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Carpet & Padding Price Chart 2024
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
If you want your carpet to last 20 years or more, you will need to choose a higher quality carpet than if you only want your new carpet to last 5 years. The higher the quality the longer your new carpet will last, and the more it's going to cost you. Even the best carpets will wear out prematurely if not cared for properly. Frequent vacuuming and periodic professional cleanings are required. Learn more about: How To Care For Your New Carpet
Here is 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?
2. How Long Do You Want Your Carpet to Last?
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 at your locally owned carpet store. Many family-run carpet stores carry rolls of carpet in stock and are reasonably priced. Check out my list of preferred Carpet dealers that have met my strict standards. You can buy good quality carpet with a low price, but you don't want to buy a cheaply made carpet at any price. How to Buy Carpet at Wholesale Price or less!
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. Estimated Carpet prices shown below does not include the cost for pad or installation. Learn more about Carpet Installation Cost
Carpet Cost Chart
Take my Carpet Foot-Traffic Test to learn your Foot Traffic Score.
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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. If you choose a grade of carpet incapable of tolerating your level of foot traffic then your carpet will begin to show signs of wear and tear very quickly, often within a few months.
Any new carpet will look fantastic for the first few months after it is installed in your home. If you choose a carpet that is designed to handle your level of foot traffic, then your carpet will look like-new for many years before showing any signs of wear and tear. This assumes you follow the manufacturers new carpet care and maintenance requirements (read your new carpet warranty).
However, if you choose a grade of carpet that is incapable of tolerating your level of foot traffic, it will soon begin to show signs of wear and tear. There is no warranty coverage if you choose a carpet that is not suitable for your application. This means if you have heavy duty foot-traffic and choose a carpet designed for light duty, your warranty will be voided and your new carpet will wear out way faster than you will like.
Carpet Wear & Tear Timeline
If you choose the wrong grade of carpet... This is what you might expect to happen after your carpet is installed.
For the first 3 months your new carpet will look amazing with no visible signs of abrasion or wear & tear.
After 6 months you might begin to see a slight shadow, a dip or indentation around the most common walkways or high traffic areas. The occurs most often in busy areas like in front of the couch, down the center of stairs and hallways, and from the front door leading to the kitchen or to the living room. At first, the carpet pile might just look a bit flattened or a bit darker in color
After 12 months, the pile along the most common pathways will have lost some of its shine because of abrasion. This is most common with fibers like polyester, PET polyester, and PTT also known as Triexta, Smartstrand or Sorona. Vacuuming or steam cleaning won't help restore lost shine or sheen and will become more and more obvious as the weeks go by.
At 18 months you start seeing some matting and crushing of the pile. Tufts begin falling over to one side and the tuft twists begin unraveling and fraying. This makes the carpet appear worn out and dingy. Many homeowners believe the carpet will be revitalized after a good steam cleaning but this is rarely the case. New carpet needs to be cleaned about every 18 months according to most warranty requirements. After your carpet has been professionally cleaned for the first time, the amount of visible wear and tear will be painfully obvious. Your carpet will be clean but the damage from abrasion and everyday wear and tear will remain. Crushed fibers in main traffic lanes, unraveled tufts and matting of the pile will be more noticeable after a good steam cleaning.
At 24 months You now realize that your carpet is wearing out faster than you expected and it doesn't look like-new anymore. Some homeowners don't like to admit to making poor carpet choices and may try to place blame somewhere else. They often blame the carpet manufacturer for making a poor quality product or blame the carpet salesperson for giving bad advice.
In the end, it's the consumer that has the final say regarding which carpet is selected, purchased and installed. There is no one else that can be held responsible and no business willing to accept blame for the choices that you have made. This is the main reason why I freely offer unbiased carpet information and advice for homeowners. I want you to make wise and informed choices and be satisfied with your new carpet for years to come.
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 costly mistakes and end up with a carpet that doesn't last. 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, budget and choose the appropriate carpet quality that will perform as well as you expect. Carpet Fiber Durability Explained
Carpet Cost vs. Carpet Quality
Once you know the level of foot traffic in your home, 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. How To Compare Carpet
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. Nylon Carpet Cost
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
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.
Padding Cost By SF or SY
$0.55 cents per square foot is the same price as $4.99 per square yard. $0.99 cents per square foot is the same price as $8.99 per square yard. The price you end up paying for padding will likely fall somewhere in-between. Don't be duped into paying more for a special pad that you don't really need! Every carpet manufacturer has minimum padding requirements to maintain the new carpet warranty. You can exceed those requirements if you wish. If you expect your new carpet to last for 15 years, your padding must be able to last that long too. Learn more about How to Select the Correct Padding
Here are some photos of various Padding Types. Be wary of salespeople who try to convince you to purchase special padding for pets, moisture barrier, odor eating or extended warranty padding to name a few.
Do I Need a Special Pad?
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.
Shaw Carpets Made with Anso® Nylon 6
Looking for a good carpet made of quality nylon? Here is a partial list of some carpets made by Shaw Industries that are made of 100% Nylon. Some of the carpet specifications are shown. All styles are 12 feet wide unless otherwise noted. All carpets made with of Anso® Nylon are soil-resist treated. Contact your local Shaw dealer for more information and current pricing on these products. Learn more about Carpet Specifications
Shaw Style: E0528 Speed of Light
Shaw Style: EA023 The Fair
Shaw Style: EA024 In Savannah
Shaw Style: EA499 Starting Place
Shaw Style: EA500 Square One
Shaw Style: EA501 Kick Off
Shaw Style: EA502 Excel
Shaw Style: EA505 Right Away
Shaw Style: EA508 Inspiring
Shaw Style: E0117 Westminster
Shaw Style: E0548 Sandy Hollow Classic I
Shaw Style: E0549 Sandy Hollow Classic I - 15'
Shaw Style: E0550 Sandy Hollow Classic II
Shaw Style: E0551 Sandy Hollow Classic II - 15'
Shaw Style: E0554 Sandy Hollow Classic IV
Shaw Style: E0555 Sandy Hollow IV -15'
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 store. These are the secrets to choosing new carpet like a pro!