Despite losing its dominant presence it once had, carpet remains one of the most popular types of flooring. Not only does carpet provide a huge relief during the cold winter months, but it also gives any room a sense of warmth that so many homeowners crave. Given its soft and insulating nature, carpet is fortunately very quiet.
When it comes time to decide what flooring type you want to install, the decision will largely come down to cost. Carpet pricing is generous compared wood or tile, but even after installation, there are other prices that most carpet owners have to endure. Continue reading to see all costs of carpet.
Carpet Installation Cost
Carpet pricing will largely depend on the chosen fabric as well as the size of the room you are choosing to carpet. To further complicate things, many companies include installation in the cost of the carpet. Nevertheless, on average, expect to pay $2,969 for 500sf of medium-quality carpet and installation.
Thanks to our carpet calculator, you can determine exactly how much carpet you need. But before you head over to the calculator, you must first determine what type and style you want. For style, the carpet can be woven, needlefelt, knotted, tufted and more. Each has their own strengths and weaknesses in terms of feel, durability and look. They also vary in price when mixed with the different fabrics. They can be made from nylon, polypropylene, wool or wool-blends, polyester and acrylic. The best way to know which suits your needs is to feel them and talk to a carpet expert about which does best in your kind of home.
Once you determine the exact style and material, you can measure the room. Remember to measure the farthest width and length of the room. It never hurts to have extra carpet should a spill or two occur. For stairs, measure one stair tread (the horizontal part) from one side to the other side of the rail, to the wall and then round it off to the nearest foot. Then, measure the stair from the bottom to the top of the tread (the vertical part) and round off to the nearest foot. Multiply these two together to determine the area of the stair. Add three inches if you plan to use carpet padding.
Note: Installation companies can remove old carpet and rip out the old padding, but those companies will charge an additional fee.
Carpet Padding Cost
While most carpets are as soft as possible, when laid on top of original flooring, they can feel hard and dense. Carpet padding is the unsung hero of that warm, cushion feel you sense every time you walk across your carpet. It increases the durability of the carpet and adds to the plush feel of the floor.
In addition to your regular carpet, the padding itself will cost between $3 and $4 per square yard. If you are installing new carpeting as well, this price is probably included in your overall installation. If you want to install carpet padding in an unusually shaped room, the price will rise. Installers must cut the padding into different pieces and shapes to fit the layout of that room.
Carpet Repair Prices
Sadly, the work does not stop after the initial installation. Accidents and general wear and tear can ruin the warmth and fantastic design you intended for your carpet. As such, carpet repairs need to always be considered. While it is never a welcomed expense, the average carpet repair bill is $179.
The three major types of carpet repairs are:
- Spot Removal
- Carpet Patches
- Seam Repair
I will get into carpet cleaning more in depth later, but as any carpet owner knows, the most common carpet repair is spot (stain) removal. Children, wine, pets or even burns can cause stains. Needless to say, any of them can ruin the look and feel of your room. Generally, a professional carpet cleaning company will charge a minimum of $100 to tackle a stubborn stain, and homeowners should expect to pay anywhere from $188 to $246 for in-home assistance.
For a DIY approach, please see Carpet Stain Removal Tips for 12 Tough Stains.
Burns or casual rough play can result in actual holes through the carpet. If you encountered such a dilemma, or a stubborn stain that just wont go away, carpet patching is your answer. The average cost of a small patch repair should run between $178 and $218. As I noted before, this is exactly why you want to buy extra carpet. Having the same carpet on hand is much easier than going to the store and guessing which brand you bought years ago.
Did you know that even a single unraveled thread can turn into a frayed carpet? More often than not, seam repairs are required for rugs, as opposed to full carpet, but nonetheless, it’s an issue that must be fixed. Seam repairs will cost between $175 and $235 for up to two feet of carpet edge.
Carpet Cleaning Costs
Finally, we get to the most common carpet expense there is. No matter what type of carpet you buy, at one point or another, you have to professionally get it cleaned. While there are certainly a few DIY cleaning techniques, very few homeowners can clean their carpets with the accuracy and prevision of a pro. While the average carpet cleaner costs $167, it never hurts to know exactly what these pros are doing.
The three most prominent ways to clean your carpet are:
- Steam Cleaning or Hot Water Extraction
- Dry Carpet Cleaning
- Carpet Shampooing
Steam Cleaning or Hot Water Extraction
The most popular and by far the most recommended option among carpet cleaning professionals is steam cleaning. With steam cleaning, the pro injects a cleaning solution deep into the carpet and then vacuums it up. This not only cleans the surface of the carpet, but kills bacteria within the carpet. For professional steam cleaning treatment, homeowners should expect to pay anywhere between $150 and $245.
Dry Carpet Cleaning
This method applied a small amount of moisture/chemical to clean the carpet. A machine with two counter-revolving brushes moves the cleaning chemicals through the carpet's material. The cleaner supplies enough liquid to dissolve the dirt, then re-absorbs the soil and liquid, which leaves the carpet dry for vacuuming and immediate use.
As opposed to steam cleaning, dry cleaning presents little risk of over-wetting the carpet. Homeowners can expect to pay roughly the same price for dry cleaning and steam cleaning.
Carpet shampoo is a special foam homeowners and pros rub into the carpet to attract soil. After it dries, you can vacuum and the carpet should look as good as new. Beware, many people run into issues with this method, as it is easy to over-shampoo. Likewise, if the carpet is not sufficiently cleaned, stains could occur.
With prices comparable to the two above, I highly recommend calling a processional carpet cleaner.
For more information on carpet cleaning, please see Carpet Shampoo Basics.
While hardwood continues to rise the flooring ranks, carpet remains a staple in homes across America. Given its relatively low cost and soft touch, we don’t see it going away anytime soon.