CARPET COST BREAKDOWN

1. Medium-Quality Residential Carpet 

If you don’t plan on being in your home forever you might not want to spend a fortune buying the highest quality carpet right now. Most folks plan on having their carpet last for about 10 years. After that they plan on moving or changing the carpet to something different. 

The key to having your carpet last as long as possible is to choose the right grade for your application and to maintain it according to the manufacturer’s guidelines. Medium quality residential carpet is usually manufactured by a well-known brand names like Stainmaster, Mohawk, and Shaw to name a few. 

Typical Carpet Cost: Ranges from $15 to $22 per yard 

  • Carpet Face Weight: 30 to 40 ounce
  • Carpet Fiber: Nylon, Sorona PTT, Smartstrand
  • Common Styles: Plush, textured plush, sculptured, Berber, Cut Pile, Saxony
  • Typical Lifespan: 6 to 12 years

Padding Cost: Ranges from $3.00 – $4.50 per square yard.

  • Pad Type: Rebond, synthetic fiber, wool, rubber
  • Pad Thickness: 3/8″, 7/16″, 1/2″.
  • Pad Density: 6 to 8 pound
  • Typical Lifespan: 6 to 12 years
  • Carpet Installation Cost

2. High-Quality Residential Carpet

2. High-Quality Residential Carpet

High-quality residential carpet is usually manufactured by a well-known brand names like Stainmaster, Lees, Gulistan, Karastan or Masland to name a few. I am not including carpets made of Wool in this Carpet Cost Guideline, as Wool is more expensive than all the synthetic fibers used to manufacture carpet today. 

Wool carpets are certainly high-quality and can easily last 20 years or more, if cared for properly. In this Cost Breakdown I am referring to carpets made of 100% Nylon. 

Typical Carpet Cost: Ranges from $25 to $45 per yard

  • Carpet Face Weight: 38 to 50 ounce
  • Carpet Fiber: 100%Nylon (continuous Filament)
  • Common Styles: Plush, Textured Plush, Frieze (Twist), Cut Pile, Saxony, Patterned Cut & Loop, Looped Berber and Cut-Pile Berber (California Berber)
  • Typical Lifespan: 12 to 20 years or more

Padding Cost: Ranges from $4.00 – $6.50 per square yard.

  • Pad Type: Rebond, synthetic fiber, rubber, wool felt
  • Pad Thickness: 3/8″, 7/16″, 1/2″.
  • Pad Density: 6 to 10 pound
  • Typical Lifespan: 10 to 20 years
  • Carpet Installation Cost