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

 

How Much Should YOU Spend on New Carpet?

The 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. 

Carpet Cost vs. Longevity Chart

The 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.

Typical Carpet prices shown, with basic padding & installation. Learn more about Carpet Installation Cost.

Estimated Cost Per 

Square Yard / Square Foot

Low Foot Traffic

Medium Traffic

Moderate Traffic

Heavy Foot Traffic

Carpet Last 5 Years

$15 / 1.66

$20 / 2.22

$25 / 2.78

$30 / 3.33

Carpet Last 10 Years

$20 / 2.22

$25 / 2.78

$30 / 3.33

$35 / 3.88

Carpet Last 15 Years

$25 / 2.78

$30 / 3.33

$35 / 3.88

$40 / 4.44

Carpet Last 20 Years

$30 / 3.33

$35 / 3.88

$40 / 4.44

$45 / 5.00

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 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! What makes one carpet better than another? How to Compare Carpets

 

Basic Carpet Cost Guidelines:

A typical 2 Bedroom home requires about 100 yards of Carpet. 

Here's what it will likely cost you for the Carpet, Padding and Installation depending on your  Traffic Level  and  How Long  you want your Carpet to Last. 

 

Estimated Cost for 100 yards of Nylon Carpet / Pad, Installed

Medium Traffic

Moderate Traffic

Heavy  Traffic

Expect Carpet to Last 5 Years

$2000

$2500

$3000

Expect Carpet to Last 10 Years

$2500

$3000

$3500

Expect Carpet to Last 15 Years

$3000

$3500

$4000

Expect Carpet to Last 20 Years

$3500

$4000

$4500

 

To get started, take my Free Carpet Foot Traffic Test to discover your level of foot traffic and what grade of Carpet you need for your home.

 

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 

  • 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

  • Carpet Installation Cost

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High Quality Residential Carpet

 

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

  • Carpet Face Weight: 38 to 50 ounce

  • Carpet Fibers: Nylon BCF, Sorona, Smartstrand, Tigressa Nylon, Bliss Nylon

  • Common Styles: Plush, textured plush, sculptured, frieze, cut pile, Saxony, Patterned

  • Typical Lifespan: 12 to 20 years

Padding Cost: Ranges from $3.50 - $5.50 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

  • Carpet Installation Cost

 

Learn more: How to Select the Right Carpet Fiber

 

 

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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. 

See who I recommend near you!

 

All content is the opinion of the author. Alan J. Fletcher All Rights Reserved. 

I am not a lawyer and I do not provide or offer any legal advice.. If you need legal advice please contact your lawyer or consult an attorney. 

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