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How Much Does Carpet Cost?


Foot Traffic

In a Heavy Foot Traffic applications you must buy a higher grade of carpet than if you have a low traffic application. Higher grades of carpet are made with better materials and have the ability to tolerate more wear and tear. But the more durable a carpet is, the more it's going to cost you. 


Life Span

If you want your carpet to last 20 years, you will need to buy a higher quality carpet than if you only want your new carpet to last just 5 years. Again, the higher the quality the longer your new carpet is going to last, and the more it's going to cost you. 


I have created a quick and easy way for you to determine the basic Level of Foot Traffic in your home by answering a few simple questions. First, take my free Carpet Foot Traffic Test and then use your "back" button to return here to continue.... 


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What is Your Level of Foot Traffic?

  • Low

  • Medium

  • Moderate

  • Heavy

How Long Do You Want Your New Carpet to Last?

  •  5 years

  • 10 years

  • 15 years

  • 20 years


To use my Carpet & Pad Price Chart, cross reference your Level of Foot Traffic with the Number of Years you want your New Carpet to Last. The corresponding number you find is the approximate COST for a Carpet and Padding that is designed meet your needs and goals. For example, if you have MED Foot Traffic and you want your carpet to Last 10 Years you can expect to pay about $25 per yard for the right grade or quality of carpet. (providing you buy from a reputable carpet dealer) Learn more about Carpet Padding


 Estimated prices include basic padding but does not include the cost for installation.


Alan's Carpet & Pad Price Chart 1

(Estimated Prices shown are Per Square Yard)

Per Square Yard

Low Traffic

Medium Moderate HEAVY
Last 5 YRS $15 yd. $20 $25 $30
Last 10 YRS $20 $25 $30 $35
Last 15 YRS $25 $30 $35 $40
Last 20 YRS $30 $35 $40 $45 Sq yd.


Alan's Carpet & Pad Price Chart 2

(Estimated Prices shown below are by the Square Foot)

Per Square Foot

Low Traffic

Medium Moderate HEAVY
Last 5 YRS $1.66 sf $2.22 $2.78 $3.33
Last 10 YRS $2.22 $2.78 $3.33 $3.88
Last 15 YRS $2.78 $3.33 $3.88 $4.44
Last 20 YRS $3.33 $3.88 $4.44 $5.00 sq .ft


Carpet Cost Breakdown

Some Carpet dealers use the Square Foot pricing and some use the Square Yard pricing system. Divide the square yard price by 9 to get the square foot price, or multiply the square foot price by 9 to get the square yard price.


This Carpet & Pad Pricing Chart is designed to help you understand the current cost for carpet and pad based on it's quality level.  Now you need to learn exactly what grade, type and style of carpet you need to buy and how to be darn sure you get a fair & square deal. It's absolutely critical that you buy from a REPUTABLE Carpet Dealer so be sure to check out my list of Preferred Carpet Dealers


Choosing the Right Carpet is not as easy as most homeowners think. There are literally thousands of styles, grades and quality levels to choose from. The trick is knowing how to choose the right grade of carpet that is capable of handling your level of foot traffic for the length of time you desire. Any new carpet will look great for the first few months, but a poorly made carpet will begin to mat down and "ugly-out" before long. 


Choosing the Right Carpet for YOU


Choosing new Carpet today is not as simple as it was 10 or 20 years ago. Not only have prices doubled but there are a lot of new variables to consider. It's easy to make a costly mistake and end up with a carpet that doesn't last, and you should never allow any carpet salesperson to make your carpet choices for you. It's YOUR job to determine your own special needs, goals and budget. 


Carpet Cost vs Carpet Quality


Once you know what your level of foot traffic in your home is, then selecting the right carpet should be easy right? Nope! That's why so many homeowners end up buying the wrong carpet and are unhappy with their purchase. It's difficult to tell which carpets are good quality and which ones are poorly made. You can't make your choice based solely on price, appearance or feel alone. You have to take the time to learn what makes one carpet better than another.


Do you like what you've learned so far? Good. Now that you have a basic understanding of the approximate carpet and pad costs involved, half of the battle is over. Good quality carpet is very expensive and "you get what you pay for" as long as you Buy From a Reputable Carpet Dealer


Carpet Sticker Shock


Most homeowners experience some degree of "sticker shock" when they discover how much new carpet is going to cost. Unless you have unlimited funds, you might need to save up some more money before you buy new carpet or perhaps do could your new carpet project in stages. The main thing is not to settle for a lower grade of carpet that can't handle your level of foot traffic. That would surely make you unhappy. Read what has happened to other homeowners who made poor carpet choices or bought from the wrong carpet dealer. Read about Common Consumer Carpet Problems


Want to make smart Carpet choices and save hundreds? I can help you make wise choices every step of the way. The next thing you need to do is to learn what makes one carpet better than another. 


Alan's Preferred Carpet Dealers

It's getting harder everyday to find an honest and reputable carpet dealer! That's why I have been putting together my own special hand-picked list of Carpet Dealers who are locally owned, give free estimates, offer fair prices, have knowledgeable staff, provide honest measuring and hire qualified installers. 

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