Fuel Prices Affecting More Than Gas

By: Katherine Cook Email
By: Katherine Cook Email

The average price for gas in Colorado hit another record high Sunday, at $3.21 for a gallon of unleaded, according to AAA Colorado. What's more, that increase might be costing you extra in places you don't expect, like the floor.

"Most carpet fibers are actually made out of petroleum products," said Candy Birgers of Carpet One. Birgers says, naturally, as gas prices have risen, the price of carpet has too.

"I would say it's gone up 10 to 20 percent," said Birgers, adding shipping costs for carpet have also gone up. Even so, she says customers are still walking on the carpet inside her store.

"People still need flooring, but it does make it more difficult for people to afford."

People like Terry Cooper, who came in to buy a carpet Sunday. Cooper says he wasn't detoured by the prices.

"We're just going to have to grin and bear it," said Cooper. "We still want quality."

And it's not just carpet. Pep Boys service adverser David Talley, says, about 9 gallons of oil go into every tire they sell. He says while the price of tires has only risen about $2 over the last year, there is always potential for a bigger increase.

"You just never know when or how much prices will go up," said Talley.

Following the lead of alternative fuel companies, many carpet manufacturers have also started using alternative materials for their products. Recycled pop bottles and corn are two of the most popular alternative materials right now. However Birgers says, some of her customers are looking for alternatives to carpet.

"We've been selling a lot more hard floors lately," said Birgers, "But no matter what they buy, it's still going to cost more to ship it because of the gas."


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