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Carpet Cost & Lifespan for Nylon Carpet

By Alan Fletcher - Carpet Expert and Consumer Advocate

 

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

 

Take my free Carpet Foot Traffic Test to see what grade of carpet you need to buy for your home. 

 

1. Apartment Grade Nylon Carpet - Carpet Specifications Explained

 

Average Longevity:

  • Low traffic                  5 years

  • Medium traffic             4 years

  • Heavy traffic       `       3 years

 

Average Cost per square yard installed $12.00 to 15.00

  • Carpet Cost $7.00 to 10.00 per sq. yd. 

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

  • Fiber: Staple or Continuous Filament

  • Pad Cost $1.75 to 2.50 per sq. yd.

  • Pad Specs - 3/8" to 7/16" Rebond pad, 3 to 6 pound density.

  • Installation Cost $3.50 to 4.50 per sq. yd. 

There is no manufacturer's warranty for any carpet installed on rental property. Shaw and Mohawk make apartment-grade textured plush style carpets. Looped Berber styles are not recommended for rental properties.

 

 

2. Builder Grade Nylon Carpet

 

Average Longevity - Carpet Specifications Explained

  • Low traffic                   8 years

  • Medium traffic              6 years

  • Heavy traffic                4 years

 

Average Cost for Carpet, Pad & Installation - $14 to $22 per square yard 

  • Carpet Cost $10.00 to 15.00 per sq. yd. 

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

  • Fiber: Staple or Continuous Filament

  • Pad Cost $2.00 to 3.50 per sq. yd.

  • Pad Specs - 3/8" to 7/16" Rebond pad, 4 to 6 pound density.

  • Installation Cost $3.50 to 4.50 per sq. yd. 

Many home builders require homebuyers to select carpet upgrades from the builders predetermined sources. The builder may receive a monetary kickback from any upgrades selected.

 

 

3. Upgraded Residential Nylon Carpet - Carpet Specifications Explained

          

Average Longevity

  • Low traffic                 12-years

  • Medium traffic             9 years

  • Heavy traffic                7 years

 

Average Cost for Carpet, Pad & Installation - $23 to $30 per yard

  • Carpet Cost $15.00 to 20.00 per sq. yd. 

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

  • Fiber: Continuous filament

  • Minimum Carpet Density 1800

  • Minimum Tuft Twist 4.5

  • Pad Cost $3.50 to 4.50 per sq. yd.

  • Pad Specs - 3/8" to 7/16" Rebond pad, 6 to 8 pound density.

  • Installation Cost $5.00 to 6.50 per sq. yd. 

 

Check installer qualifications and references, make sure a power stretcher is used. Select from Berber, Plush, Saxony, Textured Plush, frieze, or Sculptured styles. There is no carpet warranty for any carpet installed on stairs. 

 

 

4. High Quality Residential Nylon Carpet - Carpet Specifications Explained

  

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.

  • Carpet Cost $15.00 to 20.00 per sq. yd. 

  • Specifications - 40 to 65 ounce face-weight, 100% Nylon BCF fiber. 

  • Fiber: Continuous Filament

  • Minimum Carpet Density 2500

  • Minimum Tuft Twist 5.0

  • Pad Cost $3.50 to 4.50 per sq. yd.

  • Pad Specs - 3/8" to 7/16" Rebond pad, 6 to 8 pound density.

  • Berber requires special low-profile high-density padding.

  • Installation Cost $5.50 to 8.50 per sq. yd. 

  • (Extra Labor and Padding Charges are Common for Berber Styles. Learn More

 

Berber, Frieze and Cut & Loop styles wear exceptionally well. You must use a well-qualified installer for this grade of carpet. Popular carpet brands are Stainmaster, Karastan, and Royalty. Non branded carpets are Shaw, Mohawk and Beaulieu. There is no carpet warranty for any carpet installed on stairs. 

 

 

Visit my Carpet Care Guide to learn how to make your carpet last years longer.

 

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.

 

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