Top 10 Carpet Buying Questions Answered – Carpet Professor

Top 10 Carpet Buying Questions Homeowners Ask: How To Choose Carpet Wisely and Avoid Scams? How Much Does New Carpet Cost? What About Free Carpet Installation? How Much Does Carpet Installation Cost? How Much Carpet Do I Need? What is the Best Carpet Fiber for Me?

Top 10 Carpet Buying Questions

1. How To Choose Carpet Wisely and Avoid Scams?

First, I’d like to tell you a few of the little-known facts about buying carpet that you may not be aware of and what you need to learn before you head out to shop for new carpet.

I want you to fully understand how important it is to choose the Right Carpet & Pad that is capable of meeting your needs, goals, lifestyle and budget.

It’s also very important that you know what to do to ensure your new carpet is installed correctly and how to properly maintain your new carpet so it lasts as long as possible.

For you to be satisfied with your carpet purchase, there are several very important steps that must be done right. This is what this website is all about.

How Do I Choose the Right Grade of Carpet?

It’s not realistic to expect a low-quality carpet to last 20 years in a high-traffic application. However, you don’t need to buy the most expensive carpet if you have low foot-traffic and only expect it to last 5 to 10 years.

Before you head out the door to go carpet shopping, you need to consider several important questions, for example;

  • How Long Do You Want Your New Carpet to Last? 5? 10? 15 years?
  • What is Your Level of Foot-Traffic? Low, Medium, Heavy?
  • How much do you plan on spending on this project?
  • Do you know where to get the best deal on new carpet?

Take my free Carpet Foot-Traffic Test to see where you stand.

Is buying carpet from Home Depot or Lowe’s a smart way to go? Perhaps you’ve seen those “shop-at-home” ads on TV that offer 60% off carpet or three rooms done for the price of one! Is this really a good deal? I know you have a ton of questions too, like Should I Buy Carpet from Home Depot?

2. How Much Does New Carpet Cost?

This is one of the most common carpet questions homeowners ask. Carpet, pad and installation prices continue to rise every year and this year even more than usual, mainly due to Covid-19 economic issues.

If you have a typical 2 or 3 bedroom home you might need to spend $2,500 to $6,000 to replace all the carpet in your home. Your total cost depends on your answers to these 3 questions:

Carpet Price Chart 2021 – Carpet Only Cost.

Minimum carpet prices shown. Padding and installation cost must be added separately based on your application and the type, style and grade of carpet you select. Carpet and padding prices are on the rise due to inflation and supply chain problems. Expect dramatic price increases and delivery delays in 2022

Carpet Pricing Chart

Take my Free Carpet Foot-Traffic Test to see what grade of carpet you need to select that can meet your needs, goals and lifestyle.

3. What About Free Carpet Installation?

The sad truth is, homeowners are constantly being targeted by crooks, thieves and con artists. You do not want to fall victim to unscrupulous carpet retailers who use sneaky sales tactics to con you into paying more and to receive less.

Any homeowner could easily be ripped off in a dozen different ways and never know it until it’s too late. What about those well advertised Free carpet installation specials at the big box warehouse stores like Lowe’s and Home Depot? Should I buy carpet at a home improvement warehouse?

Are those great sounding Carpet Specials on TV for Real?

Buy ONE room of carpet, get TWO rooms FREE! There are dozens of common retail carpet sales gimmicks, scams and rip-offs out there that you need to recognize and avoid.

Free carpet installation is a common TV sales gimmick to steer clear of. These TV commercials that offer great sounding deals on new carpet and carpet installation sure sound good until you read the fine print.

That’s why I have developed my own special hand-picked list of reputable, locally owned Carpet Dealers that I recommend to my readers. See who I recommend near you.

4. How Much Does Carpet Installation Cost?

The price you pay for carpet installation will vary depending on where you live, the grade of carpet you select, the style of carpet you select.

There are extra fees and charges for things like removing your old carpet and pad, upholstery work for a flight of stairs, Transitions and thresholds, floor preparation, and any number of other add-ons.

I have a special page dedicated to Carpet Installation Costs and all those extra fees and charges you might encounter.

You might be able to save some money if you can do some of the preliminary work before the installers arrive. Print out my free Carpet Buying and Installation Checklist.

5. How Much Carpet Do I Need?

Tape Measure 2Need to know how much carpet you need to buy? There are several ways to figure it out. Most carpet retailers offer a free in-home measure and estimate. You can always call a local carpet store and set up a time to have them come by!

You can hire a carpet installer to measure your home for carpet. There will be a fee for measuring unless you hire them to do the installation.

You can measure your home yourself if is not to complicated. Here is a link to show you how to do it. Learn more about How To Measure for Carpet yourself.

6. Where to Buy New Carpet?

Where to buy new carpet?

How To Select New Carpet and Avoid Scams? You need to buy from an honest and reputable carpet and flooring dealer.

Some carpet retailers are reputable and some are not. It’s almost impossible for the average consumer to be able to tell the difference until it’s too late, but with over 30 years in the carpet business I can easily tell the good guys from the bad guys. See Who I Recommend Near You

I’ve seen every sneaky carpet sales trick in the book. Unfortunately there are plenty of unscrupulous carpet retailers thinking up new and improved sneaky tricks and sales gimmicks to try to convince you to buy new carpet from them.

7. Choosing the Right Grade of Carpet?

There are thousands of different carpet grades, colors and styles to choose from. Select the wrong grade or quality and you may find your new carpet is hard to clean, stains easily, mats down, fades out or wears out in a hurry.

Selecting the right grade of carpet will require that you know what makes one carpet better than another. You need to know how well it is constructed.

Once you know what grade of carpet you need to buy, you then have to ask all the right questions to locate that carpet.

At the very least you need to know all about these 5 Basic Carpet Specifications

1. Face Weight
2. Pile Height
3. Pile Density
4. Fiber Type
5. Tuft Twist

You also need to know what type of Anti-Stain Protection is provided: Is it Stainmaster’s Teflon, Shaw’s R2X or was Scotchgard topically applied? I will explain later why this information is so important for you to know.

8. How To Buy New Carpet Wisely? Be Patient.

You might be asking yourself, what do I do once I have gathered all this information? How do I make sense of it all? Don’t worry; I’ll help you sort it all out.

I have free shopping forms, a carpet durability guide chart and carpet installation checklists for you to print up and use. Find them all here.


But before we get into all that, you really should take my Free Carpet Foot Traffic Test to find out what grade (or quality) of carpet will work best for you in your home.

It’s not a scientific test, but I believe it is a realistic measure of your lifestyle based on a few key variables. It only takes a minute or two to complete and it will help you understand your level of foot traffic and what grade of carpet would be a smart choice for you.

9. Why is Carpet Padding So Important?

Padding is the heartbeat of your carpet. It supports your carpet and helps protect it from damage, abrasion and wear. It also provides a soft cushy feel underfoot. But not all carpet pads are created equal.

Roll of padding
Roll of Rebond Pad

You are responsible for choosing the correct padding for the carpet style you select. You cannot rely on the carpet salesperson to make this choice for you.

So if you choose the wrong pad, you could void your new carpet warranty. If you choose the wrong pad, as a result, your carpet could develop wrinkles or wear out in prematurely. Here is what you need to know How to Select the Right Carpet Padding.

10. How will I know if my Carpet is installed properly?

The next thing you need to know is that there is a huge shortage of qualified carpet installers in many areas. Getting your new carpet installed properly is absolutely critical.

There are carpet installation guidelines that must be followed to keep your carpet warranty in force. While I don’t put much value in new carpet warranties, you can’t expect to win any carpet warranty claim if your carpet was not installed properly in the first place. So, this means it’s critical that you make sure to get qualified carpet installation.

I have created a handy Carpet Installation Inspection Form for you to use. Find it here

Your First Visit to the Carpet Store…

Local Carpet Retailer

Imagine walking into a carpet store for the very first time and being greeted by a friendly salesperson who says:

 “Welcome to our store, how can I help you?”

You then say, “Yes, I’m looking for new carpet for our family room (or whatever).

So, after exchanging a few pleasantries the salesperson will likely ask you a few probing questions to try to determine how to help you and to see if you are knowledgeable about buying carpet.

They may ask you what style of carpet you are looking for? Or if you know how much carpet you need? Or how much you money you plan to spend on your project?

You need to know the answers to these questions before you begin shopping for new carpet.

Take your time and take some carpet samples home to consider for a few days. Schedule a free estimate and measure of your home. Do not be pressured into buying by a pushy salesperson.

Get at least three free estimates and compare prices, products and services side by side. Only buy from a carpet dealer who you believe has what it takes to earn your business.

If you want to learn how to choose new Carpet wisely and avoid scams, I invite you to read all my carpet articles and print up all my free forms and guides. Here is my Table of Contents to help you navigate my site and get all your questions answered. Here is my list of free carpet Forms, Checklists and Guides to download, view or print.

What is the Best Carpet Fiber for Me?

Here are the 5 most common fibers used to make carpet. Which fiber is the best choice for your home? Each fiber has its good and not-so-good qualities. Your goal is to figure out which fiber will meet all your needs, goals, lifestyle and budget. Learn more about Carpet Fibers

1. Nylon 6 / Nylon 6.6

Cost $$$$, Most durable of all synthetic fibers, Very resilient, Cleans easily, Resists matting, Can be color Dyed, Best choice for heavy foot traffic applications, Fades in direct sunlight, not very soft,

2. Olefin / Polypropylene

Cost $$, Strong fiber, Durable, Impervious to water, Best choice for low to moderate foot traffic applications, Not very resilient, Not soft, Hard to keep clean, Stains can reappear after cleaning,

3. P.E.T. Polyester / Polyester

Cost $$, Resists stains, Cleans easily, Vivid colors, Resists fading, Very soft, Prone to matting, Not very resilient, best in low foot traffic applications,

4. Smartstrand / Sorona / Triexta / PTT

Cost $$$$, Resists stains, Easy to clean, Durable, Very Soft, Resilient,  Not recommended for heavy foot traffic applications,

5. Wool

Cost $$$$$, Natural fiber, Very durable, Soft, Resists burning, Resilient, Recommended for heavy foot traffic applications,  More expensive to install and maintain,

Learn more about Carpet Fibers


Carpet Professor preferred carpet dealers

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, knowledgeable staff, provide honest measuring and use qualified installers.

Are There Any Recommended Carpet Stores Near Me?

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6 thoughts on “Top 10 Carpet Buying Questions Answered – Carpet Professor

  1. I’m going be purchasing new carpet next year, so I’m glad I have your information to help educate me, I know I want good quality carpet, I will finish reading your blog and I truly appreciate your help. Thank You.
    Joyce Bruce


  2. I like your suggestion to figure out what your budget is like for the carpet installation along with the rug so that you won’t pay too much. My husband and I want to put in a new rug in our living room, and we are wondering how we should go about it. We will definitely have to first figure out our entire budget, including the amount of carpet we need, so that we don’t go over on the installation.


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