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How Much Does Commercial Carpet Cost?

Carpet is one of the most popular flooring materials for homes and businesses alike. However, any commercial space with heavy foot traffic will need to select a commercial carpet, rather than a residential carpet, to withstand heavy use on a regular basis. While it is primarily used in retail and office spaces, it can be used in any space where the owners want to enjoy a tough, durable material on their floors. Cost can play a big role in choosing the right type of commercial carpet, but this pricing guide details the various pros and cons of the material, what kind of carpet fibers to choose from, repair and maintenance expenses to consider, and any other factors that might influence the total cost of the project.

The Costs 

  • Average Minimum Cost of Commercial Carpet: $2 per square foot
  • Average Maximum Cost of Commercial Carpet: $7 per square foot

Advantages of Commercial Carpet 

The main reasons that buyers choose commercial carpeting over any other kind is due to the material's strength, affordability, lifespan and durability. While any kind of carpet can, theoretically, be used in a commercial space, carpets designed to handle a low amount of foot traffic will show wear easily, may not hide dirt well and can require replacement in a matter of months rather than years. Commercial carpet is designed to be sturdier overall, which means that thousands of people can walk across the fibers on a regular basis without doing any damage to them. Plus, commercial carpets are typically stain-resistant, which cuts down on how often they need to be thoroughly cleaned or replaced. Commercial carpet can also be a lot cheaper than residential carpet as it is often made from more affordable fibers. Commercial carpet is also incredibly versatile, and it comes in a wide range of colors and patterns that can fit into nearly any office design or style.

Disadvantages of Commercial Carpet

While commercial carpet can be a natural choice in a professional setting, it is important to keep in mind that there are some drawbacks. Major concerns to give thought to include the following:

  • Rough texture
  • High-quality versions can be expensive
  • Less comfortable to stand on than residential carpet
  • Fibers can crush quickly with heavy wear

Since commercial carpets are not used in places where individuals might sit or lay down on it, the rough texture is rarely an issue. Standing on commercial carpet for long periods of time can be uncomfortable, but including a thicker overlay can eliminate that concern as well. Finally, the quality of the commercial carpet will dictate the price, but some very high-quality versions can equal or even surpass the price of residential carpeting.

Major Types of Commercial Carpet Materials 

There are two major types of materials that can be used in the construction of commercial carpets: nylon and olefin. Nylon is typically considered to be the best option thanks to its durability, attractive appearance and overall stain resistance. Olefin, in contrast, tends to be slightly less durable and have a shorter overall lifespan. However, olefin is significantly cheaper than nylon, which makes it popular for commercial buyers on a limited budget or anyone who only plans to use the commercial carpet for a few years before having it replaced or moving to a new location.

Types of Commercial Carpet Construction

There are three major types of commercial carpet construction, and each has its place in certain environments.

Cut pile commercial carpet is generally the most expensive, but it is also the most luxurious. This carpet style is tighter and plusher than any alternatives, and it may be best suited for high-end offices.

Loop commercial carpet is the most common option in commercial spaces. The fibers are actually looped without being cut, which prevents fraying and gives the material extra durability. In large carpeted spaces with lots of foot traffic on a regular basis, this is typically what will be used.

Commercial carpet tiles can be made from cut pile or loop fibers, and they are offered in squares to be placed directly on the floor. Since buyers don't have to pay for shipping and delivering heavy rolls of carpet, these tiles can be more affordable in the long run. Plus, tiles can be picked up and replaced in seconds, which is ideal when it comes to cleaning commercial spaces or dealing with wear and holes.

Additional Factors That Can Influence the Cost of Commercial Carpet

Along with the fiber materials used and the construction type, there are several important factors that can play a role in determining the price of commercial carpet. The major items to keep in mind are the following:

  • Installation: Will the carpet be installed by professionals or DIY?
  • Cleaning: Stain-resistant carpets may be cheaper in the long run
  • Shipping: Heavy carpets that need to be delivered will cost more
  • Size: Large areas will cost more to carpet
  • Underlay: Thicker is more comfortable, but it does cost more

Last updated on May 20, 2016

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