Carpet: What to Consider Before You Buy.

When you’re  shopping for carpet one of the first things most of us typically do is FEEL carpet samples. We want to imagine how this will feel to actually sink our feet into its luxurious comfort. But how much do you actually KNOW about carpet and what should you consider before making this big commitment?

The “feel”of a carpet sample is just the beginning step in your carpet search! Here we discuss some of the main things to consider when doing your research.

Do you know what your carpet is made of?

Carpet: What you should know before you buy.

There are five primary carpet fiber options you need to know and the benefits associated with each fiber type. Evaluating the area and activities where you plan to lay carpet is a good place to start and will help you narrow down the best fiber choice for your particular need. 

The Five fiber options are:

  • Triexta– Highest performing & easiest to clean; less likely to mat down
  • Nylon-High performing less, likely to mat down; diverse in style and color options.
  • Polyester– superior stain-resistance, but unfortunately doesn’t have as good durability as Nylon or Triexta.
  • Olefin– Very durable & usually inexpensive
  • Wool– Natural fiber and durable.

The Four Main Carpet Types 

Four Main Carpet types

There are four main carpet types to choose from.  All have pros & cons to consider, depending on the area of your home & the look and feel you want to achieve. You might choose a different carpet type for a bedroom vs. family room.


The Four main carpet types are:

  • Textured– provides an open canvas for flexible decor.
  • Twist– Delivers a casual and stylish look
  • Loop/Berber– provide a tailored look for more formal decor.
  • Pattern– provides an upscale look for more engaging decor.

The Pad can make all the difference!

Choosing the right carpet padding for your home.

Carpet padding is just as important, if not more than the carpet you choose. Padding, or the cushion is the foundation of every carpet installation and helps to increase the lifespan and comfort of your carpet.  Padding is the real support structure for your carpet and will effect the life of your carpet holding up under constant wear & tear. Here is a great article comparing carpet padding to a bridge. The carpet=asphalt & padding=foundation. 

 The Six Main Padding types:.

  • Foam pad: Density is typically 2-5 lbs.
  • Frothed foam pad: Density should be 12+ lbs for durability.
  • Rebond pad: Density is 5-10 lbs.
  • Synthetic fiber pad: Usually rated in ounces but may be rated in pounds.
  • arrow-rightWaffle rubber pad: Go for a minimum of 64 ounces.
  • arrow-rightSlab rubber pad: Usually comes in 18-22 lbs

Most carpets call for a 7/16″ pad but that depends on the carpet fiber you choose but its important to follow the manufactures warranty pad requirements! Not doing so could forfeit your carpet warranty all together! So do your homework. If you find a carpet you are seriously considering, research it thoroughly online & from the actual carpet manufactures guide.

Never rely solely on a salesman or retailer to give you all the information needed to make an informed decision. We are not implying anyone is intentionally being dishonest. Only that, especially with major purchases, arming yourself with information is powerful & keeps you in control during the buying process. Usually with less regret!

Good luck in your search to find the perfect carpet to fit you and your family’s lifestyle. Hopefully this article helped educate on your carpet buying journey! Check out our full line of carpet options here


Carpet Installation: DIY or Do It For Me?

Carpet installation is an incredible renovation project that provides warmth, sound dampening qualities, and comfort in your home. As a retailer of carpet, we’re often asked what the advantages and disadvantages are of DIY carpet installation vs. using a contractor for carpet installation. That is what we’re going to cover in today’s post.
Each installation type – having professionals do the installation for you or doing it yourself – each has its advantages. Those factors typically focus on cost, effort, tools and equipment, as well as how much time you are willing to invest.

DIY Carpet Installation Advantages & Disadvantages


First off, we’ll cover the advantages and disadvantages of DIY Carpet Installation. A major advantage is that you’re going to save money. This is obviously because the cost of installation, labor and old carpet removal/disposal will be eliminated. The only large costs on your end will be the carpet itself and any specialty tools that you might need to rent or buy. However, those costs can add up if you don’t already own them. Another advantage is being able to work on your own schedule. Instead of depending on an installers schedule, you can start the carpet installation whenever you want. You can work at your own pace! Another advantage of DIY carpet installation is that the quality of the project is in your control. For some, this is an advantage, but for others it’s a disadvantage. If you’re meticulous and feel like you will take the time to do it perfectly, then this could be a benefit. If you’ve never installed carpet before, it could definitely be a draw back. If you’re worried about hiring a company only to find out later that they have done a poor job, then this could be an advantage to you.  To learn how to install your own carpet, visit this article.
diy carpet installation


There are also some drawbacks of DIY carpet installation. A common issue that many new DIYers run into is that they find the installation to be more difficult than they originally anticipated,  but because you’ve already started the installation, cutting come pieces of the carpet, then your warranty will most likely no longer be honored anymore, so that can present a problem. The cost of the tools can also add up if you don’t already own them, which most people don’t. Many places make you rent certain tools by the day, or even hour, so if you’re not very quick the cost could add up quickly. Some things you’ll need will be a crow bar, pliers, box cutters, tackless strips, knee-kicker, carpet stretcher, or a steam roller. Also, if you’ve done a poor job, there’s no one to help you cover the cost. You’ve got to reorder more out of pocket, or redo the work at your own expense. Installation equipment can be hard to use, especially if you’re new to it, and may cause problems for someone who has never tried to do their own carpet installation before. While carpet installation can be a DIY project, it’s important to remember that it’s also a large undertaking. You’ll be walking or laying on this carpet for years to come, and you want it to hold up. Your babies could take their first steps on this floor. Your pets could be snuggling on this floor every day. Wear and tear will occur, but a good installation helps keep it in the best shape possible, for the longest possible time.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Professional Carpet Installation


Professional carpet installation starts with finding a qualified installer. We turn this sometimes disadvantage into an advantage. Because we sell carpet, we also offer carpet installation. We guarantee our clients that the job will be done to 100% satisfaction every time, giving them piece of mind. They also save time having to seek out, call, interview and vet several installers. We turn this into a one-stop-shop process.
Diy Carpet Installation
We also include carpet installation in the cost of our carpet. While you can always opt to do it yourself, we have tried to make this process as simple as humanly possible. Our price also includes a free measure (as long as a purchase is made), as well as removal and disposal of all old carpet and pad. These are always typically additional costs when using an independent carpet installer. The only additional cost in our carpet installation is the cost of a pad. Our carpet starts at $2.19/sq. ft. and varies depending on the fiber and style of the carpet.

When you call in a pro to install your new carpet, you can expect a certain level of quality and knowledge that the job will be done to the highest of standards. Installing your own carpet could end up in any number of ways, but if you hire those who know the process, you should end up with a job well done.
Even if the worst-case scenario occurs – for example, if you find huge ripples in your new carpet, the seams are showing, or the carpet is lifting away from the walls – you know you have some recourse against the contractor or retailer that installed it. You should always get some sort of warranty when using a professional. You should have the guarantee that the job will be done right the first time, or you won’t have to pay for the repairs. While it can be frustrating if they have to come back to correct issues, at least you can breath easy knowing that it will be fixed.
carpet installation
And what does a good carpet installation look like? First of all, the carpet will meet the walls snugly and without any edges showing. Also, the carpet will be smooth and won’t show any bumps or ridges. Finally, any seams where the installers had to put two sections of carpet together won’t be noticeable at first glance. This is indicative of a job that was done well.


Some disadvantages of Professional carpet installation (although many are avoided when using Builders Surplus) are the following:

  • Spending the time to find, contact, meet and vet numerous contractors to get the best quality and price.
  • Issues with scheduling; having to wait to get started if the contractor is booked up for a period of time.
  • Having to pay for the installation as well as the add on’s, like removal and disposal.
  • Not being happy with the finished product and having them have to return to fix their mistakes.

Some things to look for in a poorly done installation include the following: frayed edges where the carpet meets the wall, seams that don’t match or are aligned improperly, or bumps and ridges in the carpet.
Hopefully this article has been helpful in your decision to do a DIY carpet installation or to hire a professional. At Builders Surplus, you can guarantee that your carpet installation will be affordable, professional, and will come with a warranty. We eliminate the additional costs and include installation in the price of carpet! If you have ANY questions about carpet or carpet installation, please reach out to us or comment below!

Builders Surplus is a full service renovation company with locations in Louisville, Kentucky, and Newport, Kentucky, which also serves Cincinnati, Ohio. We are the leading provider of Ledge Stone, wall tile and backsplash tile in Louisville, Newport, and Cincinnati. We specialize in interior design, kitchen design, bathroom remodel, building materials, and home improvement. Interior Design and measurements come as a free service to our clients. We sell building materials ranging in every price point, from unfinished kitchen cabinets to top of the line Wellborn cabinets. In addition to interior design, we also offer installation services. If you have any questions or would like to set up a free design consultation with one of our interior designers, we would encourage you to do so. We love sharing our knowledge with clients & potential home renovators. We write about interior design, home decor, decorating ideas, and home improvement. We hope you’ll check back in for our next article! Happy Renovation!

Written By: Allie Bloyd