Find an installer, have him measure and give you a bid. Have the box store measure , but don't tell them an installer has measured. Some of the box stores salespeople will try to sell you more than you need and so will some installers. If there is just a few yards different that is OK. But if there is a lot of difference, one of them is either dishonest or doesn't know what he is doing.
Hey Rob, shopping for carpet can be an overwhelming experience. You are on the right track, by familiarizing yourself with what's out there as far as, products, product quality, and product installation. Good job. We need some more information from you. For example, what rooms are you carpeting, what are your wall colors in these areas, what type of trim (painted or stained), what other flooring surfaces will be around the carpet, what are your fabric colors on (furniture, linens, drapes), what style of house (victorian, french coutry, traditional, cabin, southwest), how many people and pets will live in the home, what type of carpeting do you have in your home now, and what are your likes and dislikes about that carpeting, how well do you want your new carpet to perform, how old are your kids and pets. These are the type of questions a good salesmen should ask you. A professional salesmen should find out what's going to work best in YOUR situation. If a salesmen greets you with an offer of low price and what's in stock as soon as you walk in the store, turn around and walk out and go to the next store. When you find the store that sits you down and gets to know you and your situation before ever showing you any products, you've found the right place. I would bet customer service and installations at this store would be top notch also. As far as value goes Rob, it's all in how you preceive it. If you think experts are expensive, wait until you see how much amateurs cost you, this is a great signature by Nick explaining value.
Rob, I'll just list a few things that, I, as an independent inspector think customers should be made aware of. Basically two types of yarn. Bulk Continuous Filament (BCF) - No shedding, coarser texture, usually a harder ?hand?, close up view shows no fuzzy yarn shaft. Staple yarn ? Made to look like wool. Yarn is made up of short pieces of fiber carded and spun into a fuzzy yarn. Usually a softer ?hand? and colors usually are richer. Fiber sheds out of the yarns over the entire life of the carpet (lots in the beginning, less as time passes ? gonna fill your vacuum fast). Close up view shows a fuzzy yarn shaft. Carpet surface texture often changes (blossoms) with normal traffic and vacuuming to a greater degree than in the BCF yarns. Berbers will unravel if snagged. Make sure the installer seals the seam edges. My ratings of fiber types: 1. Nylon (it is a very durable fiber with excellent performance characteristics. Its strengths include good yarn memory to hold twist, good carpet cleaning efficacy, good stain resistance with stain treatment applied, good soil hiding ability, and good abrasion resistance. Nylon is manufactured in both BCF and staple fiber. It is the strongest fiber, making it an excellent choice for the heavy traffic of an active household or commercial facility. It?s also the most durable of the synthetics. It is soil and mildew resistant and resilient, but is prone to static. Most nylon is treated with an anti-static treatment to reduce static. Continuous filament fibers minimize pilling and shedding. 2. Everything else (Olefins - polypropylene and polyethylene ? its strengths include superior stain resistance, with the exception of oil-based stains, and low cost. It has poor resiliency, which can lead to crushing. It has poor abrasion resistance and its low melt point can cause fibers to fuse if furniture or other objects are dragged across its surface.) (Polyester - produces some of the most beautiful coloration's available. It also is extremely fade resistant and provides excellent resistance to stains. However, like olefin, it does have poor resilient properties and thus is susceptible to crushing. Polyester products tend to flatten and ?ugly? out.) (Wool - offers a deep, rich look and feel. Wool remains the premier fiber in carpet construction, but it?s price is out of reach of most consumers. It has excellent resilience and durability, but is very expensive ? often twice as much per yard as nylon. Special care needs to taken in cleaning - it?s a natural protein, not a synthetic plastic.) Touch as much carpet as you can in order to develop a ?hand? for carpets.
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