Carpet Styles – Popular Carpet Styles; Berber, Plush, Frieze…

Popular Carpet Styles; Berber, Plush, Frieze…

Choosing the right Carpet Style can be challenging. Here is a guide to help you sort it all out and allow you to make a wise and informed carpet selection. While Berber styles are popular, they are not always a good choice for those with active children or pets. Regardless of what carpet style you decide on, you must make sire to choose a grade that is capable of withstanding your level of foot traffic. I have created a Free Carpet Foot Traffic Test to help you determine what grade or quality  of carpet will be best for you.

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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!

Buying Carpet From Lowe’s, Home Depot, Empire Today or Costco?

Hi! I am a retired carpet expert and consumer advocate. If you are considering buying new carpet from a big box retailer I would like to ask you to read my free article before you sign on the dotted line. If I can, I hope to educate you a little bit about the carpet business and how you can save money, choose your new carpet wisely and ultimately be very happy with your carpet purchase – No matter who you choose to buy from!

Here is a litle taste of what you will read on my free carpet information website;

  • Big box retailers, these Giant Nationallly advertized Carpet Retailers contract out to OTHER companies to facilitate their carpet sales, including carpet measuring and carpet installation services.
  • If you ever have a carpet problem or complaint, you may have a hard time knowing who to contact for a remedy. Homeowners often discover that no one is willing accept responsibility for making things right.

I am the only free and unbiased carpet information source for homeowners on the internet and I don’t sell carpet or own a carpet store. I really enjoy helping homeowners learn how to choose new carpet wisely and how to avoid carpet scams and save money on new carpet! Check out my website for more information!

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How To Buy New Carpet Wholesale

By Alan Fletcher aka The Carpet Professor

In this free report by Alan Fletcher, aka The Carpet Professor, homeowners can learn all about how to buy new carpet at near wholesale prices from online carpet resellers.

These carpet resellers are mostly located at or near Dalton, Georgia, which is well-known as the Carpet manufacturing Capital of the World!

These Carpet resellers all have a website and a toll-free phone number to make it easy to see what products they have to offer and how to contact them if you are interested in a particular carpet or product they have in stock. They are willing to send you some free  samples (small swatches) for you to inspect and consider for any carpet or product that you are interested in purchasing.

Any homeowner can easily save up to 70% off new carpet if you know exactly what to do and how to do it without making simple but costly carpet buying mistakes. You are responsible for all shipping costs.

Learn The Secrets to Choosing New Carpet Wisely. Order my Carpet Buying Guide. It’s just $9.99 at Amazon.com 

 

The Devil is in the Details!

You need to learn everything you can about all the ins and outs of buying new carpet from online carpet wholesalers. Do it right and you stand to save a ton of money. Do it wrong and you stand to lose a ton of money. Don’t take chances.

Don’t make the mistake of thinking you are smarter then they are. They have been in business of selling carpet and flooring for decades. If you choose poorly, or don’t read all the fine print, you will surely regret the final outcome.

It’s not easy to buy new carpet from online carpet resellers and it takes time to learn exactly what carpet will be the best choice for you, your needs, your goals, your lifestyle and your budget. Get any of these critical aspects wrong and you stand to lose hundreds if not thousands. Don’t worry, there is hope for you!

I can show you how to avoid many of the most common homeowner pitfalls including; How to select the right grade of carpet, and how to use my best tips & tricks and tidbits to help negotiate your best carpet deal.

These so-called nationally advertised wholesale carpet resellers are known by many different names but they all offer new carpet at deep discounts. Your job is to make sure you by the right carpet at the right price and have it installed properly. It’s not as easy as most homeowners think!

How to Buy Carpet Wholesale Online

There are plenty of honest and reputable carpet wholesalers and a few unscrupulous carpet wholesalers that you need to avoid. But even if you buy from an honest and reputable wholesaler, you still need to know how to do it right. They are in business to sell tons of carpet every day, every month and every year and they don’t have time to educate you or hold your hand every step of the way.

You must:

  • Know exactly what carpet you are buying, (brand, style, fiber, quality, price, specifications, durability, shipping cost etc.)
  • Know the terms of the contract, including return policies and warranty.
  • Avoid verbal promises. Every detail must be written into the contract.
  • Know your consumer rights and responsibilities.
  • Understand how the purchase process works from start to finish and what you are expected to do.
  • Take the time to make sure every “T” is crossed and “I” is dotted.

You can save a lot of money on new carpet if you do it right, but the key is to be well-informed. In this report, I explain the potential benefits and common pitfalls that you might encounter when you buying carpet online from a Dalton Georgia Carpet outlet store. You have a lot to gain, but you also have a lot to lose. Knowledge is power and I can help you be a winner.

Come one come all…The call to great savings…

Internet ads, pop-ups, banner and display ads all shout “Buy Carpet Wholesale!” These are very common words on the internet these days. Is it really true that you can buy new carpet at wholesale prices? The answer is yes, sort of. Well, maybe. It’s quite possible. Let me explain.

The truth is, buying carpet from any online source can be hazardous to your pocketbook if you don’t know what you are doing. On the other hand, you stand to save a ton of money if you take the time to learn how to buy carpet “wisely”. You need to understand how the carpet business works before you can make it work in your favor. The first thing you must do is know what grade of carpet you need to buy. I have created a free carpet foot traffic test to help you figure it out. http://www.homecarpetshopping.com/carpet_foot_traffic_test.htm

Buying carpet wholesale is not for everyone.

You have to be able to spend a lot of time talking to salespeople on the phone ordering samples, probing, investigating and researching, comparing prices and products, interviewing carpet installers and preparing your home for the carpet delivery and the final event of having your carpet installed. It truly is a major event that requires making lots of phone calls, sending and receiving emails, ordering and viewing carpet samples and keeping track of all the details.

It can be mind-boggling and its way too much work for some people, and I don’t want you to think it will be a quick and easy task. It takes time to work out all the details, and it could take weeks before you get the whole job done. If you try to do it too fast, you could easily end up making a costly mistake and unhappy with the end result. You don’t want that. But you do want to save some money, right?  

A quick, easy and safe way to buy new carpet!

If you’ve ever been inside a locally owned carpet showroom no doubt you’ve seen the racks of new carpet samples. If you choose to buy from a local dealer you just visit the store, decide what grade of carpet you need and can afford, take a few samples home, settle on a carpet style and color you like and place your order. In a week or two the manufacturer will ship your new carpet to the retailer where you bought it. Their installers will load up the carpet and pad into their van and bring it all to your home and install it. You can usually get the whole job done in about two or three weeks. The local carpet retailer takes care of all the details while you sit back and relax. When it’s all finished you just write them a check. Ah! No worries, but you do end up paying a little more for all the great service.

When you buy carpet from a Dalton carpet wholesaler, you can surely save money, but it takes a lot more time and effort on your part, and there is much more risk involved. You have to take care of all the arrangements from start to finish, including finding your own carpet installer.

What is discounted carpet? 

Giant carpet manufacturers like Mohawk and Shaw make thousands of rolls of carpet every month. They have strict manufacturing specifications they must adhere to. If they make a roll of carpet that doesn’t make the grade, they will sell it as “seconds” to any carpet outlet store at a discount. These rolls of carpet usually have something wrong with them. It could be a color streaking problem or the dye was off color. There could be missing tufts or other surface defects. The backing could be defective.

You may never know why the mill sold it as seconds and that could come back to bite you. They all say that they sell first-quality goods and you might just believe them. But should you find something wrong with your new carpet you might need to ship the carpet back. That can be costly and inconvenient to say the least.

Sometimes carpet makers will discontinue a certain style or color and sell off all they have in stock to make room for a new style or color. In this case, there may not be anything physically wrong with the carpet, but the discount won’t be as attractive as those with an obvious or known defect. The mill will sell the carpet to the highest bidder or for what they feel it’s worth. Trust me; they know how much carpet is worth.

What does wholesale mean? True wholesale is when you buy directly from the manufacturer. Consumers cannot buy carpet directly from the carpet manufacturer; you must buy from an approved carpet reseller and they will certainly make a profit on the purchase. This means that if you buy from any online carpet reseller, you will not be buying carpet wholesale, but at a significant discount.

How to buy carpet at a discount.

Competition in the carpet business is fierce, so in order to compete for your business, wholesale carpet outlets advertise heavily and they use the internet to attract customers from all over the world. There are literally hundreds of carpet outlet stores in the state of Georgia, with billboards lined up all the way down the interstate highways.

Most carpet resellers have websites with photos and descriptions of their available products, specials, detailed installation information, customer testimonials, free price quotes and all about buying carpet or other flooring products from them. Sounds good so far, right? Not so fast!

There are a few ground rules you need to be aware of before you start shopping for discounted carpet online. First, I never recommend buying carpet from any online source that does not have a physical location and a good reputation, as verifiable through the local Better Business Bureau. Some carpet resellers are middlemen with a website, an office and an 800 number; they don’t have a warehouse full of carpet. They sell carpet from a long list that other carpet resellers provide; who do have a warehouse full of carpet.

Some Dalton Georgia carpet resellers are well-known from having national media attention, and national television ads but that doesn’t mean you should let your guard down. Second, don’t believe everything a carpet salesperson tells you. No matter what questions you might ask, they might just tell you what you want to hear. “Sure, we can do that for you, no problem!” If promises are made, no matter how insignificant, get it all in writing before you sign on the dotted line.

The fine print can catch you off guard!

Dalton outlet stores sell products such as carpet, vinyl, hardwood, laminate, and area rugs at deep discounts. Many items they feature are seconds, close-outs, roll-ends, overstock specials, cabin-grade wood, promotional carpets, and other discounted floor coverings. You need to be absolutely sure about what you buy from them because there are NO RETURNS on any discounted goods, period.

However, if you order first quality goods and are unsatisfied, you can return your carpet as long you bought the full roll (more than 30 yards) and it is unopened and uncut. Here’s the catch…There is a substantial re-stocking fee imposed of at least 15% and the customer is responsible for all return shipping costs. Special orders may be returned with a re-stock fee up to 70% and the customer is responsible for all return shipping costs.

Return shipping could cost you hundreds.

What can go wrong? Maybe the carpet got wet or damaged during transport. Maybe they sent the wrong color, you may order a 45-ounce carpet and a 38-ounce carpet shows up. These are all common occurrences. Mistakes do happen and sometimes carpet has defects that are unforeseen. If there is a problem with the carpet it is your responsibility to prove it, document it, get photos, have it inspected, and eventually get authorization to return it and then hire a trucking company to pick up the carpet and return the carpet at your expense.

Shipping a roll of carpet back to the vendor can cost you hundreds of dollars and be very difficult and time consuming. Just because you only paid $80 to have the carpet shipped to you does not mean that it will only cost you $80 to ship it back. These carpet sellers have negotiated a special arrangement with the shipping company to get huge discounts for volume, you don’t. It could easily cost you hundreds to ship a heavy roll of carpet back to where it came from!

You are also responsible for getting the roll of carpet wrapped up properly and put into the delivery truck. The trucking company does not show up with a forklift to move your carpet from your garage to the back of their truck. The driver will not lift a finger to help you, as it is not his job. When the shipping truck (carrier) arrives, it is your responsibility to quickly get the roll of carpet out of your garage (assuming that’s where it is) and loaded into the back of the delivery truck. Not an easy task when many rolls of carpet weigh in at over 500 pounds or more and opening to the back of the delivery truck is over four feet high.

The fact is, once you buy a roll of carpet, you own it. This is where they have you over a barrel. They know that once you figure out how difficult it is to ship it back and how much it’s going to cost, you will likely decide to forget it and live with your defective carpet. Maybe you can sell it in your local newspaper or Craigslist. This is a very common problem that many unsuspecting homeowners experience every day.

How to Buy Carpet Wholesale Wisely

On the other hand, you can save a ton of money if you know exactly what you are doing and do all your carpet homework. In my 2011 Carpet Buying Guide, I explain how the entire carpet buying process works if you choose to buy from a Georgia carpet wholesaler. Learn more on my website at http://www.AbcCarpets.com

©Alan J. Fletcher – Consumer Advocate and Author of “The Complete Carpet Buying Guide” ($14.95) is available at Amazon.com as a kindle ebook or as an instant download at http://www.AbcCarpets.com

State License, Bond and Insurance Requirements for Carpet and Flooring Installers

Is your Carpet Installer Licensed, Bonded and Insured? Here’s how to find out!

Having new carpet installed soon? Looking for a qualified carpet or flooring installer? Be sure to hire a Carpet layer or Carpet subcontractor with a valid state license, a surety bond and business liability insurance.  Click here to check and verify to make sure your carpet installer is in compliance with your state regulations.  

Seeking contractor license verification? Wondering who to call to check and verify a subcontractors license, bond or insurance coverage?

Wondering how to find a qualified and competent carpet installer?

See my Top ten questions to ask before you hire ANY carpet or flooring installer.  How to be sure you are not scammed or ripped-off!  How to avoid common homeowner pitfalls

Many states now require carpet and flooring installers to be licensed bonded and insured. This is designed to protect the homeowner in case of shoddy workmanship or to cover any damages or injuries caused by the contractor. You should always call your state or local agency to make sure whoever you hire to do work on or inside your home or business is properly licensed, bonded and insured according to the State and Local Laws where you live.

If a license is not required in your state you should still hire a contractor who has liability insurance. This will protect you in the event there is any damage caused by the contractor.  Ask to see a copy of his insurance policy and call the insurance company to verify it is in effect. You can also ask that your name and jobsite address be named on the policy to ensure you are fully covered. The insurance company will be happy to mail or fax you a copy of the policy showing you as covered under the contractor’s policy.

You can also check to see  if there have been any prior complaints filed against the contractor in question. Some state or local agencies keep records of complaints or judgements filed against contractors.

Why is it SO important to only hire carpet installers who have LIABILITY INSURANCE?

Liability insurance typically covers property damage or bodily injury caused by the contractor that occur as a result of the contractor’s work. 

Limitations on insurance contracts vary widely and policy exclusions for specific exposures are common. It’s important for you to understand the coverage your contractor has in place and you should ask your contractor what  his liability insurance policy limits are and what  losses the policy may or may not cover.

Most liability insurance policy limits for carpet layers or flooring installers are at or above $1,000,000 in overall coverage, perhaps depending on the size and scope of the contractor’s business, number of employees and annual sales volume.

Why is it SO important to only hire carpet installers who have a SURETY BOND?

A Surety Bond Protects homeowners from shoddy workmaship and will help pay the cost of removing, repairing or replacing bad or incompetent work by the contractor. It is common to have a $5,000, $10,000 or a $20,000 surety bond depending on the size and scope of the contractor’s business, number of employees and annual sales volume.

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The Carpet PAR Rating System (P.A.R.)

Understanding The P.A.R. Carpet Rating System

One of the ways carpet manufacturers have attempted to help consumers select a suitable carpet is with the P.A.R. Rating System, which stands for Performance, Appearance and Retention. These are three big words that mean very little to most carpet-buying consumers.

I get emails every day from people who want to know what the PAR rating system is and how it works. Sadly, it is a very confusing system that doesn’t really help most consumers make the right carpet choice. Even carpet salespeople are confused about what the PAR numbers mean.

If I were going to design a simple system to rate carpet quality I would call it something more understandable like: The C.A.T. Carpet Rating System. It would help consumers choose the right carpet based on their number of Children, Animals and Teens! These are three real-life factors that need to be considered when choosing the right carpet for you!

The PAR carpet rating system, created by Shaw Industries, designates a number from one-to-five, rating carpet durability based on a typical “family-of-four” scenario. While I’m sure they go through a lot of trouble and expense to provide this rating system, I personally think it falls short of being a trustworthy gauge for consumers. I believe the system is outdated and uses variables too limited in scope and vision.

I think the PAR Rating System is not a trustworthy gauge of “real life” carpet durability; the parameters are too narrow and inconsistent across the board with various styles of carpet. What does this mean? After 30 years in the carpet business I know one thing for sure, there is no such thing as a typical family of four!

Obviously, I do not put much faith in the PAR rating system and do not recommend any consumer rely on the PAR rating system solely to determine which grade of carpet can effectively meet their needs and goals.

My advice: When you decide to buy new carpet, you need to ask yourself some important questions before you should decide on which carpet to buy.

These questions are:

  • What is the level-of-foot-traffic in my home?
  • How long do I want my carpet to last?
  • How much carpet do I need?
  • How much does carpet, carpet padding and installation cost?
  • What is my budget for this project?
  • Which carpet style should I select?
  • What carpet pile thickness, density and face-weight should I select?
  • What quality or grade of carpet will meet my needs, goals and lifestyle?
  • Where can I find the best deal on the right carpet?

These questions are the tip of the iceberg!  Do you want to save hundreds on your next carpet purchase? To get an idea about what grade of carpet you need in your home take my free Carpet Foot Traffic Test.

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