About Alan Fletcher
Alan Fletcher has unique
insight about the flooring business. At the age of 11 he started working on
weekends at his father's carpet showroom. Alanís Father was a carpet mill rep for
over 35 years and his
Uncle owned a carpet store for over 40 years. Alan was hired as a flooring apprentice in
1977 at age 18, and trained by three master craftsmen to install vinyl, carpet,
ceramic tile and hardwood floors.
In 1982, Alan formed his own contracting
business and over the next two decades he continued to build experience and
product knowledge by selling and installing floorcovering of all types in homes, apartments
and commercial buildings. Since then, he has personally installed flooring in
virtually every type of application.
For over 30-years Alan has
made it his mission to study the characteristics and construction of all grades
and types of carpet and flooring materials to better understand and determine product quality,
durability, application, maintenance and overall value.
In 1998, Alan wrote his first
booklet designed to help educate homeowners about how to choose new carpet wisely. In 2000,
he developed AbcCarpets.com, a consumer-friendly website providing free carpet buying
articles, money-saving information and sound advice. There are several other
flooring websites available to homeowners including CarpetProfessor.com.
In 2006, Alan
released The Complete Carpet Buying Guide for consumers and it has become
a popular bestseller year after year. Alan answers carpet questions via email and
continues to help homeowner
learn how to choose new carpet
wisely, avoid common scams and pitfalls and save time & money.
Alan's latest publication
Flooring Management - Floorcovering Solutions for Rental Properties ($24.95)
is designed for landlords, real estate
investors and rental property managers who want to learn how to reduce the high
cost of carpet
& vinyl replacement.