How Much Does Carpet Cost?

By Alan Fletcher - 30-Year Carpet Expert & Trusted Consumer Advocate

 

Q. How Much Should I Spend on New Carpet?

 

Carpet Cost vs. Longevity

The more you spend, the better grade of carpet you will get. If you spend too little, your carpet might wear out too fast.

 

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Obviously, spending just $15 per yard on new carpet won't get you the highest quality. However, if you have low foot traffic you still can get many years of use from an inexpensive carpet if you take good care of it. On the other hand, if you buy the highest quality carpet and don't take care of it, it will certainly wear out faster.

 

Proper Carpet care and maintenance can greatly extend your carpet's life span. Visit my Carpet Cleaning and Care Guide to learn how to make your carpet last years longer.

 

Most homeowners experience some degree of "sticker shock" when they discover how much new carpet is going to cost. You might need to save up more money before you purchase new carpet or perhaps you might consider completing your new carpet project in two or more stages. However, you should never settle for a lesser grade of carpet that cannot handle your level of foot traffic!

CARPET COST BREAKDOWN:

 

1. Medium-Quality Residential Carpet 

 

If you don't plan on being in your home forever you might not want to spend a fortune buying the highest quality carpet right now. Most folks plan on having their carpet last for about 10 years. After that they plan on moving or changing the carpet to something different.

 

The key to having your carpet last as long as possible is to choose the right grade for your application and to maintain it according to the manufacturer's guidelines. Medium quality residential carpet is usually manufactured by a well-known brand names like Stainmaster, Mohawk, and Shaw to name a few. 

 

Typical Carpet Cost: Ranges from $15 to $22 per square yard

 

  • Carpet Face Weight: 30 to 40 ounce

  • Carpet Fiber: Nylon, Sorona PTT, Smartstrand

  • Common Styles: Plush, textured plush, sculptured, Berber, Cut Pile, Saxony

  • Typical Lifespan: 6 to 12 years

 

Padding Cost: Ranges from $3.00 - $4.50 per square yard

  • Pad Type: Rebond, synthetic fiber, wool, rubber

  • Pad Thickness: 3/8", 7/16", 1/2".

  • Pad Density: 6 to 8 pound

  • Typical Lifespan: 6 to 12 years

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2. High-Quality Residential Carpet

 

High-quality residential carpet is usually manufactured by a well-known brand names like Stainmaster, Lees, Gulistan, Karastan or Masland to name a few. I am not including carpets made of Wool in this Carpet Cost Guideline, as Wool is more expensive than all the synthetic fibers used to manufacture carpet today. 

 

Wool carpets are certainly high-quality and can easily last 20 years or more, if cared for properly. In this Cost Breakdown I am referring to carpets made of 100% Nylon. 

 

Typical Carpet Cost: Ranges from $25 to $45 per square yard

 

  • Carpet Face Weight: 38 to 50 ounce

  • Carpet Fiber: 100% Nylon (continuous Filament)

  • Common Styles: Plush, Textured Plush, Frieze (Twist), Cut Pile, Saxony, Patterned Cut & Loop, Looped Berber and Cut-Pile Berber (California Berber)

  • Typical Lifespan: 12 to 20 years or more

 

Padding Cost: Ranges from $4.00 - $6.50 per square yard

  • Pad Type: Rebond, synthetic fiber, rubber, wool felt

  • Pad Thickness: 3/8", 7/16", 1/2".

  • Pad Density: 6 to 10 pound

  • Typical Lifespan: 10 to 20 years

 

 

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