where to Shop for Carpet

Depending on where you live, you may have limited choices as to where you can conveniently shop for new carpet for your home. In rural areas, there are usually fewer choices and you may need to drive to a more populated area to have more choices and better options. Not all carpet stores carry the same grade and price point of carpet. Some carpet retailers cater to high end clientele while others cater to apartment owners or “do-it-yourself” customers. Visit a local carpet retailer with a good selection of the styles, quality level and pricing of carpet that you are interested in buying.

Proper Installation

Many carpet stores have a hard time finding qualified carpet installers. Installed wrong, your new carpet can lose half its intended life span. It is your responsibility to make sure your carpet is installed correctly. On my website you can find out how to determine if your installer is properly licensed, bonded and insured to install your carpet in your state, what questions to ask and how to check references. Print out and use my free Carpet Installation Inspection Form and do a thorough walk-through with your carpet installer when he is finished and before he leaves the jobsite.

Visit www.AbcCarpets.com to learn more…You can:

  • Take my Free Carpet Foot Traffic Test to learn what grade of carpet you need to buy based on your own personal needs and goals.
  • Print out my Free Carpet Shopping Form!
  • Print out my Free Carpet Installation Inspection Form
  • Have carpet buying questions?  Free email service: “Ask the Carpet Expert”
  • Buy from a Reputable Carpet Dealer! See my list of Preferred Carpet Dealers!

Alan’s Best Carpet Cleaner Directory at AbcCarpets.com

Alan’s Best Carpet Cleaner Directory, a useful new resource and guide by Alan Fletcher, founder of AbcCarpets.com, a popular carpet information website for consumers. 

Anyone searching for an honest & reputable carpet cleaning company will soon have free access to a special hand-picked list of locally owned & reputable Carpet Cleaning Companies, each who will have passed Fletcher’s strict requirements and guidelines for inclusion.

Fletcher says that creating a list of recommended carpet cleaning companies was an obvious decision due to the sheer number of consumer complaints filed every year with the Better Business Bureau.

“Carpet cleaning scams are so prevalent because it’s difficult for consumers to determine which companies are honest and which are not. One common scam attracts new customers with a discount coupon but use high pressure sales tactics and charge a much higher price once inside your home,” says Fletcher

“Since I’ve already helped over a million homeowners find a reputable carpet dealer and learn how to buy new carpet wisely, providing a list of my recommended carpet cleaning companies will be another great reason to visit my website,” claims Fletcher.

Fletcher has long touted the importance of proper carpet care and maintenance. “You’ve got to take proper care of your carpet if you want it to last as long as possible. Frequent vacuuming and regular professional cleanings is very important,” advises Fletcher.

“Every carpet manufacturer now requires professional cleanings on a regular basis to keep their warranty in force,” warns Fletcher. “And you’ve got to keep your receipts or any warranty claim will be denied”

According to Fletcher, his carpet cleaner directory will be of the home-grown variety, not like those computer generated lists that homeowners are forced to wade through while searching for useful information. “I like to keep it simple and I know my readers appreciate that,” said Fletcher

“My list is not like the yellow pages that show every carpet cleaner in town, I limit my recommendation to just one or two Certified Carpet Cleaning companies for an entire community,” Fletcher reports. “My goal is to make it easy for consumers to save time & money, to avoid scams and have their carpets cleaned properly!”

Fletcher says it will take about three months to complete the first phase of his new Carpet Cleaner Directory. He will officially launch Alan’s Best Carpet Cleaner Directory on June 21st, 2011. Until then Homeowners are invited to visit his website at any time during the construction process but the number of recommended carpet cleaners will be limited.

Interested parties can email Alan@AbcCarpets.com or visit AbcCarpets.com for free consumer carpet information and advice.

 

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How To Choose Carpet Like A Pro

Looking to buy new carpet? Regardless of what you might read online or hear from retail carpet salespeople, choosing the right carpet is not an easy task. The average homeowner doesn’t know very much about carpet and especially what makes one carpet better than another.

In order for a carpet salesperson to be able to help a homeowner effectively choose the right grade of carpet, a lot of very specific questions need to be asked and answered and then if the salesperson is qualified, can they accurately recommend a suitable carpet to the consumer. 

Unfortunately, darn few carpet salespeople have sufficient product knowledge to be qualified to advise homeowners. Those who I find are qualified are usually related to a well established family-owned floor covering business.

It always amazes me when I look through the help wanted ads and see “no experience necssary” for a carpet sales position. Corporately owned carpet retailers often use Monster.com to attract and hire salespeople. It’s obvious that the employer is more concerned about finding candidates with high sales closing rates than product knowledge or industry experience. 

What does that mean for you the consumer? Your needs and goals are not their main concern, they just want to get the sale no matter what they have to say or do to get it. Here’s the requirements from a  recent help wanted I found for a nationally owned carpet chain:

Education and Experience Requirements for Flooring Sales:

  • High school diploma
  • 1-2 years retail sales experience and/or customer service experience
  • Requires evenings and partial weekends
  • Professional, neat, clean-cut appearance
  • Product knowledge preferred

Product knowledge is preferred, but not necessary? Is this the salesperson you want advising you? It sounds like they would be willing to hire just about anyone. The reason is, there are not very many qualified carpet and flooring salespeople out there!

You might want to bypass the need for a carpet salesperson’s advice, but  you will need to do your own carpet research. Then you can use your own knowledge  to choose the right carpet that will meet your needs and goals and still be within your budget. I can help you accomplish that.

Start by taking my free Carpet Foot Traffic Test to see what grade of carpet will work best in your home.  http://www.homecarpetshopping.com/carpet_foot_traffic_test.htm 

When you’re done taking my foot traffic test,  continue on to my website and read my free articles to learn all about how to buy carpet wisely and avoid getting ripped off. Feel free to email me if you have any carpet questions and be sure to check out my Preferred Carpet Dealers at AbcCarpets.com

Alan Fletcher

Carpet Expert and Consumer Advocate

Website: AbcCarpets.com

email: Alan@abccarpets.com

Carpet Install Cost – Common Fees and Charges

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

How Much Does Carpet Installation Cost? Typical Carpet Layer Pricing.

New Carpet Installation prices?

How much does it cost to have carpet installed? If you are looking to find out how much it costs to install new carpet I have all the answers you need.

In different parts of the country, (The USA) the price of carpet installation may be higher or lower depending on the supply and demand. In our current down economy, there are a lot more hungry carpet installers out there looking for work. This is good news for those consumers who have money to spend on home renovations and are willing to do a little legwork to find a qualified carpet installer and negotiate a good deal. I bet you can negotiate as much as 30% off their normal carpet installation charge, especially if you are willing to pay them in cash at the end of the day.

Buyer beware: print out my free carpet installation checklist. You want to be sure your carpet is installed right the first time!

Getting the job done right, regardless of cost.

The main thing you want to be sure of, is that the carpet installers use a power-stretcher to install your carpet. Gone are the days where a simple knee-kicker will do the trick unless you’re installing cheap carpet in a very small room on a very hot day. Carpet needs to be stretched in tight, and the only way to insure this is to use a power-stretcher. If they don’t use a powerstretcher, then find an installer that does! Otherwise you might void your warranty!

Cheapest Carpet Installation Costs!

In the southern states, there is much more competition and carpet installation prices are much lower. For example, in Miami, Florida you can get carpet installed for less than $2.00 per yard. I’m not saying it would be a qualified install, but there are plenty of hungry people in the area willing to work very hard for little money. Making sure your carpet installer is qualified is up to you. Don’t assume that every carpet installer is qualified to install your carpet. In fact, I believe that less than 35% of all carpet installers are properly trained.

The States with the lowest carpet installation costs have typically been Florida, Texas, New Mexico, and southern California. Other southern states like Louisiana, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Arkansas and Southern Arizona have fairly inexensive carpet labor and installation costs.

I am not suggesting you go for the lowest installation price, in fact, getting your carpet installed properly is extremely important if you want your carpet to last as long as it was intended. I go into great detail in my incredible money-saving ebook, The Complete Carpet Buying Guide. It’s only $14.95 and I guarantee it will save you ten times that or your money refunded!

The northern states are the highest priced which includes Northern California, Oregon, Washington State and the Northeatern States including New York, Ohio, Illinois, West Virginia, and Connecticut. I find that Midwest States have their share of hungry installers too, especially in Tennessee, Georgia, Missouri, Kansas, Idaho, Utah and Nebraska.

The Real Numbers:

You can expect to pay at least $2.50 per yard for installation in the southern states and as much as $6.50 per yard in northern states.

Some Carpet Retailers Pad Installation Costs.

Some carpet retailers choose make additional profits by padding the installation charges, often adding as much as 25% to the total installation cost. I feel this is an unfair charge to the consumer. Carpet retailers already make a fair and reasonable profit from the carpet and pad. Charging more for installation costs is unwarranted and unethical in my opinion. If your carpet retailer has higher than usual installation costs, you might want to shop around to see if other nearby carpet stores have lower and more reasonable installation prices. The main thing is to get qualified installation at a reasonable price, not just the cheapest installation you can find!

Beyond the basic carpet installation

Some carpet retailers and home improvement stores offer low-cost specials on carpet installation. Some of these specials are just too good to be true. $37 for carpet installation sounds good when you hear about it, but in the end, is it really as good as it sounds? Not always. Their basic carpet installation price does not include any extras. If your carpet installation job needs any extras, then you may find that the final bill for yor carpet install will be much higher than you originally expected. Don’t assume that their super low price for installation is valid in your situation. When your carpet is installed, you may be faced with a sizable final bill that you did not expect.

It’s the unexpected extra fees and charges that can add up in a hurry if you’re not careful. Installing carpet on stairs will almost always demand an additional charge. Depending on the type of stairs you have it may cost anywhere from $3 for each standard box step to as much as $15 per step for a double-wrapped stair with a pattern match Berber. The longer it takes to upholster a step the more it will cost. The standard flight of stairs will usually cost about $75 to $125 in addition to the cost of carpet installation.

Other unexpected carpet installation costs.

Removing the old carpet and padding.

Tearing out of the old carpet and padding can be anywhere from fifty cents per yard to $3.00 per yard. They may also try to add on a dump fee of $10 to $50 depending on how much old carpet and pad you have. A good carpet team of three can remove 100 yards of carpet and pad in less than an hour. I think $2.00 per yard is more than enough to remove the old carpet and padding and haul it away. Most carpet retailers have a dumpster available onsite for their installers to use. I don’t think a dump fee of more than $25 is a fair charge unless they don’t have a dumpster and they have to take the old carpet to the landfill or recycling center.

Installing new tackless strips.

All new construction will require that new tackstrips be installed. It’s easier to install tack strips on a wood floor than on a concrete slab. The fee for new tack strips on wood might be an additional 25 or 50 cents per yard. The fee for installing tackstrips over concrete might be an additional $1 per yard or more. In existing homes with damaged tackstrips that need to be replaced, the fee should be about $2.00 per each four foot section.

Some installers charge by the hour to do any work that is preliminary to the installation. In this case, It’s usually about $50 per hour (per person). This includes moving furniture, sealing floors and doing any floor patching, leveling or dry rot repairs.

Transitions

The carpet will meet other flooring types and must have a transition of some type. Examples are: Carpet to vinyl, carpet to hardwoods, carpet to vinyl tiles, and carpet to ceramic tiles are some of the possibilities.

Transitions can be made of wood, metal, rubber or plastic. Each transition is available in different quality levels and depending on the application, the correct transition must be used to ensure a long life without failing. The cost of transitions vary widely and should be discussed with your carpet estimator/retailer before the bid final is drawn up. The cheapest gold or silver colored transitions are generally priced at $1-$2 per foot. A rubber transition in a utilitarian application should cost about $3-$5 per foot. A transition of prefinished hardwood can easily cost $5 to $20 per foot. Brass or other specialized transitions can be quite costly.

Threshholds are another story. If your front or back door is in need of a new threshhold, plan on spending at least $50 for a new one. Usually these are made of aluminum and have to be cut to fit. If you want a snazzy threshhold made of a prefinished hardwood, expect to pay much more. Installing a new threshhold is not always a quick and easy job and may require expert finish-contractor capabilities.

Trimming doors

If your new carpet is thicker than the last carpet installed in your home, your doors may need to be trimmed at the bottom. If your installer is qualified and well equipped to do this, then the charge can be anywhere from $10 per door to $50 per door depending on what your doors are made of. Trimming the bottom of doors is not a job for the inexperienced. It is not easy to do correctly and it is easy to ruin a door if it is not done properly.

You can’t just run a skillsaw or jigsaw along the bottom of a door and expect it to look nice when you are done. Some woods like pine or mahogany will easily splinter and fray on the backside and end up looking horrible unless you have the proper sawblade and take steps to keep this from happening. Again, depending on what type of wood your doors are made of will determine how to trim your doors without damaging them. If in doubt, call in a skilled carpenter.

If you want more information about carpet installation costs or how to find a qualified carpet installer please visit my free carpet information website at http://www.abccarpets.com/

Locate a Preferred Carpet Store near you!

Please visit Alan’s Preferred Carpet Dealer Directory at http://www.abccarpets.com

Each carpet retailer listed in Alan’s directory is hand-picked and must pass stringent requirements in order to be included in this consumer-friendly National Carpet Dealer Directory.

Alan Fletcher is a 30-year carpet and flooring expert and a consumer advocate for over a decade. Alan’s goal is to help consumers choose the right carpet, find the best carpet deals, locate qualified carpet installers and avoid common carpet scams.

Visit Alan’s Network of Free Carpet Buying Information:

http://www.abccarpets.com/
http://www.howtobuycarpet.com/
http://www.homecarpetshopping.com/
http://www.landlordfloors.com/
http://www.carpetsupersite.com/

Looking for other types of Flooring Products?

http://www.homefloorguide.com is a Free Flooring Resource Guide for Homeowners. All types of flooring products are discussed in depth, including application, selection, installation and maintenance issues.  Helpful information and advice is provided by Alan Fletcher, a 30-year veteran of the flooring business.