Buying new carpet is a relatively high home maintenance expense. The cost of the carpet and carpet padding together with the fees for installation affect the total carpet cost. There are many different types of carpet to fit a homeowner’s budget for buying carpets.
Some whole-house carpets focus on affordability while carpet made from natural fibers like wool tend to be more expensive.
Though most carpeting is sold by the square yard, some carpet is also sold by the square foot. If the room is measured in feet from the longest part of the length and width of the room, the area in square feet is the length multiplied by the width. The find the area in square yards, the length and width are multiplied then divided by nine.
The two methods – square feet and square yard measurements give the total amount of carpet material necessary to cover the entire floor of the room. It may be beneficial to buy more than the necessary amount in order for the carpet to fit into the room easier without having a seam. Since carpets are sold off the roll, the length of the roll affects the dimensions of a carpet purchase.
Carpets are typically sold from twelve foot rolls. If a room has one side that is twelve feet, the carpet will end up being the correct dimensions for the room. If the room is less than twelve feet long and the customer purchases the square yard total from the roll, the dimensions of the resulting carpet can be awkward to install.
The customer may want to deviate from the area of the room and buy a slightly longer piece of carpet so that the carpet can be trimmed to fit the room rather than pieced together with a seam. Also, some homeowners like to keep a little extra carpet in case a carpet repair is necessary.
To find the maximum budget for carpet, the homeowner can take the total budget for the carpet itself and divide by the square footage or yards depending on how the carpet is priced. By caculating this, it will give the estimated maximum price per unit of measurement. Other expenses such as carpet installation and carpet padding need to be taken into consideration for the total budget for carpets.
If a homeowners total budget for buying carpet for one room is one thousand five hundred dollars and installation service at the home improvement store where the carpet will be purchased is one hundred dollars, that would leave fourteen hundred dollars for the carpet and carpet padding. If the room is ninety square feet, the maximum allowance for carpet and padding is fifteen dollars and fifty-five cents per square foot.
Fees that are included in the price of carpet installation vary among professional installation services. Some carpet installers may charge extra for the carpet padding, tack strips, and trim while other carpet installers may include some or all of those in a basic installation price. To avoid going over budget, the homeowner should subtract the fees of installation and hauling away the old carpet before determining the carpet budget per square foot or square yard. Some carpet installers charge extra fees for installing carpet on stairs.
Carpet prices for simple, whole-house carpet often begin at less than one dollar per square foot. One popular home improvement store in the United States sells carpet with a ten-year warranty for one dollar and sixty-eight cents per square foot. Carpets with longer warranties are also sold for slightly higher prices.
Carpets are also sold in carpet tiles for easy transport and installation. Some carpet tiles are made to fit snuggly against each other with interlocking edges. The prices of carpet tiles and sizes vary. Generally one basic type of square foot tiles will sell for $1.40 per piece. Two common sizes of carpet tiles are square foot tiles and eighteen inch squares. Carpet tiles are often sold by the case which may include sixteen or twenty carpet tiles.