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Carpet Installation Cost

Carpet Installation Cost

Alan Fletcher – Carpet Expert & Consumer Advocate

 

Carpet installation costs, fees and charges vary depending on your location, how difficult the job is and the type of Carpet you select. Here’s what YOU need to know…

Highest and Lowest Carpet Installation Costs Nationwide

In different parts of the United States, the current price for Carpet Installation may be slightly higher or lower depending on the current supply and demand in your area. Right now is a great time to buy new carpet because installation costs are generally lower everywhere right now due to the lack of consumer spending on basic home improvements. 

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All About Carpet Durability and Foot Traffic for Your Home

How Long Will My Carpet Last? 

All about Carpet Durability, Carpet Cost and specifications

  • All About Carpet Durability and Foot Traffic for Your Home,

  • Carpet Cost, Carpet Durability,

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There are several carpet specifications that will help determine if a carpet can handle your level of foot traffic. The main factors most homeowners must consider are:

 

Carpet Fibers

There are several different types of carpet fibers to choose from. For example; Nylon is known as the most durable fiber available today and is also the most expensive to manufacture. But not all nylon fibers are created equal. Some are more durable than others and some nylon fibers are made softer than others due to the diameter or “denier” of the strand. The thinner the fiber strand the softer the carpet will feel. But does a softer feel make for a less durable carpet? I think so…

Tuft Twist

When groups of fiber strands are gathered together and twisted they form into “Tufts” These tufts are inserted into the carpet backing to create various styles of carpet. When the tufts are twisted together they use heat to “set” the tufts – similar to how women use a curling iron to curl their hair. The number of twists formed per lineal inch is how they determine the “Tuft Twist” rating. Most plush style carpets have a tuft twist rating of 4 to 6.

Frieze styles are known for having a tuft twist rating of 6 to 8. Generally speaking, the higher the tuft twist rating the longer your carpet will retain it’s “like new” appearance. This is because over time the tufts may begin to lose their twist or “blossom”, causing the carpet to gradually lose it’s like new appearance.. Some carpet fibers are able hold their “twist” better than others and this ability is known as being more “resilient” Nylon is the most resilient carpet fiber available today. Polyester is the least resilient carpet fiber.

Face-Weight

Carpet face-weight is the weight of the fiber that is used to manufacture the carpet pile. Face weights range from 20 ounces to 120 ounces and most residential carpets sold today are between 30 to 60 ounces. Generally speaking, the higher the face-weight, the more durable the carpet will be. But this does not always hold true. If the pile height is too tall, it may be more prone to matting and crushing.  Depending on your level of foot traffic, you may need to limit the pile height and increase the face weight. This is what we call the “Pile Density” rating.

Pile Height /Density Rating

Using a mathematical formula we can take the Pile height and pile face-weight to determine the Pile Density rating. Generally speaking, the higher the pile density the more durable a carpet will be. This holds true more often when the pile height is not too high as to limit the potential for matting and crushing of the pile.  Once the carpet tufts begin to fall over, crush and collapse the carpet will lose its like-new appearance. Some carpet fibers are more prone to matting and crushing than others. With nylon carpet, a good cleaning may help restore the tufts to their original upright position and allow your carpet to regain some or all of its like new appearance.   However, carpets made from other fibers may not yield the same favorable results. What is the best pile height and density rating for the carpet that will best serve your needs and goals? 

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How Do I Choose the Right Carpet Fiber? What is BCF?

How do I choose the Right Carpet Fiber?

What Does BCF Mean?

Q. I have four kids and three dogs. I need a carpet that is able to take a beating. My question: I am confused about carpet specifications. What is BCF?  I see these initials on the back of some carpet samples but not others? What does this mean?

Alan’s response:

BCF stands for Bulked Continuous Filament. You want to buy a carpet made from a continuous filament fiber. The work “Bulked” refers to a process where the manufacturer makes the strand of fiber beefed up, or bulked to create a fatter and more beefy feel. Think of it like using a volumizer on your hair, it makes it feel thicker and fuller.  The “CF” or Continuous Filament, means the strand is formed or “extruded”  in one long strand.  When they make carpet from a CF fiber is virtually eliminates the shedding and fuzzing that you experience with a carpet made from a Staple Fiber. 

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What is a Staple Fiber?

A Staple Fiber is short lengths of fiber, usually 3 to 10 inches long, that are spun together to make a long strand. Strands are then twisted to form a tuft. When carpet is made using staple fibers, the carpet will tend to shed and fuzz for up to a year after installation. While this is normal, it is not a result that most homeowners enjoy living with. When you vacuum up bag after bag of loose fibers, it makes you think your new carpet will shed so much it will eventually become totally bald! So unless you like vacuuming three times a day, I suggest you be sure to buy a carpet made from a Continuous Filament Fiber. 

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What is a Good Carpet Choice for Kids Dogs Cats and Pets?

What is a Good Carpet Choice for Kids Dogs Cats and Pets?

Q. I am looking for a good quality carpet that can withstand children, cats, dogs and heavy traffic. I have a formal living room that you land in upon entering my house. To get to any other part of the house at that point, one needs to walk through the living room. My biggest problem is the traffic marks from the front door, across the living room and down the hallway to the bedrooms. This gets dirty fast.

Alan’s response:

A Nylon Frieze is one of the most durable and best-wearing carpet styles. There is only one type of carpet fiber that can withstand kids, pets, and heavy traffic, it’s a Nylon Frieze. Depending on how long you want your carpet to last, you need to choose accordingly. I suggest you take my free Carpet Foot Traffic Test and follow the prompts until you determine what face-weight and pile density might best meet your needs and goals. 

For example: A 100% nylon frieze carpet style with a tuft twist of at least 6, a face weight of 38 to 45-oz, and a pile density of at 1800-2200 is designed to withstand 10 to 15 years of medium to heavy traffic. Frieze styles wear so well because they have a higher tuft twist and Nylon is the most durable fiber. Smartstrand by Mohawk is another good option if you want a carpet that is easy to clean and is excellent at resisting stains. Between Nylon and Smartstrand I think that the most important thing to consider is your budget and how long you want your new carpet to last. Overall, Nylon will last longer, but Smartstrand will be a bit easier to clean. Smartstrand is also known as Triextra or PTT or Sorona and was invented by DuPont. Personally I am a fan of Nylon because it has stood the teat of time for over 70 years while Smartstrand has been around for about 10 years.

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Berber Carpet Cleaning Complaints

Berber Carpet Cleaning Complaints

© By Alan Fletcher

Why do some Berber carpets attract dirt and are hard to keep clean? 

While Berber styles are elegant and beautiful when new, there is a common complaint from homeowners with Berber carpets made with the Olefin fiber. Consumers often report that within a week or two after a professional cleaning, previous spots and stains tend to reappear as if they were never cleaned at all. This is because the Olefin fiber is inherently oily and often makes Olefin hard to clean and prone to attracting dirt like a magnet. Old stains tend to reappear like magic.

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Carpet Buying Questions and Answers

Carpet Questions & Answers

© Alan J Fletcher – Carpet Expert and Consumer Advocate

Carpet Buying Questions & Answers by trusted consumer advocate. How to choose new Carpet wisely and avoid costly Carpet buying mistakes.

Every homeowner wants to make wise and informed choices when buying new Carpet or Flooring for their home. Here I have posted dozens of Common Carpet Buying Questions and Answers for you to read and learn from. There are hundreds of Q & A here for you to read and it’s a FREE SERVICE to all. If you have a Special Carpet Question,  please email me at Alan@AbcCarpets.com 

Best Carpet for Kids Playroom

I am looking to buy a Karastan Gaviota coast textured carpet for a large playroom, hallway and two bedrooms. There will be a lot of traffic in the playroom. It is a stainmaster ultra life with Tactesse. It does not seem very dense, as I can see the matting when I separate the fibers. It does not tell the fiber density or number of twists. It’s about $5 per sq. ft. I really like the color (It is flecked), but want the retention is more important to me. We have 8 children and pets. Could you please tell me if I should look at different carpeting and if frieze would be a better selection for me?

Answer:

I do not recommend the Tactesse fiber for you, you have too much foot traffic. I think you should go with a nylon frieze style instead. A frieze carpet is tried and tested to be a durable long lasting carpet. Use an 8-pound Rebond padding no thicker than 7/16″. 

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Beach House Carpet

I really need your help. I buying 80 yards of carpet for our beach house -four bedrooms and the hall and stairs. The hall and stairs get heavy wear and traffic. After much research I decided to purchase Berber nylon and was trying to decide between a Lees carpet and another nylon Berber with Scotch guard until I read your web site. Now I am wondering if Berber is the way to go or should I be looking at textured plush or this commercial grade cut pile you refer to on your web site… continued

 

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Carpet Styles – Popular Carpet Styles; Berber, Plush, Frieze…

Popular Carpet Styles; Berber, Plush, Frieze…

Choosing the right Carpet Style can be challenging. Here is a guide to help you sort it all out and allow you to make a wise and informed carpet selection. While Berber styles are popular, they are not always a good choice for those with active children or pets. Regardless of what carpet style you decide on, you must make sire to choose a grade that is capable of withstanding your level of foot traffic. I have created a Free Carpet Foot Traffic Test to help you determine what grade or quality  of carpet will be best for you.

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