Carpet is the accent to any home and the type of carpet you have can make or break how others see your house. With that in mind, old and worn down carpet can be even worse as it makes it look like your entire house is old and worn down. Replacing carpet is a necessary evil if you plan on keeping the interior of your home looking good.
When deciding on new carpet, there are many different types and styles that you can choose from. You can choose from needle felt, knotted, tufted, or hooked. You can also choose from just about every color that you can imagine. It may be necessary to obtain a swatch (“sample”) of different colors prior to making your final decision. Price will vary depending on the carpet fiber type, the tuft twist, and the pile density. Carpet quality can generally be broken down into three category types to give you a better idea on the cost to replace your carpet.
Apartment or Construction Grade Carpet Costs.
Apartment or construction grade carpet is generally the cheapest type of carpet that you can purchase. It is thinner than most carpets and usually only lasts 3 to 5 years. It is used for apartments and commercial office spaces as this is normally the amount of time between carpet changes for those type of locations anyway. You can purchase an apartment grade carpet if you want to save a little bit of money, but keep in mind that the carpet is thinner, rougher, and you may be limited in the color type that you can choose. If you go with apartment grade carpet, plan on spending approximately $8 to $12 per square yard which includes the price of padding and installation.
Residential Carpet Costs.
If you want a carpet that is comparable to most homes in the United States, then you will want a residential carpet grade type carpet. This type of carpet is thicker than apartment grade carpets and has a lifespan of up to 12 years. The carpet is softer, comes in more of a variety or patterns and colors, and is easy to find as it is the most common type of carpet on the market. Plan on spending approximately $15 to $25 per square yard for residential carpet which includes the price of the padding and installation.
High End Carpet Costs.
High end carpet is the same as residential carpet only better quality. You should expect to get up to 20 years out of high end carpet and you will feel the difference in softness from regular residential or apartment grade carpet. High end carpet is usually your patterned carpet and also has more fibers per square yard than other carpets (think of the thread count in bed sheets – the higher the better). For high end carpet, you will spend anywhere from $25 to $40 per square yard which includes the price of padding as well as labor.
If you have already purchased your new carpet and are simply looking for installation costs, plan on spending approximately $5 to $10 per square yard. Your installer will have all of the necessary tools for the installation but you may also need to purchase additional materials such as tack strips.
Additional Price Consideration.
If you are looking to replace your carpet and you feel like your current carpet could be saved, consider hiring a professional cleaning service. They could be able to clean your carpets for a fraction of the cost of replacement and extend the life of the carpet for a few more years.
When obtaining a quote, make sure that it contains the price for padding and tack strips. Most new carpet comes with padding included in the price (the prices quoted previously include padding) but make sure that this is not an additional charge on the estimate that you receive.
To get a better idea of costs, here are some carpeting estimates from professionals.
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