Fletcher - 30-Year Carpet Expert & Trusted Consumer Advocate
How Much Should YOU Spend on New Carpet?
& Pad prices
below do not reflect how much it will
cost to install your carpet. Installation prices vary depending on what
part of the country you live in; how difficult your
project is; and what style and
grade of carpet you select.
Cost vs. Longevity Chart
more you spend, the better grade of carpet you will get. If you spend too
little, your carpet might wear out too fast. Prices shown below reflect how
long a Residential Grade Carpet (made from 100% NYLON fiber) might last based on the level of foot
traffic in YOUR home. Take
my free Carpet
Foot Traffic Test to help determine what Grade of Carpet
you need to
meet your goals and lifestyle.
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
Care Guide to learn how to make your carpet last years longer.
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!
to discover your level of foot traffic and what grade of Carpet you need for your home.
CARPET COST BREAKDOWN:
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.
Typical Carpet Cost: Ranges
from $15 to
$22 per yard
residential carpet is usually manufactured by a well-known brand
Lees, Royalty, 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%
Typical Carpet Cost: Ranges
from $25 to
$45 per yard
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.