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Carpet Type, Design and Care Guide

In the Market for New Carpet?

Amy Matthews' Carpet Videos

Contractor Amy Matthews answers all the right carpet-buying questions.

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What's Your Carpet Personality?

Carpet Personality Quiz

Find the smart fit for your lifestyle and design taste.

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Carpet Inspiration, Repair and Installation

Carpet Selection: 5 Things to Know

Carpet Selection: 5 Things To Know

Keep all these in mind when selecting carpet.

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Carpet With Repair Spot

How to Repair Carpet Yourself

When done correctly, a carpet repair shows little to no evidence.

Fix Damaged Carpet

Useful Tips

  • Choose the right pad. Check manufacturer guides to select type, thickness, density rating and breathability.

  • Beware of hidden costs plus material and labor fees. Basic carpet installation specials may be limited in scope.

  • Check references of carpet installers. Many states require a contractor's license, bond and insurance.

  • Get several free estimates. You should never have to pay for an estimate or to measure.

  • Select the right grade of carpet to meet your needs, goals, lifestyle and budget.