Carpeting costs – What should I expect to pay?
By Brian Berson,
One of the most prevalent flooring selections for many homes is carpet. It is an excellent way to add warmth and comfort to any space. However, it can be expensive if you don't know what you're looking for or how much carpeting costs. Carpeting costs vary widely depending on the carpet's type, quality, and size. Some carpets are more expensive than others because of their durability or design. Additionally, budget-friendly options are available that still provide a stylish look for your home.
When deciding how much you should pay for carpet, factoring in the installation cost is imperative. Carpet is one project we don't recommend as a do-it-yourself project. If you make a mistake cutting, you've probably ruined the entire carpet. In addition to installation, there are other materials and supplies needed. You should also consider the types of carpets available and choose one that will fit your budget while providing an excellent look for your home.
It's worthwhile to explore each category before making a decision. The costs provided below for reference are estimates. You may find discrepancies in expenses according to the store you shop at, the quality of the carpet and its brand, as well as pricing variations in your area.
Carpets come in three main types: loop pile, cut pile, and cut and loop. All carpet types, regardless of construction, fall into the following price categories.
Low to Mid-Priced carpets for material only will cost anywhere from $1.50 to $4 per square foot. Price does not always indicate that a product is of poor quality or will not wear well. This greatly depends on the brand, face weight, construction type, and how it will be used. A trained professional flooring consultant can provide options in this price category to meet or exceed consumers' expectations. The primary sacrifice in this category is usually "luxury," which can be obtained by purchasing the correct cushion.
Middle Market-Priced carpets for material only will range between $4 and $6 per square foot. This puts the consumer in the range of well-balanced carpets providing good wear, comfort, and elevated features and benefits of stain resistance. Families who intend to stay in this home for a more extended period, usually over the next ten years, will find this price point ideal.
High-End Priced carpets for material only will range between $6 and $15 per square foot. Carpets in this category are usually made from better quality fibers and finishes than those in the middle market. Striking patterns and face weights will offer consumers unique looks, a luxurious feel, bursting colors, and superior wear.
Cost of Carpet Installation
When estimating the cost of carpet installation, the size of the room, the type of carpet, and the condition of your floors must all be considered. Taking this into account can help you plan a budget for your project.
Flooring stores often charge a minimum of $250 just for coming out. Installing carpets usually depends on square footage, with labor fees between $0.50 and $1.50 per square foot. Installing carpeting in tricky places such as stairs may result in additional labor expenses of $0.25 to $2.
Replacing your old carpets will require removing them, costing $0.15 to $0.30 per square foot. To clear out the room, you must remove any furniture in it. Many people try this themselves, but if the items are too bulky or complex, you might need a professional's help. Typically, contractors charge between $50 and $75.
If your subfloor has been damaged, consider repairing or replacing it before installing a new carpet. Depending on room size, the repair price typically ranges between $3.50 and $5 per sq ft. Replacing it may be more costly, so make sure to plan accordingly.
When you're ready to explore different carpet styles for your home, we invite you to visit one of our two showroom locations in Mokena, Illinois, or Highland, Indiana. Here, you can ask more questions about carpeting costs. Or, feel free to contact us by phone at (888) 910-6585 or by email HERE.
We look forward to helping you with all your flooring needs!
Note: These costs are estimates only; your costs may be higher or lower based on the abovementioned factors. Prices are based on the publication date.