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Carpet Cost & Longevity Estimates for Nylon Carpets:

By Alan Fletcher - Carpet Expert and Consumer Advocate


Lets take a look at the cost of typical residential NYLON carpet and how long a carpet might last depending on what grade or quality level you choose. 



Apartment Grade Carpet 

  • Average Longevity - Low traffic 5-years,  Medium traffic-4-years,  Heavy traffic-3 years

  • Total Cost for Carpet, Pad & Installation - Range $12 to $15 per square yard 

  • Specifications - 24 to 28 ounce face-weight, 100% nylon fiber.

  • Learn More About: Apartment & Rental Property Carpet



Builder Grade Carpet

  • Average Longevity - Low traffic 8-years,  Medium traffic-6 years,  Heavy traffic-4 years    

  • Total Cost for Carpet, Pad & Installation - $14 to $21 per square yard 

  • Specifications - 28 to 35 ounce face-weight, 100% nylon fiber.

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Upgraded Residential Carpet              

  • Average Longevity - Low traffic 12-years,  Medium traffic-9 years,  Heavy traffic-7 years

  • Total Cost for Carpet, Pad & Installation - $22 to $30 per yard

  • Specifications - 30 to 40 ounce face-weight, 100% nylon BCF fiber.

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High Quality Residential Carpet         

  • Average Longevity - Low traffic 20-years,  Medium traffic-15 years,  Heavy traffic-12 years

  • Total Cost for Carpet, Pad & Installation - $28 to $55 per yard.

  • Specifications - 40 to 60 ounce face-weight, nylon BCF fiber.

  • Learn more: How to Select the Right Carpet Fiber



Note: Many factors contribute to the longevity of carpets. This is a basic estimate of carpet longevity and cost. it assumes you follow the manufacturers maintenance and care guidelines. The more foot traffic you have in your home, the faster your carpet will wear out. The purpose of the information on this web page is to help you choose a suitable carpet to meet your needs, goals, budget and lifestyle. Having pets in the home was not factored into the estimates of this guide.


Next... you need to determine how much carpet you need to buy.


This can be a simple rough measure you can do yourself or an accurate measure done by a professional. (your material needs) Learn how to measure for carpet yourself.



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