Inevitably the day will come when we must replace our carpets. Unfortunately, must consumers are enticed by sales people to buy carpet based on color and thickness. Here a several valuable tips to help you make better, more informed “buying” decisions when it comes time to replace your carpet.
- There are 3 main carpet fibers on the market today. They are nylon, polyester and olefin. Each have their PROS and CONS so consider which will best fit your needs. Click Here to download your “FREE” Copy of our ‘Carpet Characteristics’ report.
- FiberCARE Recommends: Installing Nylon Carpet. However there are 2 types of nylon, so be sure to ask for TYPE 6, 6. The performance is ‘AMAZING’
- Always install your carpet over an 8 pound carpet cushion (or pad). Most retailers will sell you a ” 4 pound pad” and never inform the consumer about the industry standards or how inferior pad will break down over time and result in permanent visible traffic lanes. They do this to cut corners and pocket the savings. Unfortunately, sub-standard carpet cushion only lasts a couple of years (just enough to exceed the warranty) and then breaks down. Homeowners must then deal with ugly wrinkles (or buckles) on the carpet or unsightly traffic lanes that are caused ‘not by soil’, but by an uneven pad that no longer reflects light (ie. color) evenly.
- Ensure carpet cushion (pad) is unrolled and allowed to expand at least 24 hours before installation. Most installers are always in a hurry to get to their next job and fail to take this critical step. They instead open the rolls of carpet cushion for the first time at the time of installation. The pad which is “vacuum” packed to 75% of its original size will not have enough time to expand for proper installation and this will lead to costly unnecessary repairs.
- FiberCARE Recommends: Coordinating with the installer and having them schedule 2 appointments with you. The first is just to drop off the pad and unroll it in your garage or back yard where it can expand. The second is for the actual installation at least 24 hours after the first appointment.