Posts Tagged ‘carpet buying’

Carpet Buying: Is it Smart to Buy Carpet Online?

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

Q: Is it smart to buy carpet online?

If you know how to properly measure your rooms, you know exactly what you want to buy, and you have your own carpet installer in mind, then buying carpet online can save you a lot of money.

But, before you go this route, it’s important to keep the following considerations in mind:

  • In order to determine how much carpet you need to buy, you’ll need to determine the square footage of the rooms you’re carpeting, and then factor in the width of the carpet roll you’re interested in (they’re not all the same size). You’ll also need to consider how much extra carpet you may need in order to line up patterns, etc. It’s important to do all of these calculations properly up front, since you won’t necessarily be able to run to the store to buy extra if you come up short.
  • Most online retailers require that you sign a disclosure that makes you responsible for assessing and reporting any damage (from the manufacturer or the shipper) before accepting your carpet when it’s delivered. That means, you’ll need (more…)

Carpet Tips: The Advantages of Carpet Padding

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Carpet padding (sometimes referred to as “underlayment”) is the material that’s placed between the carpet and the floor during installation. And, it’s not something that should be a mere afterthought to carpet buyers — buying a quality carpet pad can greatly extend the life of your carpet.

Additionally, according to the Carpet Cushion Council, purchasing a separate carpet cushion offers the following advantages to carpet installations: (more…)

Interior Design Ideas: Carpet Color Considerations

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

colorful living room

When buying a carpet, color is an important consideration. The floor of any room is one of its largest canvases, so you’ll want to make sure you pick something that complements the color(s) of the walls and the furniture, and something that works well with the lighting and mood of the room.

So, when considering color combinations when you’re out carpet buying, keep these basic interior design ideas in mind: (more…)

Advantages and Disadvantages of Wool Carpet

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Wool is the original green, environmentally sustainable fiber, so if you are looking to purchase a natural carpet, wool is an excellent option. But, it’s expensive.

Breeders have to use special sheep to produce the tough wool that goes into carpeting, and with such a restricted supply chain, that means consumer costs go up. It’s a great investment if you’re able to afford it, however, because it lasts a long time. For example, it’s not uncommon to see a 20-year-old wool carpet still in good use!

For you carpet buyers out there, let’s take a look at a quick snapshot of the wool carpet pros and cons.

 

Advantages of Wool Carpet

– It’s very soft and resilient, so furniture marks easily brush or vacuum out.

– The rough surface of a wool carpet fiber is able to hide dirt, making (more…)

Carpet 411: All About Tufted Carpet

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

tufted carpet | carpet expert Glenn Revere

As I mentioned in my recent post on woven carpet, which only accounts for 2% of the carpets sold today, the majority of the carpets being purchased for residential homes is called tufted carpet.

Tufted carpet is manufactured using a giant sewing machine with as many as 1,200 needles. The spacing of the needles is one factor in determining the quality of the carpet, since the closer the needles, the tighter the yarn spacing stitched into the carpet backing and the heavier the fabric. But, this is just one factor.

These tufting machines are (more…)

How to Buy Carpet: Selecting “Your” Carpet Retailer

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

Ok, it’s time to replace your carpet (or any type of flooring). How do you decide where to buy it? You basically have four choices: online, through a “big box” home improvement store, through a specialty flooring retailer, or with an interior designer.

In my opinion, flooring is not something to purchase over the Internet unless you are an expert. Even then, many pitfalls can arise.

I would suggest that you “buy local.” When you look a person in the eye, you can often get a good idea of the sales person’s personality and trustworthiness. Oftentimes, the carpet (or other flooring) is stocked locally for quick delivery and installation. If there is a problem, it is much easier to work with a real person, face to face, than it is anonymously over the Internet. (more…)

How to Seam Carpet and Why Carpet Seaming is Important

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

carpet seam sealing | Glenn Revere

Installing carpet correctly is not an easy job. There is more to it than “fuzzy side up”! An installer can spend years learning about the finer points of his (or her) craft. One key point that is frequently skipped completely is carpet seaming. “What is that?” you might ask.

Carpet is a fabric that is cut off a long roll and then cut again as needed to fit a room or rooms. Unless the rooms are slightly smaller than width of the carpet, the pieces must be seamed (joined) together into larger pieces to fit the rooms to be carpeted. (more…)

Carpet Buying Guide: All About Triexta Carpet

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

The Triexta carpet fiber took almost twenty years to develop specifically as a carpet fiber. While related to polyester, the Federal Trade Commission recognized it as a unique fiber in 2009. Mohawk markets Triexta fiber under their SmartStrand brand.

Triexta fiber has become very popular in the last few years. It is very stain and fade resistant. It cleans well. It is available in a huge range of colors and styles. And it is as resilient as nylon fiber while generally lower priced. It does have an affinity for oily spills. These spills tend to wick and re-appear if they are not carefully cleaned. (more…)

Carpet Buying Guide: All About Polyester Carpet

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Polyester carpet (PET) has a great “green” story. Most of the polyester used in carpets is made from recycled bottles. In fact, billions of bottles each year are diverted from landfills, melted, and turned into carpet fiber!

Polyester fiber is dyed while still in a melted state. Called solution dyeing, this process puts the color in the molecular structure of the fiber. Solution dyed fibers are extremely colorfast even in strong sunlight. This fiber is very stain resistant to almost all household spills. It also cleans well. Static is non-existent. Generally, polyester carpet costs less than nylon carpet.

Polyester carpet fiber has a few drawbacks. It does not have the same resilience as nylon. Once badly crushed, it will not “bounce back” like nylon. Furniture marks are much more difficult to remove. Polyester carpets must be made in heavier weights to perform as well as nylon carpet. While water based spills come right out, oil based spills are more difficult to remove. Oily spills tend to reappear and could take several re-cleanings to completely remove the spill.

To learn more about carpet fibers, read the following blog post: Carpet Buying Guide: Know the Difference Between Carpet Fibers.

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Who is Glenn Revere?

Glenn Revere has been a carpet expert since 1973. He’s a certified flooring inspector and the author of All About Carpets, the only book written to protect and inform you about your carpet choices, from carpet buying and carpet warranties to carpet care and maintenance. You can find him on Facebook, Google+ and Twitter.

Carpet Buying Guide: All About Nylon Carpet

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Chemists have formulated synthetic carpet fibers from petroleum for decades. Some of these synthetics did not work well. Nylon was the first commercially successful synthetic carpet fiber. It wore extremely well.

But earlier generations of nylon fiber also stained badly. Chemists spent years figuring out how to make nylon fiber more stain resistant. Stainmaster brand nylon hit the market in the late ’80’s and changed the carpet industry. Suddenly you could put light colors of carpet in heavily used rooms and maintain it much more easily.

Today, virtually all synthetic fibers are stain resistant. (Note: none of these fibers claims to be stain proof). The trend is towards ultra soft fibers. (more…)