Free Carpet Information and Buying Guide
Alan Fletcher - Carpet Expert and Consumer Advocate - I do not sell or install carpet.
Carpet and Padding Cost 2022
In Heavy Foot Traffic applications you must buy a higher grade of carpet than if you have a low or medium traffic application. Higher grades of carpet are made with better materials and craftsmanship and can tolerate more wear and tear.
Carpet Life Span
If 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 created a quick and easy way to help you to determine the Level of Foot Traffic in Your Home by answering a few simple questions... First take my free Carpet Foot Traffic Test 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?
years, 15 years, 20
Carpet and Pad Price Charts
To use my Carpet Price Charts 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 $25 per yard for the right grade or quality of carpet. (providing you buy from a reputable carpet dealer)
Carpet Cost Chart
Estimated prices do not include the cost for pad or installation (Some Carpet dealers use the Square Foot pricing and some use the Square Yard pricing system. 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.)
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 Popular Carpet Styles
Choosing the Right Carpet for YOU
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 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.
Be Prepared for Carpet Cost 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
Padding Price Chart
Rebond Type (Residential)
This Chart is for Standard Rebond Type Foam Carpet Pad Only.
(Cash and Carry Prices Shown)
These are current pad prices found online at two home improvement warehouse stores. 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. 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. These prices do not include Moisture Barrier, Memory Foam or other Types of specialized Carpet Padding.
Carpet 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.
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. That's how to buy new carpet like a pro! See who I recommend near you.