Flooring Buyers Guide

Let’s talk about buying stuff. Although my focus is on floor covering, I think this applies to any thing you may purchase.

Pet peeve: What does “On Sale” mean? If it is 30% off today, wouldn’t you feel stupid if you bought it yesterday? Should a purchase that needs to last 10 years be based on what is on sale? By the way. There is no such thing a sale. Everything is on sale in a retail business. That’s the rule.

But what about Stainmaster carpet on sale? Stainmaster does not make carpet. They make yarn and never tell retailers what price to charge. Never. Really. So why buy in a place that already lied to you?

Price is meaningless. I have carpet in all price ranges. Do not expect an $18 Sq.Yd. Carpet to last a life time no matter what that nice salesman said. Heck, carpeting your floor with handkerchiefs will set you back $9 a Sq.Yd. Don’t waste your time and money on sales.

What are you going to use the floor for? Rental, vacation, full time? How rough are you on floors? Kids, teenagers, houseguests, husbands? Is your house neighborhood central?
Will you do regular maintenance? Do you want to do regular maintenance? Maybe a hard surface is for you. What color, texture, and appearance are you looking for?

Am I asking too many questions? Well. It is your money and although I cannot read your mind, I can find out your desires.

What is the most important part of a carpet sample?

The backing because that is where the lawyers put the warranty information.

How about the underlayment?

You do realize that it is my job, not yours to choose the proper pad for your carpet? Right?

The manufacturer has specified the correct pad for your carpet. Of course there is a better pad. It will double your warranty. It feels great. It is three times more money that regular pad. It is cool and you and I will be the only ones who know it is there.
Oh wait. It is UNDER your carpet. Ok only I will know it is there. Get the idea? All pad feels great when it is new. Great pad feels great when it is old.
My job is to make 100% sure that your flooring will meet all your needs for as long as you need it.