Expert reveals secrets to buying new carpet like a pro!

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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Expert reveals secrets to buying new carpet like a pro!

Carpet Buying Guide: Should I Use a Moisture Barrier Padding?

Should I Use a Moisture Barrier Padding?

Some carpet salespeople recommend a moisture barrier pad to every customer. Moisture barrier pads are generally more costly than a standard padding and may be suitable in some circumstances. However, I have found that in most situations homeowners are mislead into thinking a moisture barrier pad can do more than they are actually designed to do.

Some claim that a Moisture Barrier pad will prevent spills from soaking into the pad. What benefit does that provide? Do I need that?

What Homeowners Need to Know….

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State License, Bond and Insurance Requirements for Carpet and Flooring Installers

Is your Carpet Installer Licensed, Bonded and Insured? Here’s how to find out!

Having new carpet installed soon? Looking for a qualified carpet or flooring installer? Be sure to hire a Carpet layer or Carpet subcontractor with a valid state license, a surety bond and business liability insurance.  Click here to check and verify to make sure your carpet installer is in compliance with your state regulations.  

Seeking contractor license verification? Wondering who to call to check and verify a subcontractors license, bond or insurance coverage?

Wondering how to find a qualified and competent carpet installer?

See my Top ten questions to ask before you hire ANY carpet or flooring installer.  How to be sure you are not scammed or ripped-off!  How to avoid common homeowner pitfalls

Many states now require carpet and flooring installers to be licensed bonded and insured. This is designed to protect the homeowner in case of shoddy workmanship or to cover any damages or injuries caused by the contractor. You should always call your state or local agency to make sure whoever you hire to do work on or inside your home or business is properly licensed, bonded and insured according to the State and Local Laws where you live.

If a license is not required in your state you should still hire a contractor who has liability insurance. This will protect you in the event there is any damage caused by the contractor.  Ask to see a copy of his insurance policy and call the insurance company to verify it is in effect. You can also ask that your name and jobsite address be named on the policy to ensure you are fully covered. The insurance company will be happy to mail or fax you a copy of the policy showing you as covered under the contractor’s policy.

You can also check to see  if there have been any prior complaints filed against the contractor in question. Some state or local agencies keep records of complaints or judgements filed against contractors.

Why is it SO important to only hire carpet installers who have LIABILITY INSURANCE?

Liability insurance typically covers property damage or bodily injury caused by the contractor that occur as a result of the contractor’s work. 

Limitations on insurance contracts vary widely and policy exclusions for specific exposures are common. It’s important for you to understand the coverage your contractor has in place and you should ask your contractor what  his liability insurance policy limits are and what  losses the policy may or may not cover.

Most liability insurance policy limits for carpet layers or flooring installers are at or above $1,000,000 in overall coverage, perhaps depending on the size and scope of the contractor’s business, number of employees and annual sales volume.

Why is it SO important to only hire carpet installers who have a SURETY BOND?

A Surety Bond Protects homeowners from shoddy workmaship and will help pay the cost of removing, repairing or replacing bad or incompetent work by the contractor. It is common to have a $5,000, $10,000 or a $20,000 surety bond depending on the size and scope of the contractor’s business, number of employees and annual sales volume.

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