Choosing The Right Grade Of Carpet


There are dozens of grades of carpet to choose from and the price you pay often reflects how durable the carpet will be. Some carpets are built to last for 2o years or more and can tolerate heavy foot-traffic. Some carpets cannot tolerate moderate foot-traffic for even a couple of years before matting down and looking bad.

Before you set out to buy new carpet, you must first decide how long you want your new carpet to last. Then determine the level of foot-traffic you have in your home. Only then can you make a wise and informed choice as to "what grade of carpet" you need to buy to meet your needs, goals and expectations.

For example, if you have low to medium foot-traffic in your home and you want your new carpet to last for 10 years, then you don't need to buy the most expensive carpet. You can buy a medium-grade carpet and get the outcome you desire and save some money too.

On the other hand, if your home has heavy foot-traffic and you want your new carpet to last 20 years or more... then you are going to need to buy a more expensive, higher-grade carpet to achieve your goals.

The problem most homeowners face today is choosing the wrong grade of carpet and ending up unhappy with the long term outcome or end up paying way too much than is necessary to obtain the desired results.

Lets see if we can help determine the level of foot traffic you have in your home.


Take my Free Carpet Foot-Traffic Test.

Alan's Free Carpet Foot-Traffic Test


Take my free Carpet Foot Traffic Test to help determine what Grade of Carpet can meet your needs, goals and Lifestyle. 


You can't choose new carpet wisely unless you select a carpet that is capable of withstanding your home's level of foot-traffic.  


I have created a simple test you can take to help you determine your own level of foot-traffic based on several key variables.



Test Directions:

To help determine your Carpet Foot-Traffic Score, answer all the following questions carefully and then add up all your points:



1. How many adults live in your home?

  • Each adult                 (add 5 points for each adult)



2. Do you have children, teenagers or pets?

  • Each Child under 13   (add 4 points for each child)

  • Each Teenager            (add 6 points for each teen)

  • Each Small pet            (add 3 points each small pet)

  • Each large pet             (add 6 points each large pet)



3. Do you entertain or have grandchildren?

  • No                                            (add 0 points)

  • Entertain occasionally           (add 2 points)

  • Entertain often                       (add 6 points)

  • Grandchildren seldom           (add 2 points)

  • Grandchildren often               (add 6 points)



4. How often do you vacuum thoroughly? 

  • Never                                       (add 25 points)

  • Once  a week                          (add  6 points)

  • Twice a week                          (add  3 points)

  • Three times a week                (add  1 points)

  • Everyday                                 (add  0 points)



5. How often do you have your carpets professionally cleaned?

  • Once a year                           (add 2 points)

  • Every other year                   (add 0 points)

  • Every third year                    (add 6 points)

  • Never                                     (add  25 points)



6. How big is your home?


  • under 1000 square feet    (add 8 points)

  • 1500 sf.                              (add 4 points)

  • 2000 sf.                              (add 2 points)

  • 2500+ sf.                            (add 0 points)



Now Add Up Your Points to Determine Your Level of Foot-Traffic




10 to 24 points  =  Low Foot Traffic   


25 to 34 points  =  Medium Foot Traffic  


35 to 44 points  =  Moderate Foot Traffic  


45 points & up  =  Heavy Foot Traffic


Learn more What Makes one carpet more durable than another?


How To Choose New Carpet Wisely!