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Top 40 Flooring Questions And Answers (that get asked all of the time)

Updated: Oct 11, 2022

Top 40 Flooring Questions And Answers (that get asked all of the time)


When it's time to start a floor-covering project, there are usually a ton of questions that get asked. If you want to get your answer to the most commonly asked floor-covering questions...read on.


Top 40 Flooring Questions And Answers (that get asked all of the time)


Carpet

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Carpet


#1 How Much Does Carpet Cost?


The cost of carpet will depend on a lot of factors. Each carpet manufacturer has its own good, better, best products. Each carpet will have a different price. When figuring out the cost of the carpet, you will also need to look at:

  • The cost of carpet pad

  • The cost of installing the new carpet

  • The cost of removing and disposal of any old flooring

  • Is there any furniture to be moved?

As with carpet, stores will have a good, better best carpet pad. Prices on these products will vary


Installation costs will vary, depending on the area in which you live, as well as with the project itself. The more work there is to do to prepare for the installation, the more money it will cost.


We have a few blog articles that talk about carpet costs that provide additional insight into the cost of carpets.

Carpet On Sale Near Me (A Buyers Guide)

How To Measure Your Room for Carpet


When shopping for the carpet you need to evaluate your project goals to determine the best type of carpet you need (for your situation). Sometimes you might want a very thick, luxurious piece of carpet that is very expensive, other times your project might warrant an inexpensive piece of carpet that has a good warranty.


Carpet in the old days was figured by square yards. Today, stores have changed the pricing to "by the square foot." This was done has a marketing strategy to make the price tags look more affordable. For example, if you have a carpet price tag that is selling for $15.00 a square yard, versus a price tag that is selling for $1.67 a square foot, a first glance, which one would you think is the better deal? While they are both the same overall price, the $1.67 looks much more appealing to the customer.


#2 How Do You Measure for Carpet?


There is a process you need to follow when shopping for carpet. If you don't follow this process, it will end up costing you hundreds, if not thousands of dollars. One of the most important parts of the process is to have a general idea of how to measure for carpet.


As a customer, you don't need to determine the exact quantity that you will need. You can leave that up to professionals. However, it is important that you provide a diagram to your local store. We have a great article that dives into this topic, and explains the entire process:

How To Measure Your Room For Carpet


As a starting point, hand draws a diagram of the area(s) you want to re-carpet. Use a tape measure to measure the width and length of each room. Measurements should be in feet/inches, not just in inches. For example, a room might be 10'0" long, do not say it is 120" long. While it is obviously the same, figuring rooms in inches makes it more difficult for the flooring professional.


You do not need to measure every little curve in your wall. Simply measure the widest and longest points. Your flooring professional will take your information and put together a starting point estimate.


Flooring stores do free home measurements. The point of measuring yourself will help with the overall buying process. Please read: How To Measure Your Room For Carpet to get more in-depth information.



#3 How Long will It Take To Get My Carpet Installed (Once I Make My Purchase) ?


It usually takes between 7-10 days for a store to order and receive your carpet from the manufacturer.


There are several variables that might take place in receiving the carpet. For example, if the carpet is out of stock at the mill, the production time might slow down the shipping process. Stores will learn about any delays when ordering and should relay this information to the customer.


Most stores will schedule the installation once they receive the carpet. It is never a good idea to schedule installation before the carpet arrives. Typically, a store can schedule an installation within 2 weeks of receiving the carpet in their warehouse.


If you need a quicker installation, make sure you discuss this with your flooring professional, BEFORE you order. A lot of stores have in-stock rolls that would be available to be installed right away.


#4 How Long Can I Expect My New Carpet To Last?


That all depends on the type of carpet that you purchased, the traffic the carpet gets, and how the carpet is maintained.


When you are looking at the carpet, you need to consider the type of product you are doing. for example, if you have a high-traffic area to re-carpet, you would not want to install a low-price-point carpet that does not have a good warranty. Review the carpet warranty before you make your purchase.


Each carpet manufacturer has a maintenance manual, as well as instructions for cleaning (to maintain your warranty). When purchasing, make sure you consider the cleaning procedures and guidelines as part of your buying process.


#5 Why Is My New Carpet Fuzzing?


The little carpet fibers found in your vacuum cleaner are usually the normal result of the manufacturing process, and nothing to worry about. Most of the time, after about 6-12 months after installation, these little carpet fibers will go away.


It is extremely important to have the right type of vacuum for your new carpet. Make sure you check with your maintenance manual to determine the type of vacuum that is recommended for your carpet. Not all vacuum cleaners are equal. You need to make sure you don't damage your carpet by using the wrong type of vacuum.



#6 How Do I Choose A Good Quality Carpet?


The type of carpet you pick should be determinedbyn the goals you have for your project. Once you determine what you are trying to achieve with not only your project, but with your project budget, then you can make a determination on picking out a quality carpet.


Keep in mind that every carpet manufacturer has good, better, and best carpets. Plus, they all use their own marketing names for their warranty programs. We have some good articles that will be helpful in determining a good quality carpet:

Reviews Of SmartStrand Carpet

Carpet On Sale Near Me (A Buyers Guide)


When picking out your carpet, a good warranty should cover spills, stains, and wear. Plus, you should always involve your local store flooring professional. They will have information on the types of carpets they sell.


#7 How Long Should I Wait To Walk and Put Furniture On My New Carpet?


There is no waiting period for walking on the new carpet. You can walk on it as soon as it is installed.


#8 How Do I Clean My Carpet?


You always want to follow the guidelines provided to you by the carpet manufacturer. This is extremely important as your carpet warranty, in part, will be based on you following their recommendations.


For example, if the maintenance instructions advise you to have your carpet cleaned by a professional twice a year, you will want to save those payment receipts, in case you ever need to file a performance claim.


Another example would be the type of vacuum you use. Some carpets that are thicker need to have special types of vacuums.


As stated above, you always want to follow the guidelines provided to you by the manufacturer.


#9 When Is The Best Time Of The Year To Buy New Carpet?


You often read about buying carpet (to get the best price) in Mid-December, or during the cold winter months.