Replacing carpet - what's best these days?

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Posted 1/31/2013 by newscrapper05 in NSBR Board


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Posted: 1/31/2013 8:03:05 AM
While I'd love to have wood I can't convince DH so I guess I'll have to recarpet. What's he good, the bad and the ugly? It's been 25 years since had to buy carpet.

Will check back in later - thanks for your help!


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Posted: 1/31/2013 8:10:49 AM
Don't skimp on the pad. You can buy cheaper carpet and really good padding and it will "feel" more expensive. We were looking at carpet or hardwood, and the carpet guy said to buy the carpet you like and don't stress over it, but the thicker the padding the better.

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Posted: 1/31/2013 8:15:05 AM
We couldn't afford to put wood upstairs, but I hate carpet, so I got Mohawk SmartStrand carpet. It's made from a polymer made from corn, so it's renewable. It also will never stain, and is THE SOFTEST carpet I have EVER stepped on. Everyone who comes over LOVES it, and several of my friends have asked what it is to have it put in their homes. Here's a link:

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Posted: 1/31/2013 9:25:23 AM
Look again at wood. It is only marginally more expensive if you do not go with an exotic or specialty wood. Look at Lumber Liquidators or other places where you can get a good price on wood flooring. Once we took into account the installation price, we did wide plank walnut floors for about 25% more than the carpet we had been looking at for the same area.

ETA: I am assuming your husband was against wood for the price.

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Posted: 1/31/2013 9:27:13 AM
Good quality pad and berber. I'd never buy plush again. We have wood and tile downstairs and carpet up. The berber holds up really well.


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Posted: 1/31/2013 9:34:57 AM
Thanks for the replies - just didn't know what was the best these days - thought I'd check with the peas before I start looking . You know - that expert opinion and all .

His objection to wood isn't the price - just can't talk him into it.


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Posted: 1/31/2013 10:01:49 AM
We are in the process of replacing all carpet in the house. We are getting Shaw nylon semi plush carpet. It has a short frise (sp?) feel. I agree with getting the best possible pad. Nylon is more durable than polyester.
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