years ago virtually all carpets were made to last a lifetime if cared for
you must buy a carpet that is designed to meet or exceed your needs, goals
and lifestyle or else you will end up with a carpet that wears out way
faster than you might expect!
the 1960's, Most residential carpets were made of 100% NYLON. There were basically three grades of carpet to
choose from, good, better and best. The lowest grade carpet was
designed to last 10-20 years or more before it would show any signs of wearing out.
Medium and high grades could easily last 30 years or more in heavy traffic
applications. Many of these 50-60
year old carpets are still in use today in homes all across America, and
they still look pretty good!
nylon carpets in homes that were originally installed in the 1950's and 1960's.
They were made of a heavy gauge NYLON. All homeowners had to
do was give them a good cleaning every few years and their carpet would look
new again, decade after decade.
everything else, carpets are not made nearly as durable as they once were. Today
carpet makers cut corners wherever they can to save money and offer a different grade
of carpet for every situation.
Carpet manufacturers today make at least 12 basic grades of carpet to choose
from. The trick for homeowners is knowing which grade of carpet to buy that
can meet their expectations and still be affordable.
Here is a basic explanation of carpet grades and how
they might fit into your needs and budget...
There are at
least 3 grades of low-end carpets designed for apartments
property and is typically called "builder-grade" or
"apartment-grade" carpet. These
low-cost carpets are only designed to last 3 to 5 years at best.
The face weights are generally 22 ounces to 30 ounces. Prices range from
$8 per square yard to $15 per square yard for the carpet only.
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replacement and repair costs.)
There are at
least 6 medium-grade carpets for those who want a carpet to last
for 6 to 12 years. Face-weights range from 30 ounces to 40 ounces.
Prices range $18 to $30 per yard for the carpet only. The fiber, pile height,
tuft twist and pile density are the main four factors that determine how long
the carpet will last and prices increase accordingly. What
makes one carpet better than another?
There are at
least 3 high-end grades of carpet for those who want their carpet to last
years or more and are willing to pay dearly for it.
high-end grades of carpet you can expect:
The best quality fiber, usually
Stainmaster nylon 6.6 or wool.
These are made very well, easier to clean, more
resilient, resist fading, better color choices, more durable, more
styles to choose from, etc.
get a much better backing system. The backing will have a much tighter
weave, is much heavier construction, better materials and is much more
durable. This also helps prevent wrinkling and delaminating.
density will be higher, often more than 3000. Higher density carpets can
tolerate higher traffic applications and and increased ease of cleaning.
tuft-twist rating will be higher (in the 6 to 9 range). Higher tuft-twists make
carpets retain their like-new appearance longer.
be $45 to $85 per square yard for carpet only. Pad and install is extra.
Expect to pay more for installation as these high quality carpets are
usually heavier and more difficult to install.
mentioned 12 different grades of carpet to make it easy to understand. But
in reality, there are dozens of varying grades of carpet to choose from, all
at varying prices and warranty levels.
Higher price does not always mean it is a better or longer lasting carpet. A
thicker pile height or higher
face-weight carpets are
not always worth more or are more durable. The type of fiber you choose is very critical. Nylon
is always a better choice than Polyester if you want your carpet to last a
long time and not mat down quickly.
Carpet Professor Says....
wrong grade of carpet is the biggest mistake homeowners can make. Why? Because the carpet you
buy MUST meet or exceed your needs and goals or you will not get the results that you
Why spend thousands on a carpet that won't last as long as you hope?
Check out my Carpet Durability Guide
to get a better idea about how to compare carpet specifications and
understand what makes one carpet more durable than another.
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