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How Much Does New Carpet Cost?

By Alan Fletcher - 30-Year Carpet Expert & Trusted Consumer Advocate

 

Q. How Much Should I Spend on New Carpet?

 

The Carpet & Pad prices below do not reflect how much it will cost to install your carpet. Carpet installation costs vary depending on what part of the country you live in; how difficult your project is; and what Carpet Style and Carpet Quality you select. 

 

 

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In a perfect world, the more you spend on new carpet, the higher the grade of carpet you will get and more durable it will be. But one thing is for sure... If you spend less on new carpet, the lower the quality and the faster your carpet will wear out. Before You Buy New Carpet Checklist 

 

The information shown below reflects how much a residential Nylon Carpet might cost based on two factors:

 

1. The level of foot-traffic you have in your home. Take my free Carpet Foot Traffic Test

2. How long you want your carpet to last. (years) 

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Typical Nylon Carpet Prices Shown Below (Does not including padding & installation

 

Estimated Cost Per 

Square Yard / Square Foot

Low Foot Traffic

Medium Traffic

Moderate Traffic

Heavy Foot Traffic

Carpet Last 5 Years

$15 / 1.66

$20 / 2.22

$25 / 2.78

$30 / 3.33

Carpet Last 10 Years

$20 / 2.22

$25 / 2.78

$30 / 3.33

$35 / 3.88

Carpet Last 15 Years

$25 / 2.78

$30 / 3.33

$35 / 3.88

$40 / 4.44

Carpet Last 20 Years

$30 / 3.33

$35 / 3.88

$40 / 4.44

$45 / 5.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Obviously, spending just $15 per yard on new carpet won't buy you top quality carpet. However, if you have low foot traffic, you still can enjoy many years of use from an inexpensive nylon carpet, providing you take proper care of it. On the other hand, if you buy a high quality nylon carpet and don't take proper care of it, it will certainly wear out much faster. 

 

Proper carpet care and maintenance can greatly help extend your carpet's lifespan. Visit my free Carpet Care Guide to learn how to make sure your carpet lasts as long as possible.

 

Most homeowners experience some degree of "sticker shock" when they discover how much new carpet is going to cost. You might need to save up more money before you purchase new carpet or perhaps you might consider completing your new carpet project in two or more stages. However, you should never settle for a lesser grade of carpet that cannot handle your level of foot traffic!  

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Basic Carpet Cost Estimate:

A typical 2-Bedroom home requires about 100 square yards of Carpet. 

 

 

Here's an approximate Cost to Purchase 100 square yards of 100% Nylon Carpet


(This includes 6-pound Rebond Pad and including Basic Carpet Installation)

 

Based upon these TWO FACTORS:

 

1. Your Level of Foot Traffic   

2. How Long you want your Carpet to Last 

 

Estimated Cost for 100-yards of Nylon Carpet with Rebond Pad, and Basic Installation

Medium Traffic

Moderate Traffic

Heavy  Traffic

Expect Carpet to Last 5 Years

$2000

$2500

$3000

Expect Carpet to Last 10 Years

$2500

$3000

$3500

Expect Carpet to Last 15 Years

$3000

$3500

$4000

Expect Carpet to Last 20 Years

$3500

$4000

$4500

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Typical Carpet Cost Breakdown:

 

Medium-Quality Residential Carpet

 

If you don't plan on being in your home forever you might not want to spend a fortune buying the highest quality carpet right now. Most folks plan on having their carpet last for about 10 years. After that they plan on moving or changing the carpet to something different. 

 

The key to having your carpet last as long as possible is to choose the right grade for your specific application and level of foot traffic and then to care and maintain it according to the Carpet Manufacturer's Warranty guidelines.

 

 

 

 

Typical Carpet Cost: Range from $15 to $22 per yard 

  • Carpet Face Weight: 30 to 40 ounce

  • Carpet Fiber: Nylon, Sorona PTT, Smartstrand

  • Common Styles: Plush, textured plush, sculptured, Berber, Cut Pile, Saxony

  • Typical Lifespan: 6 to 12 years

 

Padding 

  • Cost: Ranges from $3.00 - $5.50 per square yard.

  • Pad Type: Rebond, synthetic fiber, wool, rubber

  • Pad Thickness: 3/8", 7/16", 1/2".

  • Pad Density: 6 to 8 pound density

  • Typical Lifespan: 6 to 12 years

  • Carpet Installation Cost

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High-Quality Residential Carpet

 

Typical Carpet Cost: Range from $25 to $45 per yard 

  • Carpet Face Weight: 38 to 50 ounce

  • Carpet Fibers: 100% Nylon, Nylon BCF, Sorona, Triexta, Smartstrand, Tigressa Nylon, Bliss Nylon

  • Common Styles: Plush, Textured Plush, Sculptured, Frieze, Cut Pile, Saxony, Cut & Loop, Berber

  • Typical Lifespan: 12 to 20 years

Padding 

  • Cost: Ranges from $3.50 - $6.50 per square yard.

  • Pad Type: Rebond, synthetic fiber, rubber, wool, felt

  • Pad Thickness: 3/8", 7/16", 1/2"

  • Pad Density: 6 to 10-pound density

  • Typical Lifespan: 10 to 20 years

  • Carpet Installation Cost

 

 

 

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