When planning to install new carpet, you’ll want to do some research to find what works with your budget. While every project is different, there are three major variables that tend to affect your final cost.
There’s no one specific standard for carpet pricing, but instead a number of variables that determine what you’ll pay in the end. One of those variables is the size and scope of the project. You’ll first need to find out the amount of carpet you’ll need. Floor Coverings International Dakota County handles the entire project for you, including measuring your space. Opting to have professionals measure the area you’ll be carpeting in your Burnsville home instead of doing it yourself ensures that you get the most accurate measurement possible, ultimately projecting more of a true cost. Ideally, the amount of carpet needed would equal the square footage of the area. However, the actual calculation is more complicated, and generally requires 10-20% more carpet than the square footage. Obtaining measurements for rooms that aren’t perfect squares or rectangles presents additional issues.
You should be aware that carpet prices are traditionally measured per square yard, but it’s common for some carpet retailers to list them per square foot. There are nine square feet in one square yard, meaning you’ll need to multiply the square foot price by nine to get the square yard price.
Fiber type is another factor that determines a carpet’s cost. Generally, they are priced as follows, from most expensive to least expensive: wool, nylon, polyester, and olefin (also called polypropylene). Of course there are exceptions to this, as well as additional factors that establish carpet pricing.
In addition to the size of your project and the fiber type of your carpet, costs are determined by the carpet’s construction quality. This is generally measured by three main characteristics. Face weight is the weight in ounces per square yard of the carpet pile. Total weight includes the fiber face weight as well as the backing. A carpet’s pile density rating is calculated by the following formula: [density rating] = [face weight] x 36 / [pile height]. For example, a carpet with a face weight of 30 ounces and a pile height of 0.5 inches would have a density rating of 2,160.
A higher face weight does not automatically indicate higher quality. One carpet may have longer fibers than another, giving it a higher face weight. However, the carpet with the longer fibers and higher face weight may be less dense than the carpet with shorter fibers. A carpet’s density is a more accurate indicator of its durability because it takes both face weight and pile height into account. Other factors that make up a carpet’s construction are wear rating, generally determined by individual retailers, and twist level (the number of twists in a one inch strand of carpet). When deciding on a carpet, it’s important to look at all the factors before making a final decision.
Floor Coverings International Dakota County proudly serves the Burnsville, Apple Valley, Eagan, & St. Paul area. If you are thinking about installing new carpet or have questions about carpet prices, call today to schedule a free in-home consultation!
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