Carpet Padding Types and Specifications

Carpet Padding Types

Types of Carpet Padding

What Carpet Padding Is Best For My Home? Make sure you choose carpet padding wisely! Here are the most common padding types, styles, thickness and density ratings for residential homes, offices and commercial applications.

Rebond Pad

(Best Bang for your Buck!)

Rebond Carpet Padding
Rebond Carpet Padding

This type of pad is the most common and the best choice for most residential applications.

It is made from recycled materials, mainly from recycled urethane foam, which is why it is multicolored.

It is available everywhere, and in virtually every thickness and density.

Rebond pad is reasonably priced and it does a good job supporting your carpet for about 7 to 15 years on average.

Rebond is designed for residential applications and is the most economical padding choice for your home, rental or office.

4 to 10-pound densities are available but most homeowners would be wise to choose a density rating of 6 to 8 pounds.

I prefer a 8-pound density rating for most residential-grade carpet styles and especially on stairs.

An 8-pound density gives excellent support and durability for homes with active kids and pets too.

Not all Rebond padding is made of high-grade or top-quality recycled materials. Every padding manufacturer offers several grades of Rebond padding to their distributors.

Carpet retailers have a choice of which grade of Rebond padding to offer to their customers.

The main difference will be the type of recycled materials used to manufacture the padding and the density rating.

The higher the quality of recycled materials used, the better the Rebond pad will perform.

Most carpet stores have a few different thickness and density variations on hand and can order other padding specifications to meet your needs when necessary.

Padding Specifications

Reputable carpet dealers always offer top quality Rebond padding to their customers.

The price you pay for a good quality padding may be slightly higher than at the shady discount carpet store down the street.

However you should never skimp when it comes to choosing a good quality padding to place underneath your good quality carpet.

The Grade of Padding you select must MATCH the Grade of Carpet you select. If you buy a carpet designed to last 15 years, then you must buy a padding that is designed to last at least 15 years.

Typical Cost for a 6 to 8-pound density Rebond pad is about $3.50 – $5.50 per square yard or about 39 to 45 cents per square foot.

Foam Padding (Urethane)

This type of pad is often very inexpensive and lightweight. If a retail store tries to give you free pad with your carpet purchase, this is usually what they give you. It has a density rating of 2 to 3 pounds.

Foam padding will not tolerate much traffic. It will soon become completely flat as a pancake after a year or so and is not a good choice for a residential setting.

Foam pad is often used in apartment settings where the life span of the carpet is less than 3 years.

Prime Urethane Foam Pad

Prime Urethane Foam

Prime foam is not made from recycled materials, this type of pad is called prime or virgin urethane. It is made of very dense urethane (polyurethane).

It’s a better grade of foam pad (frothed foam) that could be a good choice for the home.

Prime foam is designed primarily for commercial applications, but is becoming more common in residential applications.

The cost for Prime foam is higher than a standard Rebond pad and is not a common choice among homeowners.

Wool or Cloth Pads and Synthetic Fiber Pads

These types of natural wool and synthetic pads are used primarily for Berbers and commercial carpets. They are very dense, breathe well, and are not spongy at all.

Cloth pads are made from recycled or shredded fabrics or natural wool.

They are designed to support and allow looped Berbers and commercial carpets to wear well in heavy traffic situations.

Pads of this type are designed to prevent carpets from stretching out and developing wrinkles.

A synthetic fiber pad is also a great choice for basements with concrete floors because it breathes well, resists mold and mildew and has anti-microbial properties.

Rubber Pad (waffle) or Rubber Slab (flat)

I seldom recommend using a rubber waffle pad in residential applications.

Rebond pad is a much more economical choice and it does a great job at supporting your carpet as long the correct thickness and density is selected.

Rubber slab padding is often used in commercial applications over concrete. Rubber padding density is usually rated in ounces instead or pounds.

Specialized Carpet Pads for Pet Urine Problems

(Moisture barrier pads, odor eating pads, pet odor pads, baking soda infused pads)

Some carpet salespeople may try to convince you to upgrade your carpet order with a specialty pad that has claims of being able to eliminate odors or have a moisture barrier surface that will help with pet accidents.

I don’t generally recommend these type of pads and suggest you avoid the extra expense. I believe it will just cost you more money and not solve or diminish your pet accident problems.

If you have pet urine problems, there is no padding that will solve your problem. Spending more money on a specialty pad will not reduce the severity of your pet accident problem. Sorry!

Don’t Assume a Specialty Pad Will Solve Your Moisture Problems!

If you have a moisture problem with your concrete slab or in your basement, installing a moisture barrier padding will not protect you from the dangers of mold and mildew.

Don’t be fooled into thinking that spending more money on a specialty pad will solve your moisture problems, it just doesn’t work that way.

You should fix your moisture problems first and then select a good quality pad that is designed to properly support your carpet and meet your needs and goals.

What Do I Consider a Specialty Padding?
  • Moisture Barrier Padding
  • Odor Eating Padding
  • Memory Foam Padding
  • Air filtering Padding
  • Pad infused with baking soda
  • Padding with a density of more than 8-pounds
  • Padding thicker than 1/2″

About Specialized Carpet Pads

These enhanced carpet pads are more costly than a standard Rebond padding.

They may offer certain unique benefits for some applications, but in most cases I don’t think any of these Specialty Pads are a wise or necessary choice for most homeowners.

I don’t know of any method for homeowners to effectively determine if a specialty pad is providing any worthwhile, positive or beneficial effect or result over the lifespan of a carpet.

Breathable Moisture Barrier Pads Are Okay

I find that Breathable moisture barrier pads are one type of specialty padding I actually approve of.

Breathable moisture barrier pads keep most common household spills from soaking into the padding. It allows any damaging water vapor from underneath the padding to evaporate up and away.

The last thing you want is for any water vapor to get trapped underneath your pad. That is how mold and mildew starts to grow.

Prepare for sticker shock when you see how much Breathable moisture barrier pads cost.

Learn more about Selecting The Right Carpet Pad

AbcCarpetPro.com Carpet Professor

Recommended Carpet Stores in Maryland

My Recommended Carpet Stores in Alabama.As a Consumer Advocate and 30-year veteran of the carpet business, I know how difficult it is to choose new carpet wisely and get a fair & square deal.

That’s why I personally hand-pick each one of my Recommended Carpet Stores in Maryland using my own special set of strict business standards and requirements.

My Recommended
Carpet Stores in Maryland

(Select Your Nearest City Below)

Annapolis

Mallary Carpet & Flooring
406 Crain Hwy N.,
Glen Burnie, MD 21061
(410) 766-6992  Map  Website

Bethesda

Carpet Palace
7351 Wisconsin Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20814
(301) 718-0020  Map

Mike’s Carpet
11220 Baltimore Avenue
Beltsville, MD 20705
(301) 937-2221  Map

Baltimore

Warehouse Tile and Carpet
2707 Old North Point Road,
Baltimore, MD 21222
(410) 284-1111  Map  Website

Mallary Carpet & Flooring
406 Crain Hwy N.,
Glen Burnie, MD 21061
(410) 766-6992  Map   Website

Beltsville

Design Expo Flooring
15443 Excelsior Drive,
Bowie, MD 20716
(301) 262-8022  Map  Website

Boonsboro

Petersen’s Carpet & Flooring
1060 West Patrick Street,
Frederick, MD 21703
(301) 698-4789  Map

Potomac Tile & Carpet
918 N. East Street,
Frederick, MD 21701
(301) 694-0288  Map

Bowie

Design Expo Flooring
15443 Excelsior Drive,
Bowie, MD 20716
(301) 262-8022  Map  Website

Catonsville

Warehouse Tile and Carpet
2707 Old North Point Road,
Baltimore, MD 21222
(410) 284-1111  Map  Website

Mallary Carpet & Flooring
406 Crain Hwy N.,
Glen Burnie, MD 21061
(410) 766-6992   Map   Website

Clarksville

Warehouse Tile and Carpet
2707 Old North Point Road,
Baltimore, MD 21222
(410) 284-1111  Map  Website

Mallary Carpet & Flooring
406 Crain Hwy N.,
Glen Burnie, MD 21061
(410) 766-6992  Map   Website

Columbia

Warehouse Tile and Carpet
2707 Old North Point Road,
Baltimore, MD 21222
(410) 284-1111  Map  Website

Mallary Carpet & Flooring
406 Crain Hwy N.,
Glen Burnie, MD 21061
(410) 766-6992  Map   Website

Crofton

Design Expo Flooring
15443 Excelsior Drive,
Bowie, MD 20716
(301) 262-8022  Map  Website

Dundalk

Warehouse Tile and Carpet
2707 Old North Point Road,
Baltimore, MD 21222
(410) 284-1111  Map  Website

Ellicott City

Warehouse Tile and Carpet
2707 Old North Point Road,
Baltimore, MD 21222
(410) 284-1111  Map  Website

Mallary Carpet & Flooring
406 Crain Hwy N.,
Glen Burnie, MD 21061
(410) 766-6992  Map   Website

Essex

Warehouse Tile and Carpet
2707 Old North Point Road,
Baltimore, MD 21222
(410) 284-1111  Map  Website

Fort Meade

Design Expo Flooring
15443 Excelsior Drive,
Bowie, MD 20716
(301) 262-8022  Map  Website

Frederick

Petersen’s Carpet & Flooring
1060 West Patrick Street,
Frederick, MD 21703
(301) 698-4789  Map

Potomac Tile & Carpet
918 N. East Street,
Frederick, MD 21701
(301) 694-0288  Map

Glen Burnie

Mallary Carpet & Flooring
406 Crain Hwy N.,
Glen Burnie, MD 21061
(410) 766-6992  Map   Website

Glenn Dale

Design Expo Flooring
15443 Excelsior Drive,
Bowie, MD 20716
(301) 262-8022  Map  Website

Greenbelt

Design Expo Flooring
15443 Excelsior Drive,
Bowie, MD 20716
(301) 262-8022  Map  Website

Hagerstown

Petersen’s Carpet & Flooring
1060 West Patrick Street,
Frederick, MD 21703
(301) 698-4789  Map

Potomac Tile & Carpet
918 N. East Street,
Frederick, MD 21701
(301) 694-0288  Map

Jessup

Mallary Carpet & Flooring
406 Crain Hwy N.,
Glen Burnie, MD 21061
(410) 766-6992  Map   Website

Lake Shore

Mallary Carpet & Flooring
406 Crain Hwy N.,
Glen Burnie, MD 21061
(410) 766-6992  Map   Website

Milford Mill

Warehouse Tile and Carpet
2707 Old North Point Road,
Baltimore, MD 21222
(410) 284-1111  Map  Website

Mallary Carpet & Flooring
406 Crain Hwy N.,
Glen Burnie, MD 21061
(410) 766-6992  Map   Website

Mitchellville

Design Expo Flooring
15443 Excelsior Drive,
Bowie, MD 20716
(301) 262-8022  Map  Website

Odenton

Mallary Carpet & Flooring
406 Crain Hwy N.,
Glen Burnie, MD 21061
(410) 766-6992  Map   Website

Owings Mills

Warehouse Tile and Carpet
2707 Old North Point Road,
Baltimore, MD 21222
(410) 284-1111  Map  Website

Mallary Carpet & Flooring
406 Crain Hwy N.,
Glen Burnie, MD 21061
(410) 766-6992  Map   Website

Parkville

Warehouse Tile and Carpet
2707 Old North Point Road,
Baltimore, MD 21222
(410) 284-1111  Map  Website

Mallary Carpet & Flooring
406 Crain Hwy N.,
Glen Burnie, MD 21061
(410) 766-6992  Map   Website

Pikesville

Warehouse Tile and Carpet
2707 Old North Point Road,
Baltimore, MD 21222
(410) 284-1111  Map  Website

Mallary Carpet & Flooring
406 Crain Hwy N.,
Glen Burnie, MD 21061
(410) 766-6992  Map   Website

Rosedale

Warehouse Tile and Carpet
2707 Old North Point Road,
Baltimore, MD 21222
(410) 284-1111  Map  Website

Rossville

Warehouse Tile and Carpet
2707 Old North Point Road,
Baltimore, MD 21222
(410) 284-1111  Map  Website

Severn

Mallary Carpet & Flooring
406 Crain Hwy N.,
Glen Burnie, MD 21061
(410) 766-6992  Map   Website

Silver Spring

Design Expo Flooring
15443 Excelsior Drive,
Bowie, MD 20716
(301) 262-8022  Map  Website

Upper Marlboro

Design Expo Flooring
15443 Excelsior Drive,
Bowie, MD 20716
(301) 262-8022  Map  Website

Waldorf

Porter and Porter Floors
2170 Old Washington Rd,  Ste 103
Waldorf, MD 20601
(301) .885.2266  Map

Woodlawn

Warehouse Tile and Carpet
2707 Old North Point Road,
Baltimore, MD 21222
(410) 284-1111  Map  Website

Mallary Carpet & Flooring
406 Crain Hwy N.,
Glen Burnie, MD 21061
(410) 766-6992  Map   Website

Woodmore

Design Expo Flooring
15443 Excelsior Drive,
Bowie, MD 20716
301) 262-8022  Map  Website

Don’t See Your City or Town Listed?

Searching for a reputable dealer near you!Request a Carpet Store Referral! It’s a Free Service

What Makes Your Preferred Dealers Special?

Inclusion in my directory is strictly by invitation only. No carpet or flooring retailer can buy their way onto my preferred dealer list at any price. I make no money from your carpet or flooring purchase no matter who you choose to buy from.

Don’t Want to Drive All Around Town?

Many of my preferred carpet dealers provide a free shop-at-home service. You just need to call and set up a convenient time to have them bring samples to your home for you to consider. There is no obligation to buy.

I use the term “Carpet Stores” but all my preferred carpet dealers also carry a full line of popular flooring products including hardwoods, luxury vinyl tile, sheet vinyl, ceramic tile, waterproof flooring and more.

AbcCarpetPro.com Carpet Professor

Recommended Carpet Stores in Iowa

My Recommended Carpet Stores in Alabama.As a Consumer Advocate and 30-year veteran of the carpet business, I know how difficult it is to choose new carpet wisely and get a fair & square deal.

That’s why I personally hand-pick each one of my Recommended Carpet Stores in Iowa using my own special set of strict business standards and requirements.

My Recommended
Carpet Stores in Iowa

(Select Your Nearest City Below)

Cedar Rapids

Randy’s Carpets & Interiors
5454 Center Point Road NE,
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
(319) 393-1400  Map

Des Moines

Heritage Interiors
4141 Merle Hay Road,
Des Moines, IA 50310
(515) 266-2811  Map

Davenport

Hollingsworth Floor Coverings
2525 W Locust Street,
Davenport, IA 52804
(563) 324-6000  Map

Sioux City

Knova’s Carpets
2500 Glenn Avenue, Suite 40,
Sioux City, Iowa 51106
(712) 276-9545  Map

Don’t See Your City or Town Listed?

Searching for a reputable dealer near you!Request a Carpet Store Referral! It’s a Free Service

What Makes Your Preferred Dealers Special?

Inclusion in my directory is strictly by invitation only. No carpet or flooring retailer can buy their way onto my preferred dealer list at any price. I make no money from your carpet or flooring purchase no matter who you choose to buy from.

Don’t Want to Drive All Around Town?

Many of my preferred carpet dealers provide a free shop-at-home service. You just need to call and set up a convenient time to have them bring samples to your home for you to consider. There is no obligation to buy.

 

I use the term “Carpet Stores” but all my preferred carpet dealers also carry a full line of popular flooring products including hardwoods, luxury vinyl tile, sheet vinyl, ceramic tile, waterproof flooring and more.

AbcCarpetPro.com Carpet Professor

Top 10 Causes for Carpet Wrinkles, Ripples or Waves

Why does my carpet have ripples?

What is a Carpet Wrinkle?

Carpet Wrinkles
If you have Carpet Wrinkles like this, you need to have it fixed before it gets worse! Most carpet installation warranties expire after 1 year.

Carpet wrinkles are usually the result of your carpet not being stretched-in tight enough to prevent wrinkles from forming over time.

Basically your carpet has no stretch left in it and it must be re-stretched.

A simple re-stretch of your carpet may fix your carpet wrinkle problem once and for all and hopefully avert any permanent damage to your carpet. However, your final outcome may depend on the reason why your carpet developed wrinkles in the first place.

Any carpet can develop wrinkles, especially if your carpet was not stretched in properly in the first place. However, there are many other reasons why your carpet might develop wrinkles, carpet waves or carpet ripples, or whatever you want to call them.

If your carpet is still under warranty, begin your carpet complaint by contacting the retailer where you purchased your new carpet. You want them to come to your home and inspect your carpet.

You need to give the dealer or retailer sufficient time to investigate and come to some conclusion as to the probable cause of your carpet problem and hopefully figure out who or what may be responsible for your carpet wrinkles. If they fall short and don’t satisfy your concerns then you need to consider other options.

Carpet Wrinkle
Carpet Wrinkles and Moisture Problems?

Carpet is much harder to stretch in when it is cold. That’s why carpet wrinkles tend show up during hot summer days because the carpet was originally installed on a cold winter day.

Don’t be a victim of a lousy carpet installation, you need to know your best recourse and what you can do to have a successful resolution to your carpet wrinkle problem, hopefully at no cost to you.

Here are my Top 10 main causes of carpet wrinkles and who or what may be the cause of your Carpet problems.

Carpet Wrinkles Continued…

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

It’s buyer beware especially when buying new carpet or flooring for your home. Here is some sound advice you might want to consider before you agree to buy new carpet or flooring…

Lowe's Carpet Sample Display Rack
Big Box Retail Carpet Sample Display Rack

The last time I checked… most of these Giant National Carpet Retailers use OTHER companies to facilitate their carpet sales, carpet measuring or carpet installation services.

That means if you ever have a carpet problem or complaint, you may have a hard time getting anyone to help you or take responsibility for making things right.

Did You Know…

  • Home Depot, Lowe’s and Costco contract out all their measuring and installation services to various privately-held companies?
  • Empire Today REQUIRES all their salespeople to form their own CORPORATION so they will be Independent Sales Contractors?

What does this all mean to YOU the homeowner? With so many fingers in the pie it is not too hard to figure out that you might end up paying way too much for your new carpet.

Carpet from Lowe’s, Home Depot, Empire?

These nationally advertised conglomerates take a large chunk of the profit right off the top.  Then let other privately held companies and independent sales contractors each have a shot at making more money from your purchase.

From costly measuring fees to needless carpet and padding upgrades, from carpet and padding removal and disposal fees to extra unnecessary and costly installation add-ons.

There are plenty of ways they will try to make you cough up a lot more money before it’s all said and done.

  • The Lure of a Great Sounding Deal…
  • Get Three Rooms for the Price of One!
  • Get 60% OFF New Carpet
  • Free Basic Installation!
  • Free Padding!
  • Low Price Guarantee!

Do these sales gimmicks sound familiar? Get out your magnifying glass so you can read all their fine print regarding these unbelievable sales gimmicks. I found this at Home improvement warehouse…

Free Carpet Installation?

Can you read their fine print at the bottom? Use a magnifying glass!
These advertised carpet installation deals are designed to attract unsuspecting homeowners who would like to save money on new carpet and flooring but don’t know how to go about doing it.

Unfortunately, these four giant retail carpet-selling conglomerates are heavy hitters with deep pockets who have only one thing in mind: Making Big Money by luring you in to buy from them.

Both Lowe’s and Home Depot have been trying to lure-in unsuspecting homeowners for years by offering low-cost or free “basic” carpet installation.

They make up a portion of this sneaky sales gimmick by charging more for the carpet and padding and by greatly increasing the added cost for anything extra you might need to complete the job.

They add on extra fees and charges for anything and everything that is considered beyond their limited definition of a “basic” installation. Their definition seems to change from time to time.

Their so-called “free” carpet installation that lures many homeowners in, may not be totally free once their sub-contracted measuring people and installers get a good look at what you really need to complete your project.

It’s highly likely there will be numerous extra fees & charges tacked-on to your final bill.

Final bill? Yes, and they may also require that you pay for the entire carpet job IN FULL before they will place your carpet or flooring order.

The final bill comes on the day of installation when the carpet installer determines that your job requires additional labor for various things like moving heavy furniture, special transitions, floor prep, and extra labor fees.

There are hefty charges for anything considered beyond their current limited definition of a “Basic” carpet installation.

These extra fees and charges can easily add up to hundreds that you were not forewarned about. That is, unless you took the time to read all their fine print.

As Gomer Pyle Says…
Surprise! Surprise! Surprise!

Home Depot’s Low-Price Guarantee? They say they will beat any competitor’s price by 10%, but according to their fine print, that’s only on identical in-stock items.

That makes it virtually impossible for anyone to substantiate because they put private labels on all their carpet samples.

What are Private Labels?

They intentionally change the names of all their carpet styles and colors to make it nearly impossible for you to comparison shop.

The exact same carpet might cost a lot less at the local carpet store down the street, but how would you know?

You would have to lay out carpet samples from both stores side by side to compare. Lots of carpet retailers use private labels on their samples. It’s almost the norm these days.

Home Depot’s low-price guarantee sure sounds good until you read all their fine print. Can you say the word “exclusions”?

Homeowners need to avoid unscrupulous carpet retailers and only buy from locally owned, honest and reliable carpet stores.

Sneaky Carpet Sales Tactics

The Big Box home improvement warehouses have been charging homeowners a measuring fee just for coming to your home and sizing you up. The fee may be refundable if you agree to buy from them.

This is designed to add more sales pressure on you. They want to prevent you from shopping for carpet at other local stores.

Somewhere in the back of your mind, you think that if you don’t buy carpet from them, you will be forfeiting the $75 to $125 measuring fee have already paid.

Accurate Carpet Measuring?

From what I have been told by industry insiders, their licensed & certified measuring specialists they contract with, are required to measure your home using a “special method”.

Does that mean they add another 5, 10 or 15% of material to the total? Likely so! They are not going to tell you how many square feet your home needs. When they are all done measuring they leave to do all the calculations back at the office.

You Better Shop Around…

You will never know if their measurements are accurate. Even if you get several bids / estimates from other local carpet dealers. Why? Because they don’t give you anything you can use to verify their measuring. You will just get an estimate based on “one-price” to do the whole job.

Basically, they want to make darn sure there is more than enough carpet or flooring material to work with.

That way, they never have to worry about running short of material during installation.

That might translate into you paying for a lot more for new carpet & pad then you might actually need. Just adding an extra 10 yards of material could easily add $300 or more to the total cost for your carpet job. Ouch!

Empire Strikes Back?

Empire Today likes to attract customers by airing repetitive TV ads featuring unbelievable sales offers with next day installation.

If you call them, they will send a sales professional to your home who will show you samples and try to “close the sale” on the spot.

  • Are you getting a fair & square deal?
  • How long will this carpet last in your home?
  • What is your level of foot traffic in your home? Low, Medium, Heavy?
  • Are they trying to sell you a low-quality Polyester carpet and say it’s as durable as a Nylon Carpet?

These are just a few questions that you need solid answers to before you should commit yourself to buying from any shop-at-home flooring retailer.

Private Labels

All these giant retailers all use private labels on their carpet samples. Most farm out the measuring and installation of their products to other privately help companies. Some even have other companies do all the selling too. What does this mean to you?

  • If you have a complaint, you may have to deal directly with the independent contractors to seek a remedy.
  • Have a Carpet defect? You’ll have to contact the carpet manufacturer and have them inspect your carpet.
  • Have an installation problem? You’ll have to contact the carpet installer. No one likes getting called back to deal with a homeowner complaint.
  • If you can’t get a suitable remedy for your issue, you may have to file a claim in small claims court. The problem is, who is actually responsible for making things right and how can you prove that in court?
Costco Executive Members

Costco members were once shown a small display with miniature carpet samples. Lately they have been taking their displays with samples down. Executive members are offered some extra benefits that may be of interest to some folks. Like a longer warranty?

If you grab their free brochure you will be provided with a phone number to call to start your in-home Carpet Consultation Process.

Be sure to read all the fine print very carefully to see what added benefits you might qualify for, if any.

An independent flooring consultant will bring samples to your home and be happy to write up your order and arrange for installation.

While they do carry some good quality carpet, be prepared for sticker shock when you see what the total cost will be.

Again, you can’t comparison shop easily because they change the carpet style names and colors to thwart you.

To compare carpets, you would need to take their carpet samples with you into other nearby carpet stores and compare both identical samples side by side. It’s definitely not easy to do.

They know you probably won’t take the time and trouble to do this, and it is unlikely that they would leave their carpet samples with you anyway.

Is There a Better Way?

If you are in the market for new carpet or flooring of any kind, I think you should consider getting a free estimate from one of the dealers that I have listed in my Preferred Carpet Dealer Directory.

It’s taken me years to locate, investigate and identify these locally owned and family-run businesses and I think they are the best of the best here in America!

I suggest you visit several flooring retailers near you, get several free estimates and be sure visit a carpet store that I recommend if you can.

You decide for yourself who to buy from

When it’s all said and done, I think you will agree that my preferred dealers are knowledgeable, reliable and reputable!

You’ll be treated with respect, get a fair & square deal and get great customer service… Before, during and after the sale.

See who I recommend near you! Visit Alan’s List of Recommended Carpet Dealers (don’t forget to print up my free coupon so you can get up to $100 off new carpet!)

There’s a lot more you need to learn before you head out to shop for new carpet.

Best & Worst Places to Buy Carpet!

 

AbcCarpetPro.com Carpet Professor

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 carpet stores who are locally owned, give free estimates, offer fair prices, have knowledgeable staff, provide honest measuring and hire qualified installers. Homeowners want to know…Are there any reputable Carpet Stores Near Me?

Free Carpet Installation Checklist For Homeowners

What to Do Before You Buy New Carpet

Do your carpet homework! Learn What makes one carpet better than another.

Take my free Carpet Foot Traffic Test to see what grade of carpet you should buy.

Learn about scams and rip-offs you need to avoid and why buying carpet is so confusing?

Do all interior painting at least one month prior or wait until after the carpet is installed.

Print out my free Carpet Cost & Comparison Form

Print out my free Carpet Durability Chart

What to Do During The Carpet Buying Process…
  • Shop for the grade of carpet you require first, then find several carpet styles and colors you like.
  • Take several carpet samples home to consider your Best Carpet Choice
  • Get several estimates from locally-owned carpet dealers (See who I recommend near you)
  • Get several bids/estimates in writing and get every detail written down IN WRITING!
  • Ask your salesperson for a spec sheet on any carpet you are seriously interested in buying!
  • Don’t be pressured into buying or agree to buy on the first visit. (in-home or in-store)
Take your time choosing New Carpet

If you can… Keep the original carpet sample you selected and ordered from, until after your new carpet has been installed, use for comparison purposes.

Many homeowners often forget exactly which carpet style and color they ordered, especially when it takes several weeks for the carpet to be delivered and scheduled to be installed.

This is not always possible when dealing with smaller retailers. They may not be able to leave the carpet sample with you for an extended period of time.

  • If you are unable to retain the carpet sample, then make sure you write down the brand, style number and color number for future reference.
  • Take a photo of the back of the carpet sample showing all the manufacturing details.
Ask These Key Carpet Buying Questions… Before you sign off for new carpet!
  • You always have the right to know the name of everyone who is working in your home.
  • Write down the full name and phone number of the installer.
  • Ask for his State Issued Contractor’s License Number (if required in your State)
  • Ask to provide a Surety Bond and Business Liability Insurance. Confirm it!
  • If your Carpet Dealer is providing carpet installation services for you, as part of a package deal, your Carpet dealer is responsible to make sure the installer they provide is qualified and has all his legal and licensing affairs in order.
 Before the installers arrive
  • Have furniture, wall pictures and knick-knacks removed from rooms to be carpeted.
  • Make sure all valuables are put away safe and secure.
When the installers arrive at your home
  • Check the carpet brand, color and style to make sure it is exactly what you ordered.
  • Cold carpet is more difficult to install. Have all rooms to be carpeted pre-heated to 70 degrees, 3 hours before and all during the installation process. This helps make sure the carpet can be stretched properly.
  • Carpet installation tools are razor sharp. Make sure kids and pets are safely out of the way in all areas to be carpeted. Never allow children or pets to roam free during installation.
What to do “After The Carpet Is installed”
  • Do a walk-around with the installer and inspect the carpet thoroughly. Make sure to inspect all the carpet seams.
  • Make sure all your questions and concerns are addressed before the installer leaves your home.
Read Your New Carpet Warranty
  • Obtain a copy of the New Carpet Warranty and Read it.
  • Do not make the final payment until you are completely satisfied with the completed job.
New Carpet Care and Maintenance
  • Read the manufacturer’s Carpet Warranty and follow all suggestions and requirements.
  • Vacuum your carpet regularly. Spot clean as necessary.
  • Never use bleach on your carpet unless it is recommended in your new carpet warranty.
Consider Buying a New Carpet Vacuum
  • Visit my Best Vacuums page to learn more. Keep all receipts for professional carpet cleanings, as they are required as proof of proper maintenance if you ever need to file a Carpet Warranty claim.
  • Always hire a professional certified carpet cleaning company.
  • Never use a store-rented carpet cleaning machine to clean your carpets while under warranty.

Always hire a Certified Carpet Cleaning Company

Q. How often should I have my carpets cleaned?

More Important Carpet Buying Information

Keep the original sales receipt forever and make sure the price of the carpet is shown separate from the price of the pad and installation.

You will need this receipt as proof of what you paid for the “carpet only” if you ever need to file a carpet warranty claim.

 

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