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Tips for Buying Carpet Wholesale Needed
We would like to replace our old carpet but are not sure what to look for and what to avoid in terms of fiber content, stain properties, durability, colors, etc. Also, what is the best time of year to buy carpeting and where is the best place to buy it? We are unable to utilize remnants, as we want to do the seven rooms all at once in the same carpet. Does anyone have any suggestions on buying carpet at wholesale?
Buying Carpet Wholesale Through Mills
You may want to check out the phone numbers in the back of home repair magazines for the carpet mills in Georgia. They will send you samples of any type of carpet to check out with a postage paid envelope to send the samples back when you are finished looking at them. You can purchase your carpet directly from the mill, skipping the middleman entirely.
The only draw back is that they do charge a little more per role of carpet if it has to be cut and some of them do not deliver directly to your home. You may have to rent a trailer or find a friend or family member who can pick it up from a delivery port and bring it to your home. You will have to hire someone to lay your carpet, but check with your local hardware and paint stores, as they sometimes have a list of people who do this work on the side or as a profession. You can get your vinyl or linoleum flooring through them as well.
C. Miles in Colorado
Insider's Report About Buying Carpet Wholesale
I worked at a carpet store for several years. The best fiber to look for is nylon. It doesn't fade like polyester. It holds up better, too. Freizes are good and hold up wonderfully. Some look like shag carpet. The new softer carpets are great, too. Look on the back of the carpet samples. Shaw Carpets usually have the face weight, durability ratings and traffic ratings on them.
Earth tones are better to use. If you have kids, I suggest going with medium to dark hues. Picking a certain color such as a blue isn't good. You will be stuck with it if you decide to change your room colors. Carpet is too expensive to change every couple of years. I made that mistake myself.
It doesn't matter what time of year you purchase carpet. Check with a local carpet store in your area. They will give you more personal service.
Landlord's Advice on Buying Carpets
I'm a landlord who has installs carpet often in my homes and apartments. Let's face it. Most tenants don't take the best of care of carpeting. I took the advice of other landlords and carpet professionals, and it has worked. You don't need to buy the top line and most good carpets are treated well for stain and dirt resistance.
Using the same carpet throughout the home, including closets, makes the entire place look richer and homier. Avoid carpet in the kitchen and never in the bath. I believe the professional carpet layers from a carpet store do the best job.
I have found that buying in winter is best. Ask for references of recent installations and check with those customers. Some carpet installers will damage your woodwork with their stretchers and careless techniques. Unless you want to touch up paint scars and repair damaged woodwork, hire the better ones.
Look around at your present wear patterns (corners, hallways, entrances, in front of desks and tables) to help decide what type of pile works best. I have found that a medium sculpture weave wears very well and hides furniture marks. Plush piles show all sweeper tracks and eventually mat down in doorways, etc. Your pad is actually very important; it can help your carpet last years longer. Don't skimp there. I have had carpet installed in my own home for 32 years and it still looks very nice. I installed decent carpet in a rental home 19 years ago and it still looks good, even after seven tenants. You don't need to overpay. Have it installed properly and then take care of it.
John in Ohio
Carpet? Are You Sure?
Before you jump at carpet, ask yourself if carpet would be your first choice in these areas? You might find that top quality vinyl might be better in high traffic areas. If you own, real wood floors are a 50-year property improvement. It is expensive and a bother dealing with the install, but the property value goes up and they never have to be replaced. Scratches can be gently buffed and filled. And a little wear adds character. Carpet does not get character from wear. Instead, it just looks dirty, worn out and old. Carpet is high maintenance and high cost due to it constantly needing to be replaced.
If you do decide that carpet is the right answer, take the time to do it right. Plan on replacing the pad with a top quality pad. That pad will double or triple the life of the carpet. When you pull out the old carpet, use an enzyme cleaner to permanently remove problems from the sub-floor so animals will not re-damage the carpeting. And vacuum that sub-floor thoroughly. It is nasty and will dirty the new carpet.
When you chose the carpet, I suggest that you look at the color of dirt/mud that will get tracked in and chose a color that will hide any stains you can't clean off. I know that I wouldn't want to spend hours on hands and knees scrubbing. Instead, put a bit of forethought into carpet color. One of the nicest looking carpets I have ever seen is at my Mom's house. It is almost 30 years old and the color of shadowed grass under trees. It does not show most stains, and since it looks like "ground," it blends with everything. When you buy the carpet, get a bit extra and save it for patches.
When Buying Carpet, Pay Attention to Detail
When I needed to replace the carpet in my home following a house fire. I went with a carpet that averaged $15 per square yard with pad. This was a huge mistake. It all had to be replaced 2.5 years later. The backing of the carpet separated and I had rolls building up on my carpet. I went back to the dealer and began my carpet education. My carpet was under warranty, so I ended up paying the price difference. Here is what the carpet dealers told me:
- For a good quality carpet, look at the number of twists per strand of yarn. You'll get a more durable carpet if you look for tightly woven twists and more twists. I have four children, so this was important to me.
- Ask for large remnants to take home and place on your floors. Visualize it in your home for color.
- Look at the "grid" on the backside of the carpet. If there are large grids, avoid it. The grids should be small and close together.
Don't scrimp on your carpeting. You will not be happy with the results.
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