Free Carpet Information and Buying Guide
Alan Fletcher - Carpet Expert / Consumer Advocate - Retired after 30 years, do not sell or install carpet.
Nylon Carpet Cost & Lifespan
Lets take a look at the cost of typical residential NYLON CARPET and how long a nylon carpet might last depending on what grade or quality level you choose and your level of foot-traffic.
Take my free Carpet Foot Traffic Test to see what grade of carpet you need to buy for your home based on your unique level of foot traffic.
1. Apartment Grade Nylon Carpet
Average Cost per square yard installed $25.00
There is no manufacturer's warranty for any carpet installed on rental property. Shaw and Mohawk make apartment-grade textured plush style carpets. Looped Berber styles are not recommended for rental properties.
2. Builder Upgrade Nylon Carpet
Average Cost for Carpet, Pad & Installation - $35.00
Many home builders require homebuyers to select carpet upgrades from the builders predetermined sources. The builder may receive a monetary kickback from any upgrades selected.
3. Medium Grade Residential Nylon Carpet
Average Cost for Carpet, Pad & Installation - $50 per yard
Check installer qualifications and references, make sure a power stretcher is used. Select from Berber, Plush, Saxony, Textured Plush, frieze, or Sculptured styles. There is no carpet warranty for any carpet installed on stairs.
4. High Quality Residential Nylon Carpet
Average Cost for Carpet, Pad & Installation - $65 per yard.
(Extra Labor and Padding Charges are Common for Berber Styles. Learn More
Berber, Frieze and Cut & Loop Styles wear exceptionally well. You must use a well-qualified installer for this grade of carpet. Popular carpet brands are Stainmaster, Karastan, and Royalty. Non-branded carpets are Shaw, Mohawk and Beaulieu. There is no carpet warranty for any carpet installed on stairs.
Visit my Carpet Care Guide to learn how to make your carpet last years longer.
Note: Many factors contribute to the longevity of carpet. This is a basic estimate of carpet longevity and cost. it assumes you follow the manufacturers maintenance and care guidelines. The more foot-traffic you have in your home, the faster your carpet will wear out. The purpose of the information on this web page is to help you choose a suitable carpet to meet your needs, goals, budget and lifestyle. Having pets in the home was not factored into the estimates of this guide.
How Much Carpet Do You Need to Buy?
Don't pay too much for materials and labor! Here's how you can get a simple "rough" measure of your rooms that you can do by yourself or you can have a carpet installer provide you with accurate measurements to verify any bids you might be concerned about. Learn how to measure for carpet yourself.