Buying Carpet

Looking to update your carpeting? See what our pros have to say about what type of carpet to buy.


Your home improvement questions, answered by professionals from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), an association of remodeling professionals committed to providing consumers with high standards of quality, honesty, integrity, and responsibility.

Question:

What is the best carpet to buy for my home? I am planning to replace the carpet in my living room, dining room, hallway, and master bedroom. What type of carpet is best today? I currently have plush navy blue carpet from the 1980s. The time has come to replace it.

Answer:

Carpets are much improved over their predecessors from even just 10 years ago. Whether it's made of polyester or nylon, the denser the pile, the better the carpet will be. Carpet pile weight can vary from 20 to 100 ounces per square foot. Most good residential carpets are about 40-45 ounces. The denser the pile, the better it will wear over time.

Answered by: Craig Knott, Remodeler, National Association of the Remodeling Industry

About Craig

Craig Knott, certified remodeler (CR), is the owner and president of Houseworks Unlimited, Inc., a Maryland award-winning, full-service remodeling company specializing in design-build. Since 1990 it has built a reputation in the Washington and Baltimore metro areas as a provider of unsurpassed-quality construction and superior service. Its 25-plus years of experience in residential construction give it the ability to provide homeowners with the knowledge and expertise needed to complete their projects.

Since 1994 Houseworks Unlimited, Inc. has been a member in good standing with NARI. In 1996 Knott completed the rigorous program to become a CR, a designation awarded by the prestigious NARI. The association has very strict standards for this designation and has designated fewer than 50 remodeling contractors in the entire state of Maryland. In 2003 Knott established NARI of Mid-Maryland, a new chapter of which he was the president for the first two years.

Before starting Houseworks Unlimited, Inc. Knott worked as a master carpenter for other contractors and realized he could provide better service and quality craftsmanship. He built his company on hard work, integrity, and solid customer relations.

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