About The Author - Alan Fletcher
By Alan Fletcher - aka The Carpet Professor - 30-Year Flooring Expert and Consumer Advocate
Hi, I'm Alan Fletcher and I've been in the flooring business over 30 years, but I don't sell or install flooring anymore. I am the author of several books about carpet and flooring and a nationally recognized consumer rights advocate.
I am proud to say that my flooring articles and opinions have been featured and published in major newspapers, national magazines, trade papers and newsletters all over the world.
But my true passion is helping hard-working homeowners like you select flooring that will meet your needs, goals, budget and lifestyle - and at the same time, help you learn how to avoid getting ripped off by the many unscrupulous flooring retailers out there. It's a totally free service and there is absolutely no cost to you.
Let me start by saying that there are plenty of reputable flooring retailers out there too, but most homeowners don't know how to tell the difference between a "Reputable" flooring dealer and a "Ruthless" one. After 30 years in this business I have learned how to recognize a reputable flooring dealer. That's why I created my own special list of locally owned flooring dealers across America that I feel are the best of the best. See who I recommend near you
Alan, why do you only recommend locally-owned Carpet Dealers?
I am a consumer and a homeowner just like you and I surely don't want to overpay, be ripped off or scammed for the products and services I need. Scams are everywhere! Turn on the nightly news on any given evening and you will hear how unsuspecting people have been targeted by sneaky scoundrels and scam artists. You and I must be on guard constantly, be well informed and take our time whenever we need to make a major purchase. When it involves buying new carpet or flooring, I can help you make wise and informed choices. Read on...
I became a consumer advocate because I know a lot about carpet and the flooring business and I believe that all consumers deserve to get a fair & square deal on new flooring. I became committed to do something about it back in 1998 and I have been on the warpath ever since!
Buying new carpet or flooring is a daunting task and homeowners need full access to honest and complete product information to be able to make wise choices and to avoid making bad choices too. On my free consumer information website (AbcCarpets.com) and within the pages of my Complete Carpet Buying Guide eBook you will learn everything you need to know to buy new carpet wisely, save time and money and avoid scams!
Carpet is the most difficult type of flooring to choose correctly
Over the past ten years I've helped over a million homeowners choose carpet wisely and save hundreds or even thousands of dollars on their carpet purchase. I know I can help you save time and money, avoid scams and make wise carpet choices too. But you have to be willing to take the time to get educated.
I have made it super easy for you with my Complete Carpet Buying Guide, it's available as an instant download eBook and can be printed out, saved to your hard drive or easily viewed on your computer as often as you wish. I have kept the price very low so everyone can afford a copy.
Most homeowners don't know how to buy carpet today - even if they have purchased carpet many times in the past. There used to be 8 basic grades of carpet available: apartment grade, builder grade, three grades of residential and three commercial grades. Not anymore. There are dozens of varying carpet grades and qualities designed to meet the needs and budgets of consumers worldwide.
What is a grade? How do I know what grade to buy? Which grade is right for you? That's the $64 question. Choose to low a grade and your carpet will wear out too fast. Choose too high and you will spend way more than you need to. You need to know how to choose the carpet grade that is just right for your needs, goals, lifestyle and budget. Sounds easy but it's not. Where to start? What Grade of Carpet Should I Select?
Homeowners often trust a carpet salesperson to steer them in the right direction and suggest the right grade or style of carpet. This can be a very big mistake. Why? Because many carpet salespeople are not qualified or don't take the time to ask you about your needs and goals to advise you wisely. Carpet is a major home improvement purchase, you need to follow the advice of a seasoned professional who has your best interests in mind. You need to choose the right carpet based on your needs and goals. I can help you sort it all out. That's why I wrote my ebook and have created my website AbcCarpets.com - A totally free Consumer Carpet Information Network.
Padding and Installation
Consumers who select the wrong grade of carpet stand to lose hundreds or even thousands of dollars. But choosing he wrong carpet padding can ruin even the best quality carpets. Carpet installation done improperly will void the carpet warranty and can easily cut the life-span of any carpet in half! How do you select the right pad? How to you make sure your carpet is installed properly? You need the answers to these questions and many more.
Let's not forget about all the carpet scams. In my Complete Carpet Buying Guide ebook, I reveal how you can avoid common carpet scams, choose the right pad, get qualified installation and lots more. It will help you save a ton of money as well as give you peace of mind knowing you have a carpet job well done!