Carpet Buying Secrets 2

Carpet Buying Secrets 2 – Choosing the wrong type of padding can cause your carpet to develop wrinkles. This can permanently damage your carpet, void your warranty and be costly to repair.

Carpet Buying Secrets 2 – #5
Select the Correct Carpet Pad

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Why is it so important to choose the correct carpet padding for your home?

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

Choosing the wrong type of padding can cause your carpet to develop wrinkles. This can permanently damage your carpet, void your warranty and be costly to repair.

Don’t let the salesperson to make the padding choice for you.

Verify that the suggested padding is the correct padding for the carpet you select.

Every carpet manufacturer has padding  type, thickness and density requirements you must follow to keep your new carpet warranty in force. You can call the carpet manufacturer to ask what type of pad, thickness and density rating they recommend to maintain your new carpet warranty.

Learn more about Types of Carpet Padding and Specifications

Rebond Carpet Padding - Carpet Buying Secrets

Some padding upgrades are worthwhile

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 to an 8-pound density 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 Typical 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 2 – #6
Avoid Unnecessary Padding Upgrades

It’s real easy to pay too much for pad, especially if you follow bad advice from an inexperienced or unscrupulous 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 or reduce 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 and cost-effective padding upgrade I bet.

What About Padding That Will Extend Your New Carpet Warranty?

Carpet makers like Shaw and Mohawk offer a special 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 they offer is too limited. I think this is just a slick marketing ploy to get you to spend more on a padding that you do not need. Sure, it’s a good quality pad, but it’s way overpriced. I think the cost is too high and the benefit is too low.

More about Specialty Pads

New Carpet Warranties

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

What is a new carpet abrasive wear warranty? It’s not what you think. You should never choose a carpet just because it has a long abrasive wear warranty limit.

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 waste of your hard earned money.

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

Carpet Buying Secrets 2 – #7
Don’t Trust Ads On TV

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 at Lowe’s and Home Depot. If it sounds too good to be true… well, you know.

When it comes to buying new first-quality carpet, you usually get what you pay for. If the price for similar products is significantly lower at Joe’s Carpets, than it is at Mike’s Carpets, there must be a good reason for it.

The lowest price is not always the best deal for you. Most of the time, great sounding carpet deals are not so great once you read the fine print. You might save a few dollars going with the lowest proposal but in the end are you sacrificing something else, like qualified installation or service after the sale?

Read the Best & Worst Places to Buy New Carpet.

Everybody wants something for free.

7 Carpet Buying Secrets Revealed 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 really 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

Learn more Carpet Buying Secrets…

 

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 and flooring stores. They give free estimates, offer fair prices, have knowledgeable staff, provide honest measuring and use qualified installers.

Recommended Carpet Stores Near Me?

Find A Carpet Installer Near Me? Carpet Professor

I installed carpet and flooring materials for over 30 years before retiring in 2007. I know that finding a qualified independent carpet installer is not easy these days, but it is very important. Here is some helpful information for homeowners looking to have new carpet installed in their home. Can You Help Me Find a Qualified Carpet Installer Near Me?

Carpet Installer Near Me?

The original term when I was a kid was Carpet Layer but that morphed into Carpet Installer and in the UK they say Carpet Fitters. No matter what you call them, most carpet installers today do a lot more than just install carpet.

Carpet Installer aka Carpet layer Most of the money they earn is from installing a variety of flooring products in any given week. Installing Carpet used to be enough, but homeowners today want more than just carpet installed in their home.

Experienced Carpet Installers also lay other flooring materials such as Sheet Vinyl, Luxury Vinyl Tiles (LVT), Luxury Vinyl Plank (LVP) and Vinyl Composition Tiles (VCT). These products are very popular today and waterproof flooring seems to be all the rage right now.


Independent Carpet Installers Near Me?

Most locally-owned carpet retailers have a longstanding relationship with their in-house carpet installers. They are not usually willing to share them with homeowners who acquire their new carpet and padding elsewhere.

Retailers try to keep their installers busy enough so they don’t have any need to take on side jobs. Still it never hurts to ask. You can call any of the flooring stores I have listed in my directory to see if they have a carpet installer recommendation for you.

Locating an independent carpet installer near you may take some time and effort. Currently there is a shortage of qualified carpet installers nationwide and especially in areas that have a lot of new construction and home remodeling going on. How much does Carpet installation cost?

Who To Call?

There is a company called CFI that specializes in certifying carpet and flooring installers. You might be able to find a carpet installer near you through their website: https://cfiinstallers.org/

Other ways to locate a qualified carpet installer are not so simple.

Word of mouth is always a possibility. Maybe someone you know is connected to a good installer. Ask friends, co-workers, relatives…

Wholesale Flooring Distributors. This is the place where installers buy their tools and supplies. If you call or visit an outlet like this you will find installers who may be available for hire. The people who work in the sundries department may have some helpful suggestions if you ask.

Here is the website for T&A Supply, a wholesale flooring distributor serving Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Alaska & Hawaii.

All State Flooring Distributors serves the needs of flooring contractors in NJ, NYC, Long Island, Southern Connecticut, and NE Pennsylvania.

You can also do a search with the Online Yellow Pages to find Wholesale Flooring Distributors in your area.

After You Find One…

A big problem homeowners face is determining which installers are qualified and experienced enough to do a good job. To help homeowners make sure to ask all the right questions during an interview with a potential carpet installer, I created a free printable Carpet Installer Questionnaire (pdf).

10 Questions to Ask
Every Carpet Installer

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10 Questions To Ask A Carpet Installer Before You Hire Them


Home Depot Free Carpet Installation

When Home Depot first started selling carpet they tried hiring their own installers. That did not go as well as they hoped because finding and keeping qualified carpet installers is not easy.

Home Depot found that the number of carpet installation complaints they received was overwhelming. Many of the installers they hired early-on had  moved on to greener pastures. In order to try to satisfy all the homeowner complaints they had to pay other installers to go out to fix the problems.

Today Home Depot relies on private installation companies to fulfill all their carpet installs. Any complaints they receive about carpet installation are redirected to the installation company.

Home Depot no longer has to worry about the quality of their installations. If there is an installation problem or a complaint, it is no longer their problem. You have to contact the installation company to get a remedy.

When homeowners qualify for free carpet installation at Home Depot, the installers that are sent out to do the job are hired by another company. They may be employees of the company or they may be hired on as independent contractors. Home Depot and Lowe’s Free Carpet Installation Explained


Does My Carpet Installer Need To Be Licensed, Bonded and Insured?

Is your carpet installer Licensed Bonded Insured?
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Every state has its own set of rules and licensing requirements for independent contractors, including carpet installers, that may include obtaining a state issued contractors license, a surety bond and business liability insurance.

Having a Worker’s Compensation Insurance Policy may be required if they have employees.

Personally, I always suggest that homeowners buy carpet, padding and installation from a reputable locally-owned carpet and flooring retailer.

I would rather go for a package deal that includes installation and all the extras for one fair and square price. If anything goes wrong, there is just one number to call and that will get you the fastest remedy possible.

I have a list of local carpet stores near you that I believe are the best of the best in the business. It has taken me 14 years to compile my preferred list, just one store at a time. See who I recommend near you.


How Long To Install Carpet?

How Long To Install New Carpet CalendarHow long does it take to install new carpet? If working alone, a carpet installer can easily install new carpet in a living room or bedroom in one day.

Some carpet installers have several helpers and can complete a large job very fast and efficiently like a well-oiled machine.

Installing a whole house full of carpet could take longer, maybe several days or a week or more. This is most often true if there is a lot of prep work to be done or if there is a lot of furniture to be moved.

Moving Furniture

You can’t just move your furniture to one side of the room, it all has to be moved out of the room completely. Only after the carpet has been stretched in properly can the furniture be moved back in.

In some situations where space is limited, furniture has to be moved from one room to another. That may require furniture and other items to be moved around back and forth several times.

Heavy Grand PianoMoving heavy items such as pianos and pool tables require using specialized equipment to prevent damage to the item, damage to the new carpet or to the persons moving the item.

Never push, pull or slide anything across your carpet. You need to pick it up and set it down. Sliding furniture or anything can severely damage your carpet.

Most carpet installers do not like moving furniture and would rather the homeowner make necessary arrangements for the furniture to be moved out of all areas to be carpeted prior to installation day.

Carpet Seams

It takes longer to install heavier carpets like Berber style carpets or carpets with a pattern match. Larger rooms take longer to install because of the need for seams. Any room wider than 12 feet will require seams.

CP Recommended Carpet DealersInstalling new carpet on stairs takes a lot of time and effort too. Especially if there is upholstery work to be done or if the stairs have spindles to be wrapped.

Prep work can take more time to complete. Removing the old carpet and padding takes time and you never know what types of floor damage you might uncover. Tackless strips often need to be replaced if they are no longer effective. Replacing tackless strips on concrete floors requires added time and effort.

I have a special list of local carpet stores near you that I believe are the best of the best in the carpet business. It has taken me over 14 years to compile my preferred list, one store at a time. See who I recommend near you.

List of all my Free Carpet Articles

Best Carpet Padding Types and Prices 2022

Savvy homeowners want to know about how to choose the best Carpet Padding Types and Prices for 2022 and beyond. Here’s the low-down about choosing the correct type of pad, and selecting the proper thickness and density rating to match your new Carpet selection.

Carpet Padding Basics Explained

Select your new Carpet first, then select the padding that will best match the grade of carpet you have chosen.

You don’t want your padding to wear out faster than your carpet. There are many different types of padding available today to accommodate all the various carpet grades, types and styles you might select.

In the next few pages, I will explain the various types of pad that you will encounter when shopping for new carpeting for your home, but first you need to know a few things about what makes one padding better than another. It’s all about Padding specifications.

Padding quality, durability and suitability are always determined by three factors.

1. Type of Material
2. Density / Weight
3. Thickness

The Carpet Manufacturer decides what padding is required for every carpet they make. A certain type, thickness and density of padding is specified by the carpet manufacturer.

When choosing the right carpet pad, it must be capable of properly supporting your new carpet in order to maintain the new carpet warranty. You can call the carpet manufacturer to find out what padding specifications are required for the type and style of carpet you select.

It is your responsibility to make sure the right carpet padding is selected. Don’t automatically assume the carpet salesperson knows what pad is required to keep your new carpet warranty in force.

Best Types of Carpet Padding

What is the Best Type of Carpet Padding 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, office and commercial applications.

Rebond Carpet Pad

Rebond Pad

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 almost every thickness and density.

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

Rebond Padding is designed for residential applications and is the most economical padding choice for your home. 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 and heavy foot traffic areas. 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.

Padding DisplayThe 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. Learn more about 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.

Your Carpet and Padding Must be Equal in Durability

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 too. The question is, how will you know what grade of carpet or padding you are buying?

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 and comes in 30 yard rolls.

Inexpensive Foam Padding

Cheap Foam PadThis type of simple foam pad is inexpensive and super lightweight. Any 6-year old can lift a full roll. If a retail store tries to give you free pad with your carpet purchase, this is usually what they plan to give you. It is not meant for residential applications.

This type of padding will not tolerate much foot traffic. It will soon become completely flat as a pancake in main walkways after a year or two. It is not sturdy, it has no wear layer on top to hold it together and it rips and tears very easily.

Cheap Foam Pad like this is often used in apartment settings where the carpet life span is expected to be less than 3 years. Foam Pad of this quality usually sells for a buck or two per square yard and comes in 40 yard rolls, 6 feet wide by 60 feet long.

Prime Urethane Foam

Prime Urethane PadPrime Urethane foam is not made from recycled materials, this type of pad is called prime or virgin urethane. It’s a better grade of foam pad (frothed foam) that could be a good choice for the home. It is made of very dense urethane (polyurethane). This is a sturdy product with a surface layer added for stability and durability.

Prime Urethane Foam is designed primarily for commercial applications, but is becoming more common in residential applications. The cost is higher than a standard Rebond pad and is not a common choice among homeowners.

Wool, Cloth and Synthetic Pads

Synthetic or Wool Felt PadThese types of natural wool or synthetic pads are used primarily for Berber Styles and commercial grade carpets. They are very dense, breathe well, and are not spongy at all. They 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, and to prevent these types of carpets from stretching out and developing wrinkles.

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

Rubber Carpet Pad

Rubber Waffle PadI seldom recommend using a Flat Rubber Slab or Rubber Waffle Pad in residential applications primarily because of its high cost. 

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. Cost is highest for this type of padding and it comes in 20 yard rolls because it is so heavy and awkward to handle.


Carpet Padding Prices 2022

Rebond Type (Residential)

This Price Guide is for Standard Rebond Type Carpet Pad Only, and not for Moisture Barrier, Memory Foam or any other Type of Carpet Padding.

Rebond Padding Prices

(Cash and Carry Prices Shown) These are current pad prices available online at two home improvement warehouse stores. Cash and carry means you have to visit the store to make your selection, pay for it, transport it, store it and make it readily available at the job site for the installers you hire. This is not what you will pay for padding if you purchase new carpet, padding and installation as a complete package deal from a reputable locally-owned carpet retailer.

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Carpet Padding Thickness Explained

For most residential plush style carpets, a 7/16″ padding thickness is most common. Berber styles require a thinner padding. Usually 1/4″ to 3/8″.

Don’t make the mistake of thinking that a thicker pad is a better pad.

If you chose a padding that is too thick it can cause wrinkles to develop in your new carpet more quickly. If so, then you will void your new carpet warranty.

1/2" Carpet Pad

For most homes, 7/16″ is the thickest padding you should select to keep your new carpet warranty in force.

That said, 1/2″ thick padding is still a common choice and widely available from most carpet retailers. Read the manufacturers new carpet warranty or call the mill to verify what padding thickness you should select.

A Thicker Pad Feels Softer Underfoot

I don’t recommend installing a thicker padding unless you understand the possible consequences. Using a thicker pad will increase the chance of developing wrinkles over time and will instantly void your new carpet warranty.

Some folks choose a thicker pad for their bedrooms to make the carpet feel softer underfoot. Many choose a 9/16″, 5/8″, 3/4″ or even a 1″ thick pad.

However, thicker pad is getting harder to find these days. Instead, you can opt to have your carpet installer glue together two layers of pad to obtain the same result.

Your tack strips may need to be doubled up to adjust for the increased height. That will add some additional labor cost.

Using a thicker padding can be an enjoyable addition to your bedroom.

While you may get away with using a thicker pad in bedrooms with very low foot traffic, using a thicker pad in other areas like stairs, hallways, living rooms and family rooms would not be a good idea. In areas with higher foot traffic, using a thicker padding would cause your new carpet to quickly develop ripples, waves and wrinkles.

It will cost you more to use a thicker pad.
    • Extra Padding Cost
    • Additional Installation Charges

Low-Profile Padding with Higher Density Rating Increases Carpet Durability.

Looped Berber carpet styles and commercial grade carpets tend to be more prone to wrinkling and therefore require a special low-profile, high density padding. Usually a maximum of 1/4″ to 3/8″ thickness, and a density rating of 10 to 12 pounds.

If in doubt, you can always call the carpet manufacturer to get the correct padding requirements needed to keep from voiding your new carpet warranty.

Padding Density Explained

Padding quality is also determined by its Density Rating. Some pads have a low density rating of 3 to 4 pounds and is typically used in apartments and rental properties because it is less expensive and landlords know it will need to be replaced more frequently.

Padding for residential applications usually have a density rating of 6 to 8 pounds, but 10-pound density is also available and gaining in popularity.

Some folks prefer the 6-pound density padding because it is slightly softer underfoot. However, an 8-pound padding provides better support for your carpet.

A higher density rating generally make a carpet more resistant to wear and tear and abrasion. This is especially true in high traffic areas like stairs and hallways. I recommend using 8-pound density for most residential applications.

Some padding types are measured in ounces instead of pounds.

Pads made of foam are rated in pounds. The most common foam padding density for residential homes is 6-pound density. An 8-pound pad is heavier and therefore more dense. More and more carpet makers are requiring 8-pound pads as a warranty requirement because it provides better support.

Prime Urethane Foam Pad

Wool, Felt, Synthetic Fiber and Rubber Pads are measured in ounces. For example, a pad of 128-ounce weight is the equivalent of an 8-pound pad. A 192-ounce pad is equal to 12-pound density.

What Homeowners Need To Know About Choosing the Right Carpet Pad

  • The higher the density rating, the more costly the padding will be.
  • Do not rely on the carpet salesperson to choose the correct pad for you, it is your responsibility to make sure the correct type of pad is selected and installed.
  • If the wrong type, thickness or density is selected, your carpet may develop wrinkles over time and your new carpet warranty may be voided.
  • If unsure, call the carpet manufacturer to see what Padding Specifications are required for the carpet you have selected.
  • Take my free Carpet Foot-Traffic Test to help determine the grade of carpet you need to install in your home.

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:

Types of Carpet Padding

Specialized Carpet Pads

Recommended Carpet Stores

 

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Do I Need Moisture Barrier Padding?

Should I upgrade to a Moisture-barrier pad? What are the pros and cons of moisture barrier padding? 

What is a Moisture Barrier Pad?

Moisture Barrier Padding is a special carpet padding with a layer of plastic on the top. This is to help prevent liquids from soaking through the carpet backing and into the padding and to the sub-floor.

One pad maker says on their website: “A moisture barrier helps prevent spills and accidents from penetrating the cushion, so they can be blotted from the carpet quickly and easily.”

However this statement does not make any sense to me. Once a liquid goes through the carpet backing and lands on the top of the padding, it cannot be blotted up. 

Is Moisture-Barrier Padding Necessary?

Some carpet salespeople recommend a Moisture Barrier Padding or some other type of padding upgrade to almost every customer. Why? Because they make more money. Maybe they actually think this special padding has some useful benefits. The padding manufacturer’s brochure surely says so. 

Moisture Barrier Padding is more costly than a standard Rebond padding. Upgrading to any specialty padding, including pad with a moisture barrier, can cost you plenty. If you upgrade from a standard 6-pound density Rebond pad to an 8-pound density moisture barrier pad, it can easily double your padding cost.

Do you really need to upgrade your padding? In most cases no. however, I find that many homeowners are easily mislead into thinking that a Moisture Barrier Padding can solve some of their problems.

Here is what I mean…

They say that a Moisture-Barrier Pad will prevent spills from soaking through the pad. 

While this is true, what benefit does that provide? Any amount of liquid that is spilled and soaks through the carpet will quickly spread out on top of a moisture barrier pad. Some say that if the padding seams are sealed with duct tape, that liquids will not be able to soak through. You can’t trust this to hold true.

 

Don’t count on that, because moisture barrier pad is not waterproof.

Carpet Knee-kicker TeethHave you ever seen the sharp teeth on a carpet knee kicker? It’s a tool used all around the room to help stretch in the carpet.

What do you think those 16 razor sharp spears will do to that thin layer of plastic on the top of your Moisture Barrier Pad?

 

Carpet Power Stretcher TeethThen there is the carpet power stretcher. A tool required to properly install any stretch-in carpet over pad.

Take a look at these long teeth. There’s over 50 sharp teeth that can easily go through the carpet backing and puncture plenty of holes in any moisture barrier pad. 

 

So, I think that any liquid spills near the pad seams or around the perimeter of any room might easily find a way underneath a Moisture Barrier Pad and become trapped underneath. Is that mildew I smell? 

Carpet Cleaning Limitations

When you have your carpets cleaned, their steam cleaning equipment can’t reach old spills that may have soaked through the carpet backing and landed on or dried on top of the plastic Moisture Barrier

 

Carpet and padding side view - Is Moisture Barrier Padding a good choice?The job of a carpet cleaning professional is limited to cleaning the carpet surface fibers. They are trained to never to clean any deeper or beyond the carpet backing. To make it clear, they are not able to clean as deep as your padding.

 

Carpet cleaning professionals are trained to never over-wet your carpet. If a carpet cleaning person were to soak your carpet through the carpet backing and into your carpet padding, your carpet would take way too long to dry. That could cause permanent damage to your carpet backing. It can cause wrinkles and waves. It can even cause mold and mildew to form under your carpet and under your pad. 

1. Moisture Barrier Padding In Basements

Some homeowners have a serious moisture problem in their basement and might think that a Moisture Barrier Padding will be beneficial by preventing moisture from coming up through the pad and carpet. 

Unfortunately, because concrete is porous it can allow moisture to evaporate upward.  A moisture barrier pad can trap moisture under the pad and can promote the growth of mold and mildew, potentially causing a hidden health hazard. 

In basements, it is better to use a padding that can breathe. That way, if any moisture is under the pad it can evaporate up any away and lessen the chance for mold and mildew to develop.

2. Moisture Barrier Padding For Pet Urine Accidents

Some homeowners think that a moisture barrier pad will help with pet urine problems, perhaps making it easier to clean up the accident and reduce urine odors. This is not true because any liquid that soaks through the carpet backing will spread out on top surface of the moisture barrier padding.

While the viewable wet spot you see on top of the carpet may appear to be just 2 inches in diameter. Under the carpet it could easily spread out to be 8 to 12 inches in diameter or more. The liquid is now stuck on the top surface of the moisture barrier padding just below the carpet backing.

 

Carpet cleaning equipment is not designed to suck up spills that soak through the carpet backing. 

Liquids that soak through the carpet backing will spread out and dry on the surface of a moisture barrier padding. This makes the pet accident or spill much more difficult to clean up since the size and scope of the accident can be misleading.

Once pet urine dries on top of the padding, the odor will become more evident as foot traffic and regular vacuuming will continue to disturb and reactivate the affected area. 

Every time you steam clean your carpets, the steam can “reactivate” any dried urine on top of the pad. Since some pets tend to have accidents in the same spot over and over again the problem becomes magnified and compounded. This is why I see no benefit in using a moisture barrier pad, for homeowners seeking to alleviate a pet urine problem. 

3. Moisture Barrier Pad Over Hardwood Floors

Homeowners often install carpet and pad over beautiful hardwood floors. Some folks think that using a moisture barrier pad will help protect their beautiful hardwood floors from being ruined from any potential liquid spills.

Prolonged exposure to moisture can cause serious damage to hardwood floors. Potted plants and pet accidents are the moist common cause of damage to hardwood floors when a moisture barrier pad is used.

Some say that if the padding seams are sealed with duct tape, that liquids will not be able to soak through. If any spills fall near a compromised pad seams or near the outer edge, any spill will get underneath the pad and become trapped underneath. If not able to evaporate quickly, damage to the hardwood floors could be substantial over time.

From all my experience in the flooring business I’ve learned one thing for sure; that water (or any spill) will somehow find a way to soak through any moisture barrier and can cause significant damage, especially if trapped  without any way to evaporate off. 

For homes with hardwood floors, using a pad without a moisture barrier would be my suggestion. Most minor liquid spills would be able to evaporate and dry within a short period of time before causing serious damage to the hardwoods below.

Beyond the Moisture Barrier Pad

In the end, some folks spend a significant amount of money on specialty pads hoping for the best and end up not getting the results or benefits they expect. I don’t generally recommend using any specialty pads because overall I think they are overpriced, have limited benefits and may cause more problems then they solve.

 

Some carpet manufacturers are offering a warranty extension if you buy their specialty padding. 

Most homeowners never file a carpet warranty claim. If you consider the increased price of the pad against the limited benefits from an extended carpet warranty, you might find that it is not worth the added expense. 

I don’t recommend buying any padding that will increase your new carpet warranty limits unless you have money to burn.

Any good quality Rebond type padding with sufficient density (minimum 6 to 8 pound density) can likely do the job just fine and save you money.

Selecting the right carpet, choosing the right pad, getting qualified installation and buying from a reputable dealer are the four most critical factors in buying new carpet. Read through my website for more information and insight about how to buy new carpet wisely!

The Carpet Professor Says…

If you suspect you have a water leak or moisture problem in your basement you need to fix the problem before you install any flooring product. There are many simple ways for you to test your concrete basement for moisture problems.

I suggest you research this further to make sure your basement does not have any moisture problems before you install any flooring products.

Read more about Carpet Padding  

 

Directory Of Carpet Manufacturer Websites 2022

Do you have a Question about a Certain Brand of Carpet?

I created a directory of Carpet Manufacturer Websites, including Phone Numbers. This list will help you get the answers you need, straight from the horses mouth!

Want to learn about care and maintenance for your new carpet?
Want to know how to obtain your carpet warranty information?
What is the correct padding type for your new carpet?

Visit these Carpet Manufacturer Websites Directly for Answers!

Here is my free list of common carpet and floor covering manufacturers and their toll-free contact information for homeowners. This list is updated frequently but I cannot guarantee the accuracy of the information contained here. These websites and phone numbers change often.

In recent years, many smaller carpet manufacturers have gone out of business, have been sold or bought up by larger conglomerates like Mohawk, Beaulieu and Shaw.

There are way fewer small locally-owned carpet mills today than ever before. This is not good news for homeowners. When your carpet options and competition is reduced, it makes new carpet more costly.

This is why it is so important you get unfettered access to complete and accurate carpet specifications, to be able select the right grade of carpet or flooring to meet your needs, goals, lifestyle and budget.

Learn more: Best & Worst Places to Buy New Carpet

Carpet Manufacturer Websites

1st Choice Carpet

A

Aladdin

Aladdin Commercial

Alexander Smith

Aminco Home
amincohome.com/

Anderson Tuftex

Astro Carpet Mills
(800) 542-4189
astrocarpetmills.com

Atlas Mills
(800) 367-8188
atlascarpetmills.com

Axminster Carpet Ltd
(800) 356-5013

B

Barrett Carpet Mills
(800) 241-4064

Beaulieu of America
(800) 888-6839

Bentley Mills
(800) 423-4709
bentleymills.com

Bloomsberg Carpet Industries
(212) 688-7447
bloomsburgcarpet.com

Blossom
blossomfloorcovering.com

Blue Ridge Carpet Mills
(800) 241-5945

BP
(800) 872-0765
bp.com

Bretlin
(800) 273-8546
bretlin.com

Brinton’s US Axminster
(662) 332-1581
Burtco Enterprises Inc
(800) 241-4019

C

Cabin Crafts

Carousel Carpet
(707) 485-0333

Camelot Carpet Mills

Caress

Carpeton Mills
(800) 241-4088
carpeton-wavemaker.com

Carriage Industries(Dixie)
(800) 241-4211
thedixiegroup.com

Cavan
cavancarpets.com

Cherokee Carpet
(800) 824-4010

Citation Mills (Beaulieu)
(800) 227-7211

Collins & Aikman
(800) 241-4085

Columbus Mills (Beaulieu)
(800) 233-6605

Constantine
(800) 308-4344

Coronet Industries (Beaulieu)
(800) 241-4018
coronet-industries.com

Couristan
(800) 223-6186
couristan.com

Crossley Carpet Mills (Collins & Aikman)
(800) 248-2878

Custom Weave (Mohawk)
(800) 241-4900
mohawkind.com

D

Danube (Dixie)
(800) 241-4211
thedixiegroup.com

Design Materials
(800) 654-6451

Designweave

Dimension Carpets (Beaulieu)
(800) 227-7211

Dixie Home
dixie-home.com

Dow
(800) 847-4212
dowcarpetbackings.com

DuPont
(800) 325-7719

Durkan Patterned Carpets (Mohawk)
(800) 241-4580

E

Edward Fields
(212) 310-0400

El Dorado

Eurotex
(800) 523-0731

Expressive Designs

F

Fabrica
fabrica.com

Fabrica International (Dixie)
(800) 854-0357
thedixiegroup.com

Fibreworks
fibreworks.com

Flagship Carpets
(800) 848-4055
flagshipcarpets.com

Fortune

G

Galaxy Carpet Mills (Mohawk)
(800) 242-5299

Glen Eden Wool Carpet
(800) 843-1728
glen-eden.com

Globaltex Carpet Mills Ltd. (Dixie)
(800) 753-0704
thedixiegroup.com

Godfrey Hirst
godfreyhirst.com

Grass Tex

Gulistan
(800) 869-2727

H

Harbinger (Mohawk)
(800) 553-6045
harbingercarpet.com

Helios
helioscarpet.com

Heritage

Hollytex

Home Foundations

Horizon

Hospitality Designs

I

Image Carpets
(800) 722-2504
mohawkind.com

Interface Flooring Systems
(800) 336-0225
interfaceinc.com

Invision

J

J Mish
jmish.com

J & J Industries
(800) 859-9558
jjindustries.com

Joy

K

Karastan (Mohawk)
(800) 848-2020

Karastan Contract
(800) 553-6045
karastancontract.com

Karndean Flooring
karndean.com/en/floors

Key Carpet

Kraus Carpet Mills
(800) 265-2787
krauscarpet.com

L

Lees
(800) 523-5647

Lexmark

Lotus Carpets (Beaulieu)
(800) 451-1250

Louis de Poortere
(866) 537-7847

Lowe’s Carpet Corporation
(800) 333-2468

M

Mannington Commercial Carpet
(800) 241-2262
mannington.com

Masland Carpets (Dixie)
(800) 633-0468
maslandcarpets.com

Milliken
(800) 257-3987
millikencarpet.com

Mohawk Commercial
(800) 553-6045
aladdincommercial.com/carpet

Mohawk Residential
(800) 241-4494
mohawkind.com

Monterey Carpet (Collins & Aikman)
(800) 678-4640

N

Next Floor

Nourison
nourison.com

Nourtex
nourison.com/nourtex

Nova

NRF Select

O

Omego Pattern

Oriental Weavers Rugs
owrugs.com

P

Pacificrest Mills (Royalty)
(800) 522-8838
pacificrest.com

Patcraft Commercial (Shaw)
(800) 381-8160
patcraft.com

Patrick Carpet Mills (Dixie)
(800) 421-1846
maslandcarpets.com

Philadelphia Commercial (Shaw)
(800) 441-7429
shawinc.com

Plaza

Playfield Carpet
(800) 221-7449
playfield.org

Porter Carpet
(800) 241-2071

Prestige Mills
(800) 223-7587

Prince Street
(800) 423-4709
princestreet.com

Q

Queen / Shaw
(800) 241-4031
shawinc.com

R

Richmond Carpet Company
(800) 241-2278

Regency House

Royalty Carpet Mills
(800) 854-8331
royaltycarpetmills.com

S

Salem

S & S Carpet Mills
(800) 241-4013

Shaw Commercial
(800) 441-7429
shawcontract.com

Shaw Contract Design
(800) 831-8220
shawinc.com

ShawMark

Shaw Residential
(800) 441-7429
shawinc.com

S I Flooring Systems
(800) 258-3121
sind.com

Solutia
(800) 547-9281
solutia.com

Stanton Carpet
(706) 624-9385
stantoncarpet.com

Stark Carpet
(212) 752-9000
starkcarpet.com

Sunrise Carpet (Mohawk)
(800) 241-4582
mohawkind.com

Sunweaver

Sutton

T

Tarquett

Textile Rubber Chemical
(800) 727-8483

Tower Carpet (Dixie)
(800) 241-4225
thedixiegroup.com

Tuftex (Shaw)
(800) 366-0951
tuftexcarpet.com

U

Unique

US Axminster
(800) 483-9955

V

Venture

W

Weave – Tuft

Wellco

Westweave

Wexford

Woolshire

Wools of New Zealand
(800) 367-0462

World Carpets (Mohawk)
(800) 765-0477
mohawkind.com

World

Wunda Weve

Z

Zenith.


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Carpet Padding Types Cost and Specifications

What Carpet Padding Is Best For My Home? Make sure you choose carpet padding wisely! Here are the most common Carpet Padding Types Cost and Specifications for residential homes, offices and commercial applications. See my current price chart for Rebond padding.

Rebond Pad

(Best Bang for your Buck!)

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

Rebond padding 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 Price Chart 2022

Rebond Carpet PaddingRebond Type (Residential)

This Chart is for Standard Rebond Type Foam Carpet Pad Only, Not for Moisture Barrier, Memory Foam or Other Types of Padding.

(Cash and Carry Prices Shown)

Density  Thick    Roll Size   Sq Ft  / Sq Yds    Cost SF / SY / Roll
5 lb          3/8”        6’ x 45’       270        30         .27        2.44       $73
5 lb          3/8”        6’ x 45’       270        30         .26        2.34       $70
5 lb          1/2″        6’ x 45’       270        30         .37        3.30       $100
6 lb          7/16”      6’ x 45’       270        30         .40        3.64      $109
6 lb          1/2″        6’ x 45’       270        30         .45        4.00       $120
7 lb          7/16”      6’ x 45’       270        30         .39        3.50       $105
8 lb          5/16”      6’ x 45’       270        30         .40        3.64       $109
8 lb          7/16”      6’ x 45’       270        30         .48        4.34       $130
8 lb          1/2″        6’ x 45’       270        30         .48        4.30       $129

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Carpet Padding Types Cost and Specifications Explained

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 – $6.99 per square yard or about 39 to 77 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.

Padding Types

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 significantly 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.

You don’t want to use a moisture barrier pad in a basement. The last thing you want is to trap moisture underneath your padding. If your basement has a musty smell, you might want to investigate and find out why.

There are companies that specialize in solving moisture problems in basements. Some homeowners choose to seal their concrete themselves with a product called Thompson’s Water Seal.

Mold and Mildew Problems in Basements

If you suspect your basement has a moisture problem, the entire area should be tested. You should find the moisture source and have it corrected prior to installing any flooring materials.

Carpet and padding installed over concrete slabs or in basements must be able to breathe sufficiently to allow any moisture to evaporate up and through the pad and carpet.

You don’t want to trap any moisture under the carpet or padding, therefore padding with a moisture barrier should not be used over concrete if there is any chance of moisture from any source.

Common Sources of Moisture in Basements

Mold and mildew is a serious issue and can be the cause of major health problems for people of any age.

Water will always find a way! Even if you think the area is completely dry or effectively sealed, water can somehow find a way to escape its containment boundaries and can become the cause of serious damage to your home over time.

Just a small continuous drip from a leaky pipe can eventually turn into a serious problem and might not be discovered until months or years later. Mold and mildew will form wherever there is a continuous or intermittent source of moisture.

  • Heavy rain is the most common cause of occasional basement flooding. Improperly installed or damaged gutters and downspouts are a common source of intermittent moisture problems.
  • Leaky water supply hoses and drainage pipes from upper level bathrooms and laundry rooms can become a frequent source of water collecting or pooling in lower levels and basement areas.
  • Children splashing in the bathtub can cause a significant amount of water to flow down through cracks along the wall and cause damage to lower levels of your home.
  • Kitchen faucets and sprayers, under sink drains and any connection or seals to and from dishwashers or washing machines are a common source of moisture that can create a perfect storm for mold and mildew to grow in places where it can be almost impossible to detect.
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 10-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


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My Recommended Carpet Stores

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What Causes Carpet Wrinkles? Top 10 Reasons Explained

Why does my carpet have ripples?

What Causes Carpet Wrinkles?  There are many reasons why wrinkles may appear in your carpet.

Carpet needs to be stretched in sufficiently to prevent wrinkles from forming over time.

Carpet Wrinkles Explained
If you have Carpet Wrinkles like this, you need to have it fixed before it gets worse!

If this is the case, a simple re-stretch of your carpet may fix your carpet wrinkle problem and 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.

You need to figure out what has caused the wrinkles to form, and make sure it doesn’t happen again….

Top 10 Causes of Carpet Wrinkles…
and who or what may be the cause.

Any carpet can develop wrinkles for number of reasons. The #1 main cause is improper installation.

There are many other reasons why your carpet might develop wrinkles and I will explain what those are in this article.

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.

Hopefully they can 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?

Cold Carpet Stretching

Carpet is easier to stretch when warm, at least 70 degrees or higher when the backing is more flexible .

Carpet is much harder to stretch-in when it is cold.

If your carpet was originally installed on a cold day or in a cold room, it may not have been stretched in tight enough in the first place.

If your wrinkles showed up quickly after a few hot summer days, then this might be the reason.

Warmer weather allows the carpet backing to relax and that’s when most wrinkles show up.

What Causes Carpet Wrinkles?

Continued

Carpet From Lowe’s, Home Depot 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…

I buy plenty of items from home improvement stores like home Depot and Lowe’s and I shop every week at Costco.  They have a good selection and some good deals on many household items I need. However, I would never buy new carpet or flooring from any of these retailers. Here’s why…

New Carpet From Lowe’s or Home Depot? Many nationally advertised Carpet retailers use OTHER privately held companies to handle their carpet sales, carpet measuring or carpet installation services. You never know who you are really dealing with.

Carpet Sample Display Rack

That means if you ever have a carpet problem or complaint, you may have a hard time knowing who to call, finding anyone to answer your calls and locate the right company responsible for making things right.

Should I buy Carpet From Lowe’s or Home Depot? What about Empire Today or Costco?

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
  • Lowe’s and Home Depot offer free basic carpet installation if you meet certain purchase requirements. Anything your job requires beyond their limited definition of a “basic install” will incur additional hefty charges and fees.
  • Costco members can grab a brochure with a number to call to start the in-home Carpet Consultation Process – provided by another privately-held company. Costco is just a referral program and take their share of the profit right off the top of your carpet purchase.

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 if you buy from a nationally advertised company.

Carpet Sales from Lowe’s, Home Depot or 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 new carpet 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 fork out 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.

 

Use a magnifying glass!

Their advertised free 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.

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 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.

Lowe’s Carpet Installation Free?

Lowe’s offers free carpet installation if you spend enough on new carpet and padding. Then they add on extra fees and charges for anything and everything that is beyond their limited definition of a “basic” installation. Their limited definition of a “basic install” seems to vary from time to time so their free install offer is always subject to change.

Their so-called “free” carpet installation that lures many homeowners in, may not be totally free once their farmed-out measuring estimators and sub-contracted installers get a good look at your home and discover what extras are needed to complete your project. Don’t be surprised if there are numerous extra fees & charges tacked-on.

Extra charges?

They require that you pay for the entire carpet job IN FULL before they will place your carpet or flooring order. But that doesn’t include any unforeseen costs, add-ons, and extra fees and charges.

Your 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, repairs  and extra material and labor fees.

You never know what problems they might uncover after removing your old carpet and padding. I’ve seen a lot of dry rot and other forms of sub-floor damage lurking underneath old carpets.

There are hefty charges tacked on for anything considered beyond their current limited definition of a “Basic” carpet installation. They have to recoup the cost of free installation somehow.

Carpet From Lowe’s or Home Depot? 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.

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 with different names 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”?

What do I suggest? 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.

Carpet Measuring From Lowe’s or Home Depot?

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 Make It Hard To Comparison Shop

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?

Costco Carpet Brochure
Costco Carpet Brochure

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.

Don’t Forget About Carpet Padding Types and Cost

Is There a Better Way?

Not all carpet dealers are honest and reputable. 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 carpet stores 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.

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 carpet 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.

Visit Alan’s List of Recommended Carpet Dealers (don’t forget to print up my free coupon.  Want to 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. Learn more: Best & Worst Places to Buy Carpet?


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 and flooring stores. They give free estimates, offer fair prices, have knowledgeable staff, provide honest measuring and use qualified installers. Are there any recommended 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.

 

If you need to hire an independent CARPET installer…  Read This Article

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