Average Costs

The national average cost is for new carpet is $2.00-$8.00 per square foot+

The average cost to hire a local professional will average about $2.00-$8.00 per square foot+, with some consumers spending over $10.00 per square foot or more. So choosing the right professional the first time is of the essence.

The average cost to hire a local professional can vary widely depending on the work that needs to be performed, they region in which you are located and how fast you need the project completed. So choosing the right professional the first time is of the essence.

Billing:

Flat Rate Per Job -  Some companies charge a flat rate for the work they do.

Recognize that there are several variables in developing the price. These include: 

  • Time that it takes to complete the project.
  • How many technicians are working on your project.
  • Was it an after hours emergency
  • With many more aspects that may add to the cost

Remember, the company quoting a low rate may not necessarily be the right  company for you. Some  companies may offer low hourly rates, but then charge additional "fees" to complete the job. 

You may also need to consider that most  companies charge a higher rate for overtime, weekends, holidays and emergency calls.

The best rule of hand is to get an itemized estimate so you know exactly what is expected from the local company.

Basic Information

Carpet Terminology

Be prepared when shopping for your new carpet by know the terminology used by the carpet salesperson.

  • Fiber is the carpet material itself. Single fibers are spun together to create two-, three- or four-ply yarn, which is then attached to a woven backing.
  • Pile refers to the height of the fiber. Pile is also referred to as "face" or "nap."
  • Density is the measure of how closely packed the strands of fiber are to one another. The higher the density, the stronger the carpet.
  • Weight is measured in ounces per square yard. Face weight refers to the amount of fiber on the surface of the carpet, while total weight includes the backing and latex as well. High face weight is a good indication of quality. 
    • Texture comes from the style in which fibers are looped, twisted or cut. This determines the look and feel of the carpet, and plays a large role in its durability.
    • Twist refers to the number of time fibers turn in a 1-inch length. Higher twist counts are typically more resilient and better resist traffic and crushing.
    • PAR rating is a 1-5 rating scale for Performance, Appearance and Retention; the higher the number, the more easily it retains its appearance.

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