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Nylon Carpet 

Cost vs. Longevity

 

 

What's the Typical Cost for residential carpet made from a Nylon Fiber? How long will it 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 here you can still get a good idea of what to expect. 

 

Take My Free Carpet 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.

 

 

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  • Low Foot Traffic? 

  • Medium Foot Traffic?

  • Heavy Foot Traffic?

 

1. Apartment Grade Nylon Carpet 

Carpet Specifications Explained

 

Average Longevity:

  • Low traffic                  5 years

  • Medium traffic             4 years

  • Heavy traffic       `       3 years

 

Average Cost per square yard installed $25.00

  • Carpet Cost $12.00 to 18.00 per sq. yd. 

  • Specifications - 24 to 28 ounce face-weight, 100% Nylon fiber. 

  • Fiber: Staple or Continuous Filament

  • Pad Cost $2.75 to 4.50 per sq. yd.

  • Pad Specs - 3/8" to 7/16" Rebond pad, 3 to 6 pound density.

  • Installation Cost $4.50 to 5.50 per sq. yd. 

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 Longevity 

Carpet Specifications Explained

  • Low traffic                   8 years

  • Medium traffic              6 years

  • Heavy traffic                4 years

 

Average Cost for Carpet, Pad & Installation - $35.00 

  • Carpet Cost $18.00 to 24.00 per sq. yd. 

  • Specifications - 28 to 35 ounce face-weight, 100% nylon fiber. 

  • Fiber: Staple or Continuous Filament

  • Pad Cost $5.00 to 6.50 per sq. yd.

  • Pad Specs - 3/8" to 7/16" Rebond pad, 4 to 6 pound density.

  • Installation Cost $4.50 to 5.50 per sq. yd. 

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  

Carpet Specifications Explained

          

Average Longevity

  • Low traffic                 12-years

  • Medium traffic             9 years

  • Heavy traffic                7 years

 

Average Cost for Carpet, Pad & Installation - $50 per yard

  • Carpet Cost $30.00 to $45.00 per sq. yd. 

  • Specifications - 35 to 45 ounce face-weight, 100% Nylon BCF fiber. 

  • Fiber: Continuous filament

  • Minimum Carpet Density 2000

  • Minimum Tuft Twist 4.5

  • Pad Cost $5.50 to 6.50 per sq. yd.

  • Pad Specs - 3/8" to 7/16" Rebond pad, 6 to 8 pound density.

  • Installation Cost $6.00 to 7.50 per sq. yd. 

 

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  

Carpet Specifications Explained

  

Average Longevity

  • Low traffic                  20 years

  • Medium traffic             15 years

  • Heavy traffic                12 years

Average Cost for Carpet, Pad & Installation - $65 per yard.

  • Carpet Cost $45.00 to 65.00 per sq. yd. 

  • Specifications - 40 to 65 ounce face-weight, 100% Nylon BCF fiber. 

  • Fiber: Continuous Filament

  • Minimum Carpet Density 2500

  • Minimum Tuft Twist 5.5

  • Pad Cost $5.50 to 7.50 per sq. yd.

  • Pad Specs - 3/8" to 7/16" Rebond pad, 8 pound density.

  • Berber requires special low-profile high-density padding.

  • Installation Cost $6.50 to 8.50 per sq. yd. 

(Extra Labor and Padding Charges are Common for Berber Styles)

 

What Does BCF Mean?

 

BCF 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 and look thicker and fuller.  

 

The 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.

 

A 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. 

 

If 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. 

 

 

How Much Carpet Do You Really Need?

 

Carpet Measuring Scams are way too 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.

 

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