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How Much Should You Spend On New Carpet?  

The amount you need to spend on carpet all depends on the Level of Foot-Traffic you have in your home... In Heavy Foot-Traffic applications you must choose a higher grade (better quality) carpet than if you have a low or medium traffic application.


Carpet Life Span vs. Foot-Traffic

Carpet Samples On DisplayIf you want your carpet to last 20 years, you will need to spend more to buy a higher quality carpet than if you only want your new carpet to last just 5 or 10 years. Again, the higher the quality the longer your new carpet is going to last, and the more it's going to cost you. Learn more about: How To Care For Your New Carpet


I have a quick and easy way to help you to determine the Level of Foot Traffic you have in your home by answering a few simple questions... First take my free Carpet Foot-Traffic Test to get your score then answer these (2) questions:


1. What is Your Level of Foot-Traffic?

Low,  Medium,  Moderate,  Heavy?

2. How Long Do You Want Your Carpet to Last?

5 years, 10 years, 15 years, 20 years?


Carpet and Padding Price Chart


To use my Carpet Cost Chart below, simply cross reference your Level of Foot Traffic with the Number of Years you want your New Carpet to Last. The corresponding number you find is the approximate COST for Carpet that is designed meet your needs and goals. 


For example, if you have Medium Foot Traffic and you want your carpet to Last 10 Years  you should expect to pay about $28 per yard for the right grade or quality of carpet. (providing you buy from a reputable carpet dealer)


1. Carpet Price vs. Longevity Chart for 2024

The least expensive carpet you can buy will not be from a big box store or national chain. The lowest price for carpet will be found to your local flooring store. Many family-run carpet stores carry rolls of carpet in stock and are very reasonably priced. Check out my list of preferred dealers near you that have met my strict standards for inclusion. You can buy good quality carpet that has a low cost, but you don't want to buy cheap carpet. How to Buy Carpet at Wholesale Price or less!


Estimated prices shown do not include the cost for pad or installation (Some Carpet dealers use the Square Foot pricing pricing method and some use the Square Yard method. Divide the square yard price by 9 to get the square foot price, or multiply the square foot price by 9 to get the square yard price.)


Take my Carpet Foot-Traffic Test to learn your Foot Traffic Score.

Carpet Cost vs. Longevity Chart 2024 

Print or View 2024-Carpet-Cost-Chart.pdf


Best Carpet Choices?

Choosing the Right Grade of Carpet is not as easy as most homeowners think. There are literally thousands of styles, grades and quality levels to choose from. The trick is knowing how to choose the right grade of carpet that is capable of handling your level of foot traffic for the length of time you desire.


Any new carpet will look great for the first few months after it is installed in your home, but a poorly made or low-quality carpet will begin to mat down and "ugly-out" very quickly, often within a year or two. Learn more about Popular Carpet Styles


Choosing the Right Carpet for YOU

Choosing new Carpet today is not as simple as it was 10 or 20 years ago. Not only have prices doubled but there are a lot of new variables to consider. It's easy to make a costly mistake and end up with a carpet that doesn't last, and you should never allow any carpet salesperson to make your carpet choices for you. It's YOUR job to determine your own special needs, goals and budget.  Carpet Specifications Explained


Carpet Cost vs. Carpet Quality

Once you know what your level of foot traffic in your home is, then selecting the right carpet should be easy right? Nope! That's why so many homeowners end up buying the wrong carpet and are unhappy with their purchase. It's difficult to tell which carpets are good quality and which ones are poorly made. You can't make your choice based solely on price, appearance or feel alone. You have to take the time to learn what makes one carpet better than another.


Prepare for Sticker-Shock

Most homeowners experience some degree of "sticker shock" when they discover how much new carpet is going to cost. Unless you have unlimited funds, you might need to save up some more money before you buy new carpet or perhaps do could your new carpet project in stages.


The main thing is not to settle for a lower grade of carpet that can't handle your unique level of foot-traffic. That would surely make you unhappy. Read what has happened to other homeowners who made poor carpet choices or bought from the wrong carpet dealer. Read about Common Consumer Carpet Problems




2. Rebond Padding Price Chart


Rebond Carpet Padding (Residential) Roll Prices for Standard Rebond Pad Only. This is not what you will pay for padding if you purchase new carpet, padding and installation as a complete package deal from a reputable locally-owned carpet retailer. 


 You can save money by purchasing carpet padding in full rolls from a local distributor or home improvement warehouse. Shown below are 2022 pad prices found online Most padding costs have ticked up slightly over the past 2 years, but some padding prices have actually stayed the same or gone down a bit. The available padding options are separated by roll size, padding density and padding thickness.


Cash and carry means you have to visit the store to make your selection, pay for it, transport it, store it and make it readily available at the job site for the installers you hire. These prices do not include Moisture Barrier, Memory Foam or other Types of Specialized Carpet Padding.  


(Cash and Carry Prices Shown)

Rebond carpet padding price guide

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Best Padding Choices

Don't be duped into paying more for a specialty padding that you don't need! You must select the correct Carpet Padding if you want your new carpet to last as long as possible. Here's several links to my articles about choosing the correct carpet padding. Learn more about How to Select the Correct Padding


Photos of various Padding Types. Be wary about salespeople who try to convince you to purchase special types "specialized" padding for pets, moisture barrier, odor eating and extended warranty padding. Learn about carpet padding prices and the cost for padding upgrades. 


Read my full report about Specialty Pads. Now that you have a basic understanding of the approximate carpet and pad costs involved, half of the battle is over. Make sure you buy from a Reputable Carpet Dealer. See who I recommend near you.  


Secrets To Your Carpet Success

Not only must you obtain qualified carpet installation, you must also choose the right grade of carpet and padding too. Just as important is making sure you buy from an honest and reputable carpet and flooring dealer. These are the secrets to choosing new carpet like a pro!



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