Why do most homeowners overpay for new Carpet and Flooring?
It’s because they fail to do their homework! By doing a few hours of research, most homeowners can save a ton of money and end up selecting the right grade of carpet or flooring product that will meet or exceed their goals, lifestyle and overall expectations.
I have written dozens of online pages on my websites which contain valuable content that you can use to help you make wise and informed carpet and flooring selections.
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If you have active pets, kids and teenagers like I’ve had, you know first-hand how hard it is to keep your carpet looking nice.
When your child spills grape juice or drops a peanut butter and jelly sandwich face-down on your carpet, it takes more than a just few minutes to get those stains to come out!
I also had two cats… that for some reason would vomit on the carpet quite often. I never did find out why they do this but I get plenty of emails from other homeowners who have the exact same problem!
My wife and I had four kids and they were all born about 2 years apart. So having a one-year old, a three-year old a five-year old and seven-year old kept us running both day and night!
How I survived 4 kids and 2 cats
Since I am a carpet installer, I had the ability to change our family room carpet at a much lower cost than most homeowners.
But that doesn’t mean you should have to pay a fortune to replace your carpet on a regular basis if you have active children, teens or pets.
In my free and unbiased articles posted on my websites you will learn many powerful insider secrets to buying the right grade of carpet for your home and how to negotiate a fair and square deal.
If you want to buy a carpet to last for 3 to 5 years… Don’t spend more than you need to!
Best Carpet For Kids Rooms? You can buy a decent looking nylon carpet that will last for three years or more for less than $16 per square yard installed with pad! That’s about $350 for a 12′ x 15′ room including tax.
Where to find this deal? You will need to shop at a locally owned carpet store that has rolls of carpet in-stock. The carpet you want is often referred to as builders grade or apartment grade carpet.
You want carpet made of nylon, not polyester.
The face-weight should be about 30 ounces. It is designed to last for 3 to 5 years.
Your choice of colors will be limited, usually earth tones.
The padding you should select is a 4-pound density, 7/16″ Rebond.
On the other hand, if you want to buy a carpet that can last for 10, 15 or 20 years, then I can help you choose the right gradeto meet your needs and goals.
Take a look at all my free articles to learn more about choosing the right grade of carpet and padding for your active children, teenagers and pets!
If you don’t have kids teens or pets, then your choices will increase and your new carpet will last years longer, that is if you care for it properly! Learn more: How to Choose New Carpet Like a Pro!
By Alan Fletcher – Carpet Expert and Consumer advocate
Learn what questions you need to ask and what you need to do before,during and after you have new carpet installed in your home!
Learn little-known insider tricks and tips to make sure you get the job done right the first time and what you must do to keep your new carpet warranty in force. Discover smart ways to ensure you side-step common consumer mishaps and avoid costly carpet buying and installation problems and mistakes.
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.
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.
How long will my carpet last? There are several carpet specifications that will help determine how long a particular carpet can tolerate your level of foot traffic.
The main factors most homeowners must consider are:
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…
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.
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? Take my free carpet foot-traffic test.