The average homeowner typically pays $2 to $8 per square foot for carpet and installation, with factors such as thickness, durability, softness and carpet pad influencing the price. You should expect to pay more for higher quality carpet but beware of paying a higher price for a name brand (but an inferior product) or getting charged additional fees on top of your project quote for things like moving furniture or the disposal of your old carpet.
There are many variables that go into carpet cost, but the main ones are the type of carpet, carpet quality, pad quality, and installation cost.
Most residential carpets are made from synthetic fibers like Nylon or Polyester, because they are the most stain-resistant. These have similar price points, so you won’t find this to be a big factor in determining cost.
Beyond fiber, residential carpet comes in different styles. Pattern carpet adds visual interest beyond just color by adding textures and designs. Texture/Twist carpet is made from soft, twisted fibers, and the construction of the fibers contributes to the durability and softness. A better-constructed twist carpet will be dense but still soft and therefore cost more. Loop or Berber carpet is durable, because the carpet fibers are looped into the backing, which increases its resistance to wear, but it is not soft. Loop carpet is typically more expensive than texture/twist.
We usually consider a carpet that is thick, soft, and long-lasting (durable) to be the hallmarks of quality. What is less understood is how these factors interact with each other. So let’s get nerdy on this!
The density of a carpet is defined as the number of filaments per square inch. The higher the density, the thicker and more durable the carpet. But this has nothing to do with softness! If you think of a doormat, it is very thick but not soft at all. A carpet with a density above 3,000 for residential carpet is considered super-durable.
Denier is the measurement of softness for a carpet. The denier is the unit weight for the size of a single filament or piece of yarn. The lower the denier (think: lightness), the softer the carpet, but it will be less durable. The range for typical residential carpet is 20-24 denier. A carpet with a denier of 10-12 is considered super soft.
When a carpet has high density combined with low denier, it means you get the super fine, soft filaments, and there are A LOT of them. This combination achieves both softness and durability and makes the highest quality carpet.
Not all carpet pads are created equal. Not even close. Traditional carpet pad is made from pieced together foam that absorbs moisture. These pads trap liquids and odors for the long haul. Cheaper carpets often come with cheap carpet pad. A premium pad is moisture-resistant (some have double-sided moisture resistance), leaving your carpet primed for easy clean-up and keeping it feeling (and smelling) fresh. It should also be thick and springy to make your carpet feel comfortable underfoot.
Finally, it is important to determine whether or not the carpet price you have been given includes installation. Some vendors price the product and the installation separately and others include the installation cost as part of the total project cost. However, even if the installation is included, many vendors tack on additional charges for services like moving of furniture, removal and disposal of old carpet and pad, cleaning of the sub-floor, repairing missing or broken tack strip (holds the carpet down), moving furniture back in place, and final clean up. These individual tasks are often priced separately (and not disclosed until the time of install), and they can add a significant cost to your carpet project.
Some vendors include the removal and disposal of your old carpet and pad as part of their price, and others add it as an additional charge. The national average cost of carpet removal is $200. Costs will vary based on how many square feet of carpet you want to be removed and any special features the carpeted rooms have.
Some carpet vendors charge by the stair (less for a basic set of box stairs and more if you have spindles from a handrail), and others calculate stairs as part of the total square footage of the project.
Carpet padding is a material (usually foam) that’s placed under your carpet. It helps protect your carpet from wear by absorbing the shock of everyday foot traffic. It also protects the flooring underneath the carpet against the impact of heavy furniture and foot traffic. Finally, it makes cleaning easier and is important in making walking on your carpet soft and springy.
The average is $3.75 per square foot with labor and all materials included. The padding material alone sells for an average of $1.50 per square foot. The cheapest is bonded foam (recycled, pieced together). The more expensive option is premium carpet pad, which is solid (not glued together chopped foam, like bonded), thicker, and has a moisture barrier.
The national average of labor costs for carpet installation is between $1 and $3 per square foot. Some vendors price the product and the installation separately and others include the installation cost as part of the total project cost. If installation is included, you should determine whether or not the installation cost is all-inclusive. Often vendors tack on charges above the base installation cost for services like furniture moving, old carpet removal, pre-installation prep work, etc.
There are two ways that carpet fibers can be colored: piece dyed or solution dyed. In the piece dyed (or yarn dyed) process, the fibers are dipped in a vat of dye after they are extruded. In this method, the dye penetrates just the outer surface of the fiber.
If carpet fibers are solution dyed, the color is added to the liquid fiber solution before the fibers are extruded. This process allows the dye to be mixed into the solution thoroughly, bringing the color all the way through the fiber. Because the color is part of the yarn, solution dyed carpet is inherently stain-resistant and colorfast (resistant to fading). MyFlooring sells only solution dyed carpet.
To use vegetables as an example, a radish would be piece dyed (the inside is white and the outside is colored), whereas a carrot would be solution dyed (same color all the way through).
Most vendors will offer you free samples at their store locations. MyFlooring sends your samples right to your mailbox. When you’re looking atcarpet styles on MyFlooring.com and find one you are interested in, click “get sample” to add it to your cart. At check out, enter FREESAMPLE to get your top three choices at no cost (each additional sample is $2).
Most companies make the carpet buying process complicated and time-consuming, requiring you to schedule an appointment for someone to come to your home, assess the project size, and then send you an estimate a few days later.MyFlooring gives you a quote instantly. Our Instant Quote Generator uses your rough (or exact) measurements to give you the cost of your project for every type of flooring we offer. Before appointments or protracted conversations with salespeople or days and days of frustration, you know what your project will cost.
Another plus? Our quote is all-inclusive. It covers the product, installation, furniture moving, existing flooring removal. . . everything. No hidden or unexpected charges. Ever.
If you are looking for high quality (that’s durability + softness!), solution dyed carpet with premium pad at an all-inclusive price, you’vemet your carpet match with MyFlooring.
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