7 Carpet Buying Secrets Revealed – Carpet Professor

The Carpet Professor Reveals 7 Carpet Buying Secrets To Help You Choose New Carpet Wisely, Avoid Retail Carpet Scams and Save Money!

Carpet Buying Secrets Revealed By The Carpet Professor

Carpet Buying Secret #1

Your level of foot-traffic and years of service you expect dictates what grade of carpet you need to buy.

Q. What is Your Level of Foot-Traffic?
Low, Medium, Moderate, Heavy?

Crowded Livingroom

Q. How long do you want your new carpet to last?
5 years, 10 years, 20 years?

These are the first two most important factors you need to consider because the Carpet and Padding you choose must be able to tolerate your own unique level of foot-traffic you have in your home or your new carpet will not last as long as you want.

For example, if you expect your new Carpet to last at least 10 years, how will you feel when it actually wears out in less than 5 years? This is what can happen if you choose a grade of carpet that is not capable of tolerating your level of foot-traffic.

How to Determine Your Level Of Foot-Traffic?

The last thing you want is to buy new carpet that mats down quickly, wears out and looks ugly fast. This is the #1 problem homeowners face today. To avoid making this costly carpet buying mistake, start by taking my free Carpet Foot-Traffic Test.

It will help you determine what grade of carpet you need to select, based on your own unique needs, goals and lifestyle.


1. Take your time when shopping for new carpet! Learn how to make wise and informed choices! Visit my Sitemap to view all my free carpet articles.

2. Use my free Carpet Shopping Form. Take several copies with you while you shop. This form will help you compare products, choose wisely and narrow-down your final selection.

3. Print out all my free checklists, forms, charts, guides and coupons here. It’s great to have access to all this useful information whenever you need it. Take it with you wherever you shop for new carpet.

4. Best places to buy new carpet? Can you help me find a reputable Carpet Store Near Me?

Carpet Buying Secrets #2

Choose the Right Carpet Fiber!

Nylon is the most durable synthetic fiber available today.

Beware of Carpet Salespeople who recommend you buy carpet made from Polyester or P.E.T. Polyester and say it is “just as durable” as a carpet made from Nylon. Polyester is not as durable as nylon.

Even if they say that today’s Polyester is new and improved, or better now than it used to be… Polyester or P.E.T. Polyester will never be as durable as Nylon, not even close.  Learn more about Carpet Fibers.

Carpet Quality vs. Carpet Longevity

Some Carpets are only designed to last for just a couple years before they start to wear out… but some carpets are made so well, they can easily last 20 years or more! What is the difference you ask? Learn about Carpet Specifications

Why do some Carpets last longer than others? It all depends on the materials they use to manufacture the carpet! There are many carpet fibers to choose from. Some have better stain resistance than others. Some are more durable than others.

Most important is that you choose the right carpet fiber to meet your needs and goals!

Carpet Buying Secrets #3

Don’t Blindly Trust The Advice of Carpet Salespeople

Carpet Salesperson
Carpet Salesperson

You need to do your own carpet and padding research and NOT rely on any one salesperson to make your carpet and padding choices for you! Seek out free unbiased carpet buying information and advice.

Ask any 5 carpet salespeople… “What Carpet Fiber Is The Best Choice For Me” and you will get 5 different answers. It doesn’t matter what carpet question you ask, every carpet salesperson has their own opinions. So who’s advice should you trust? Well, you might want to trust my advice since I have no skin in the game, as they say.

I’ve read a number of help wanted ads for Carpet Sales lately. They usually say “no carpet sales experience required”. Do you want to follow the advice of a newly hired carpet salesperson where the help wanted ad reads Knowledge of floor coverings and the flooring industry is helpful but not required.”

Here are the Minimum Qualifications required from a recent big box home improvement store listing for carpet sales:

  • High School Diploma or equivalent.
  • 2 years of experience in a trade directly related to flooring OR 2 years experience selling flooring.

This is why many carpet salespeople lack sufficient “hands-on” carpet experience and/or don’t have enough product knowledge to know what grade of carpet is capable to meet YOUR needs, goals and lifestyle.

Unfortunately there are also plenty of unscrupulous carpet salespeople who are hoping to overcharge you by using sneaky sales tactics, deceptive advertising gimmicks, bait & switch tricks and literally dozens of other common retail carpet scams!

Read more: How to Avoid Costly Carpet Buying Mistakes

Not quite sure if the salesperson’s estimate, bid or measurements are accurate or correct? Learn How to Measure for Carpet Yourself!

Watch Out for Carpet Measuring Scams.

It’s a commonly known fact that any unscrupulous carpet salesperson may intentionally over-measure your home just to increase their profits. This is why it is important to get more than just one or two free estimates.

Any dishonest carpet salesperson can easily cheat you out of your hard earned money using any number of different carpet scams. Over-measuring is just one way. Where you shop for carpet is just as important as what grade of carpet you choose to buy. Read my article about Where NOT to Shop for New Carpet 

Carpet Buying Secrets #4

Learn About Carpet Specifications

There are Five (5) “Key Carpet Specifications” you need to consider carefully.

1. Fiber Type – Nylon, Polyester, Olefin, Sorona, P.E.T, and Wool are most common.
2. Pile Height – Measure of the pile height from the backing, usually ranging 1/4″ to over an inch
3. Tuft Twist – These are strands of Fiber grouped together and twisted while heated to form a tuft.  The number of twists per “lineal inch” is the Tuft Twist Rating.
4. Face-Weight – This is the weight of the surface fiber, which is also called the “Pile”. It does not include the weight of the backing.
5. Pile Density – This is a number ranging from 1000 to 6000 to define how dense the carpet pile is; a mathematical formula based on the pile height and face-weight.

Carpet Manufacturing Specifications Explained

“It’s your responsibility to choose new carpet and padding wisely. You should never rely solely on any one salesperson to make all your carpet and padding choices for you. If your new carpet does not perform as expected, you cannot go back and blame the salesperson for giving you bad or wrong advice. 

Carpet Buying Secrets #5

Choosing The Right Carpet Pad

Roll of foam padding

It’s very important for you to choose the correct carpet padding for your home. Don’t allow the salesperson to make the choice for you. Do your carpet padding homework if you want to save the most money possible and get the correct padding to match the carpet you have selected.

Every carpet manufacturer has padding requirements to keep your warranty in-force. You can always call the carpet manufacturer to learn what type of pad and density rating you need to use.

If your new carpet is designed to last for 12 years, then your padding must also be able to last 12 years or longer, because padding helps provide durability If your padding fails before your carpet does, your carpet will wear out much faster too.

The padding type, thickness and density rating must match the grade and style  of carpet you select. For example, if your carpet is designed to last for ten years, then your pad must also be designed to last for ten years.

Some padding upgrades are worthwhile

Rebond Carpet Padding

Most carpet pads provide excellent support for your carpet. A few are reasonably priced, while others are not so great and are way over-priced.

Rebond is the most common type of padding used in residential homes today. It provides excellent support and is reasonably priced. In most residential applications, upgrading from a 6-pound density pad to an 8-pound pad is a wise choice. You might even want to upgrade to a 10-pound density if you have super heavy foot traffic.

These higher density pads will support your carpet better, increase durability, longevity and reduce the chance of your carpet developing wrinkles over time.

The Cost For A Padding Upgrade?

To give you a realistic idea about padding upgrade cost, if a 6-pound Rebond pad costs $4.95 per square yard (.55 per square foot), then an 8-pound density Rebond pad should cost about $6.95 per square yard (.77 per sf). This example is to let you know that upgrading to a higher density pad should not cost you a fortune.

Read more about Choosing the Right Carpet Pad and about Carpet Padding Specifications.

Carpet Buying Secrets #6

Beware of Unnecessary Padding Upgrades

It’s real easy to pay too much for pad, especially if you follow bad advice from an inexperienced carpet salesperson. There are many types of padding available but choosing the right pad can be challenging. Don’t blindly agree to any padding upgrade until you have a chance to do your padding homework!

You Probably Don’t Need a Specialty Pad

Don’t be swayed by a carpet salesperson who says you need to spend more for a pad that has a moisture barrier. Chances are good that you do not need a moisture barrier pad. In fact, moisture barrier pads can help cause mold and mildew to form underneath your padding. If your basement has moisture problems, a moisture barrier pad is the wrong pad for you.

You also don’t need the pad that has baking soda infused to help eliminate pet odors. The cost is high and the benefit is low. Even the box of baking soda you have placed in the back of your refrigerator needs to be replaced once a month. How long do you think the baking soda infused inside a 1/2″ thick pad will remain effective? Not long enough to make it a worthwhile padding upgrade I bet.

What about Padding That Will Extend Your New Carpet Warranty?

Carpet makers like Shaw and Mohawk now offer a special branded padding that if you buy it, they will increase the length of your New Carpet Warranty by up to 10 years.

I think the increase in carpet warranty length is just a slick marketing ploy to get you to spend more on a padding that you can surely do without. Sure, it’s a good quality pad, but it’s way overpriced.

Seasoned Carpet professionals are painfully aware that New Carpet Warranties are not worth the paper they are written on, and the fact is, a longer warranty will rarely end up beneficial to you.

It practically takes an act of congress to substantiate a valid new carpet warranty claim and even if you do, they only cover affected areas and pro rate your replacement credit based on the age of your carpet.

Specialty pads will certainly cost you more today but from my perspective they provide little to no measurable benefits to you in the long run. Frankly, I believe they are a total waste of your hard earned money.

Read more about Choosing the Right Carpet Pad and about Carpet Padding Specifications.

Carpet Buying Secrets #7

Don’t Believe Everything You See On TV

Carpet Display Rack

Should I Buy Carpet from Home Depot or Lowe’s?

Don’t fall for misleading TV commercials offering new carpet, pad and installation at ridiculously low prices! Buy One Room of Carpet Get Two Rooms Free? I’m sure you’ve seen the ads about Free Carpet Installation. If it sounds too good to be true… well, you know.

When it comes to buying new first-quality carpet, you always get what you pay for. If the price is significantly lower than other local carpet stores, there must be a good reason for it. Most of the time, these great sounding carpet deals are not so great once you read the fine print. I can help you sort this out by reading the Best & Worst Places to Buy New Carpet.

Free! Free! Free! Everybody wants something for free.

Advertising experts know that the general public is easily swayed when they hear the word “free”. This is especially true when it comes to Free Carpet Installation offered by Lowe’s and Home Depot. Do you want free carpet installation? Is it really free?

Read my FREE article to learn the answer to these free carpet installation questions and more! Free Carpet Installation Specials

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My Recommended Carpet Stores

It’s hard to find an honest and reputable carpet store these days! That’s why I created my own special hand-picked list of locally owned carpet stores. They give free estimates, offer fair prices, have knowledgeable staff, provide honest measuring and use qualified installers. Savvy homeowners want to know… Are there any recommended Carpet Stores Near Me?

Learn More:

  1. Table of Contents
  2. Carpet Cost
  3. Installation Cost
  4. Cleaning Cost
  5. Choosing Fibers
  6. Padding Types
  7. Measuring Scams
  8. Carpet Styles
  9. Carpet Specifications Explained
  10. 5 Keys to Carpet Buying Success
  11. Recommended Carpet Stores Near Me?
  12. Carpet Cost and Prices
  13. Best & Worst Places to Buy Carpet!
  14. Carpet at Lowe’s or Home Depot?
  15. Forms Guides and Checklists
  16. Is Berber Carpet a Good Choice?
  17. Frieze and Berber Carpet Styles
  18. About The Carpet Professor
  19. Why Do Some Carpets Shed and Fuzz?
  20. Buy New Carpet Wholesale?
  21. Carpet Installation Cost and Fees
  22. How To Find A Qualified Carpet Installer
  23. Proper Carpet Care and Maintenance
  24. My Preferred List of Carpet Stores
  25. Carpet Fiber Choice vs Durability
  26. Carpet Foot-Traffic Test
  27. Carpet Stain Warranties Explained

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