Choosing Carpet for the Wrong Reasons


Selecting New Carpet for your home can be very confusing and frustrating because of all the various carpet types, styles and quality levels to choose from. Then there’s all the confusion regarding new carpet warranties. It should be no surprise to learn that most new carpet warranties are not worth the paper they are written on. Let me help you avoid choosing carpet for the wrong reasons.

How Long Does Carpet Last?

New Carpet can last for 5 years or for more than 20 years depending on a how well it’s made and how well you take care of it. The key is knowing how to choose the right grade of Carpet based on your own unique needs, goals and lifestyle.

Homeowners can quickly learn how to choose a suitable grade of carpet for their home by taking my free Carpet Foot-Traffic Test. It is designed to help you choose new carpet for all the right reasons and determine what grade of carpet will serve you best.

New Carpet Warranty Limits

You should never choose carpet based on the manufacturer’s new carpet warranty limits. Just because the label on the back of the carpet sample says “25 year wear warranty” doesn’t mean the carpet will last for 25 years in your home.

An interesting fact, carpet doesn’t really wear out, it just starts to appear worn out. Contributing factors are when stubborn stains get set in making it look dingy, the fiber loses its shine, the main traffic lanes get matted down and over time your carpet just starts to look ugly.

Carpet manufacturers know this fact all too well. That’s why they are happy to provide you with a long abrasive wear warranty. Most carpets come with a wear warranty rated by a number of years like this:

Carpet Wear Warranty

25-Year Abrasive Wear Warranty?

Carpet manufacturers define wear as the fiber being physically worn away by more than 10%. This almost never happens, even after 25 years of heavy use. You could have a herd of 50 buffalo hanging out in your living room every day for a year and still not lose more than 10% of the surface fiber.

After a year with 50 wild animals, your carpet would be totally matted down, dirty beyond belief and be the ugliest carpet you have ever seen. Still, the abrasive wear warranty would not come into play. Knowing this should help you avoid choosing carpet for the wrong reasons. You should never choose carpet based solely on the manufacturer’s new carpet warranty limits.

Carpet Prices Are Going Up!

100 yards of New Carpet for an average two-bedroom home today can easily cost anywhere from $3000 to $5000 or more. The cost all depends on the grade of carpet you select. I expect carpet prices to increase significantly in the coming year (2022) due to inflation and supply line delays.

Carpet Buying Secrets Revealed

Learn insider secrets about how to negotiate a great deal for new carpet, padding and installation. Learn how to make sure to have your flooring installed properly, according to accepted industry standards. See my list of free carpet articles

Free Carpet Buying Checklist:

I have created a checklist for homeowners that shows what you should do before, during and after having new carpet installed in your home. This free checklist can help you avoid making costly mistakes. Click on the image to view larger or print.

Carpet Buying Checklist DS


Carpet Dealer DirectoryIt’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?


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