take a look at the Typical Cost for residential carpet made from a Nylon
and estimate How Long it Might Last based on the Grade or Quality
you Select and Your Level of Foot-Traffic.
Bear in mind that there are
many many grades of Nylon and not all grades are considered in this basic Carpet
Cost vs Longevity scenario, but you can still get a good idea of what to expect.
don't forget to take
Foot-Traffic Test to see what grade of carpet you might need to buy.
You want to buy the right Grade or Quality of carpet so you don't spend to little or too
much to get a carpet that can meet your needs and goals.
homeowners don't buy apartment-grade carpet unless they have a good
reason. If your kids or pets are accident prone you might not want to
spend a lot on new carpet, so going with an apartment-grade carpet might
be a wise choice for now. The same is true for those who are selling their
home soon and just want the home to "show" better. In some
cases, an apartment-grade carpet may be all you want to spend right now to
freshen up the place. Apartment-grade carpets have a low Tuft-Twist Rating
of 3 or 4, and Low Pile-Density Rating. It's easy to see the backing if
you dig your fingers into the pile.
- 24 to 28 ounce face-weight, made from 100% Nylon fiber; typically Plush or
textured plush styles, or sculptured (hi-low) styles.
Longevity - Low traffic 5-years,
Medium traffic 4-years, Heavy traffic 3-years.
Cost for Carpet, Pad & Installation - Range $14 to $18 per
a new home? New home builders are not known
for putting in top quality carpets. In fact they
usually plan on putting in the cheapest carpet they can find and then
offer the home buyer the option of a "carpet upgrade". The
upgraded carpet has a little more face-weight and maybe some addition
colors to choose from. In most cases opting for the upgraded carpet is not
worth the additional cost. Builder-grade carpets are not a lot better than
an apartment-grade carpet but might yield a extra year or two of use.
- 28 to 35 ounce face-weight, 100% Nylon fiber. Typically Plush or
Textured Plush styles.
Longevity - Low traffic 8-years,
Medium traffic-6 years, Heavy traffic-4 years.
Cost for Carpet, Pad & Installation - $16 to $20 per square
carpets fall somewhere
between builder-grade carpets and High-end carpets and this covers a wide range of
possibilities for carpet styles and colors. Most
homeowners want their carpet to last at least 10 years or more and this is the
grade level of carpet that can easily deliver that amount of longevity. Of
course, the better the specifications, the more durable and long-lasting
your carpet will be. Carpet Specifications Explained
homeowners want to buy a carpet that will last a long long time and only a
Nylon carpet is able to tolerate heavy traffic and maintain its like new
appearance the longest. A tuft twist rating of at least 5.5 or more, a
pile height less than 3/4" and a high density rating is the key to a
long lasting carpet. Of course proper care and maintenance pays a huge
part of this equation too.
stands for Bulked Continuous Filament. Unless you enjoy vacuuming, you
probably want to buy a carpet made from a Continuous Filament fiber. The
word “Bulked” refers to a process where the manufacturer makes the
strand of fiber beefed up, or bulked to create a fatter and more beefy
feel. Think of it like using a volumizer on your hair, it makes it feel
thicker and fuller.
letters “CF” or Continuous Filament, means the strand is formed or
“extruded” in one long continuous strand. When they make
carpet from a CF fiber is virtually eliminates the shedding and fuzzing
that you experience with a carpet made from a Staple Fiber.
staple fiber is short lengths of fiber, usually 3 to 10 inches
long, that are spun together. When carpet is made from a staple fiber, the
carpet will shed and fuzz for up to a year after installation. Unless you
like vacuuming three times a day, I suggest you be sure to buy a carpet
made from a Continuous Filament Fiber.
the carpet sample does not indicate that the fiber is made from a Continuous
Filament strand, then you can assume that the carpet pile is made from
staple fibers and therefore will shed and fuzz for a period of time after
installation. The amount and duration of shedding and fuzzing is
determined by the quality of the carpet and the length of the staple
fibers used in construction.
Much Carpet Do You Really Need?
Measuring Scams are common. You
need to be sure you get accurate measuring or you stand to lose hundreds. This can be a simple rough
measure you can do yourself or an accurate measure done by a hired professional.
getting harder everyday to find an honest and reputable carpet dealer!
That's why I put together my own special hand-picked
list of Carpet Dealers who are locally owned, give
free estimates, have fair prices, have knowledgeable salespeople, provide
honest measuring and have qualified installers. The Best & Worst Places to Buy New Carpet