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What Is the Average Price Per Square Foot of Carpet?

What Is the Average Price Per Square Foot of Carpet?

The average price per square ft. of carpet is $2.

Is the Price of Padding Included?

Padding usually isn’t included in the price of the carpet. Some companies may include the padding for free, but the cost of the padding is usually made up elsewhere, either in the cost of the carpet or in the cost of the installation. Padding by itself usually averages in cost between $0.35 and $0.65, but it can be a good idea to plan for as much as $1.00 to $1.20 per foot, depending on the type of padding, to make sure that you enough in your budget for the padding.

What Are the Different Types of Carpet Padding?

Carpet padding comes in a variety of materials that vary in price and intended use. The different types of padding include:

  • Urethane foam
  • Bonded urethane
  • Waffle rubber
  • Flat rubber
  • Fiber cushion

How Are Carpet Prices Calculated?

The entire cost of the carpet can be calculated by multiplying the length times the width of the room to determine the number of square feet. Multiply the total number of square feet by the cost per square foot of the carpet. If padding isn’t included, multiply the cost of the padding by the total number of square feet, and then add the result to the total cost per square foot of the carpet. Do the same for any installation costs.

It’s a good idea to multiply your total square feet by 1.1. This will allow extra carpet for cuts.

What Factors Impact the Price?

The factors that impact the price of the carpet include the following:

  • Color
  • Style
  • Pile height
  • Thickness
  • Durability
  • Material
  • Weight in ounces

Carpet manufacturers often use the weight of the carpet as the primary indicator of price, with heaver carpets costing more per square foot than lighter ones. The strength of the carpet fibers is also a major factor, which depends on the carpet materials. Carpet fibers are usually made out of nylon or polyester, but because nylon is slightly stronger, it’s more expensive.

What Is the Least Expensive Type of Carpet?

Olefin (polypropylene) is one of the least expensive fibers that is used to make carpet. It isn’t very resilient, however, unless it’s in looped form, which can help strengthen it. Olefin fiber carpet is thus generally recommended only for areas that don’t get a lot of foot traffic.

What Is the Most Expensive Type of Carpet?

The most expensive type of carpet is carpet with wool fibers. This is because wool is the only natural fiber used for carpet. All other types of fibers are synthetic.

How Much Carpet do I Need?

To find out how much carpet you need, first, you need to know exactly how large the area you want to carpet will be. If you’re carpeting only one room, measure the length and the width of the room. If you’re carpeting a larger area of your home, then it’s still a good idea to measure room by room.

Once you have the measurements, multiply the length times the width to determine the square footage of the room. Add all of the rooms square footage together to get the total number of square feet you’ll need. Multiply that total by 1.1 to add 10% for cuts.

To make the calculations easier, you can use an online calculator to help you figure out how much carpet you need.

How Can I Measure My Room Accurately?

To accurately measure your room, you’ll need either a tape measure or a laser distance measurer. If your room is exactly rectangular and has no doorways or closets, then your job is easy – just measure the length and the width and then multiply them together to get the square footage of the room.

Most rooms aren’t quite so simple, however. For any doorways, measure from the wall opposite the doorframe to the middle of the doorway. If your room isn’t 100% rectangular, use the longest measurement possible.

It’s best to get your room professionally measured. Carpets come in 12-foot rolls and, depending on the size of the room, may need to be seamed. The carpet roll can’t just be turned 90 degrees to fit because then the seam would show. To make sure you have enough carpet, you may want to round up to the nearest five inches.

Do I Need To Buy More than My Measurement?

It’s important to buy more than the exact measurement of the room. During the installation process, you will need to cut some strips off of the carpet, so having extra will leave you room to do that and still carpet the entire room. It’s usually recommended to multiply your room’s total square footage by 1.1 in order to add 10% more. This will leave enough room for cuts.

How Can I Install My Own Carpet?

It is possible to install your own carpet. However, if you’re not experienced with carpet installation, it may be a good idea to hire professionals to install it for you to ensure a good installation.

Once all preparation has been completed, you can first install the tackless strips against the walls. Don’t put tackless strips in door frames or anywhere people may step, since stepping on them can hurt. Then, you can install the carpet padding, stapling together any pad seams and then trimming the padding around the edges so it neatly fits against the wall.

Once the padding is down, you can prepare the carpet for installation by trimming it down to size. Make sure to leave at least 3 inches on the sides so you’ve got some extra room. Then, you can lay down the carpet. Make any additional trims that you need to (but keep that extra three inches!) and then glue the seams together.

Attach the carpet to the tackless strips along the wall. Then trim the excess carpet away. You may need to stretch the carpet to ensure that it’s flat across the floor and reaches the tackless strips on the other side of the room. If there are any areas, such as doorways, where there are no tackless strips, then fasten a binder bar to the carpet to cover the edge. Make any last trims you need to and your carpet has been installed!

What Preparation Is Needed Before Installation?

The first step is to move everything, including furniture, out of the room. Then, have any old carpeting removed. Some carpet companies will remove and haul away the old carpet. The next steps involve clearing the way for the new carpet. Thoroughly clean the subfloor and remove all doors from their frames so they don’t get in the way.

How Much Does it Cost to Have Carpet Professionally Installed?

To have a carpet professionally installed, the average price is $0.50 per square foot. Some installers have minimum prices of $200, so if you are installing carpet in a smaller room, you may end up paying more than the average price per square foot for the installation. The total average cost of a carpet installation ranges from $980 to $1,680

Is Installation More Expensive With More Expensive Carpet?

The installation costs are generally not connected to the cost of the carpet. A more expensive carpet shouldn’t be any more expensive to install than a cheaper carpet.

How Should I Take Care of My Carpet?

Taking proper care of your carpet will help it last longer, getting more use out of the price. Cleaning it regularly is important, but how you clean can also affect the life expectancy of your carpet. When vacuuming, for example, make sure that the vacuum is set at the correct height for your carpet. Doing a thorough deep clean or hiring a professional cleaning service periodically will also help ensure that your carpet lasts longer.

Could New Flooring Be Better for Your Health?

Could New Flooring Be Better for Your Health?

We do many things with our health in mind, but selecting flooring is usually not one of them. Failing to think of health when choosing new flooring could be a mistake, however, as floors can be around for years to come and can impact the health of you and your family members in many ways. In fact, deciding to replace your floors may just help to improve your health starting right away.

Improve Cleanliness and Minimize Germs

Old flooring can harbor dirt, mold, germs, and debris. Replacing old flooring can remove these volatile substances from your home and the air that you and your family breathe.

Upgrading from carpet to laminate, tile, or hardwood flooring can help you to keep your home cleaner and minimize the amount of dirt and debris that remains trapped in the flooring. The type of flooring that works best may vary depending on the room that it will be used in and the regular activity within the home, with tile often being preferred for rooms or homes where the floors will be regularly exposed to moisture.

Reduce Airborne Chemical Exposure

Older flooring was often manufactured using toxic chemicals that continuously emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the air. Replacing older flooring with new solutions gives you the opportunity to find flooring with low VOC emissions. There are a variety of options, including many different types of hardwood, vinyl tile and sheet, laminate, and linoleum that have been qualified as low emission flooring.

Provide Support and Cushion for Feet and Legs

Flooring can be hard on the feet, ankles, knees, and legs if there isn’t a lot of give. Fortunately, installing new floors allows you to choose flooring that will be nice to your feet and legs:

  • Carpet is the softest flooring type, it gives when you walk on it, so it shocks your body the least
  • Cork flooring is soft, spongy, and warm
  • Vinyl tile or sheet is thin and can be installed over thick, soft underlayment
  • Rubber flooring is springy and comfortable
  • Padded linoleum flooring is plush and soft
  • Laminate flooring can be installed over soft, high quality underlayment

Taking the time to figure out which flooring type will be best based on your health needs and concerns can provide you with benefits far into the future. If you’re unsure which option will be best for your home, speak to the professionals at your Altamonte Springs flooring store. They will be able to help direct you toward the healthiest flooring picks, while still considering your style preferences and budget.

Stop by Flooring Headquarters today to browse your flooring options, or call 407-262-7979 to ask about our health friendly flooring options.

Carpet Installation 101

Carpet Installation 101

Carpet can add comfort and warmth to a room that’s not easily attainable with other flooring materials. Carpet is an affordable option, but installing it yourself can make it even more affordable. Before taking on a carpet installation project, however, make sure that you know what to do so that your project will be a success.

Gather the Right Materials and Equipment

Before getting started with a carpet project, gather all of the materials and equipment that you’ll need. Most importantly, get enough carpet and padding to fill the space. Multiply the length of the room by the width of the room to find square footage, or divide by nine to find square yardage.

Other materials and equipment you may need for a carpet project include:

  • Tack strips
  • Staples
  • Tape measure
  • Chalk
  • Hammer stapler
  • Knee kickers
  • Razor knife
  • Carpet tuckers
  • Seaming tape
  • Seaming iron

Clean and Prepare the Subfloor

Remove old flooring or carpet and clean the subfloor before getting started. Scrape paint and remove dirt and debris. Ensure the floor is even before moving to the next step.

Install Tack Strips

Tack strips should be installed about ½ inch away from the walls all around a room, leaving the thresholds open. Tack strips come in different sizes, so it’s important to consult with experts at your Longwood carpet store to make sure you purchase the right ones for the job. If installing tack strips on a concrete subfloor, it may be necessary to use epoxy or masonry tacks.

Place Carpet Padding

Carpet padding should run perpendicular to carpet, so be sure to plan for this when installing. Lay out carpet padding and staple together at seams. Trim the pad so that it butts up to the inner edge of the tack strips – all tacks should be exposed – and staple it to the strips with a staple hammer.

Notch and Trim Carpets

It’s easiest to notch and cut carpets outside where they can be unrolled fully. Measure the carpet area and add three inches to give a margin of error. Notch the sides of the carpet and then mark the line across with chalk before cutting. Cut the back of the carpet, roll it to bring it inside, and then place it properly and unroll it.

Seam Carpet Together

The quality of a carpet seam can make or break a carpet project. Before beginning to seam two pieces of carpet together, make sure both edges are straight, close together, and that the piles run in the same direction. Place seaming tape adhesive side up on the floor beneath the carpet seam and use a seaming iron to heat the tape and melt the glue. Press the carpet firmly onto the tape and use heavy objects to hold it down until it adheres.

Attach and Stretch Carpet

A knee kicker can be used to attach the carpet to the tack strips and stretch it over the tacks on the same side. A power stretcher should be used to stretch the carpet to strips that are farther away. After the carpet is attached to tack strips, excess carpet can be trimmed away and binder bars and trim can be placed to polish up the project.
If you are considering installing carpet, call 407-262-7979 or visit your Longwood flooring store to go over your options.

Ultimate Guide to Carpet Styles for Residential Homes

Ultimate Guide to Carpet Styles for Residential Homes

Have you ever caught yourself wondering how many variations of carpet there are? Whether the answer is yes or no, if you choose carpeting for your floors you’ll have to do some research to guide you in your decision-making. Luckily, a Longwood carpet store has a list and selection of all the styles you might like.

Main Differences

There are two central families of carpet: loop pile and cut pile. Loop pile is made of fibers that are twisted and bent into loops. They tend to be very durable and harder to stain. Cut pile is made of yarn tips that are cut and standing upright. Stains and footprints show more with this type of carpeting.

Cut Pile Family

 

Plush Pile

This is almost fully untwisted yarn, which leaves a velvety, soft appearance with an upright finish. It’s known for its luxurious look. Something to consider with this style s that it reveals footprints and vacuuming.

Saxony

Saxony is almost identical to plush pile with the exception that it’s a bit taller and the yarn is more wound up. The fibers are densely packed and also show footsteps and vacuuming.

Cut Pile Twist

A lush carpet style with a more textured finish, cut pile twist is durable and well textured. It’s great for areas with heavy foot traffic and is less likely to display markings of feet or other tacks.

Frieze

If you’re looking for an extremely durable and attractive carpet, frieze might be right up your alley. There are variations in thickness, give a “shaggy” look.

Loop Pile Family

 

Level Loop Pile

Evenly looped fibers create a durable, finished texture that’s great for areas with a lot of traffic. Hallways and landings might be some places to consider using this type carpet.

Multi Level Loop Pile

With loops of various heights, this carpet has a diverse look and texture. It’s something to consider for offices and conference areas that get walked on frequently.

Sisal

This is a multi loop pile made in straight rows. There are many options when it comes to pattern and texture with sisal carpets.

There are undoubtedly plenty of options when you’re choosing carpeting for your home or office. Getting familiar with some of the differences will make your buying process much smoother. If you have any questions there’s a Longwood carpet store with experts who are happy to help.

Give us a call or see us in our location to get any carpeting questions answered.

Replacing Patches of Ruined Carpet

Replacing Patches of Ruined Carpet

Snags, tears and stains on carpet can all be pretty big eyesores. If damage of this sort happens in your home, depending on the size and gravity, you may be able to fix it on your own. Just set aside some time and let your local Longwood carpet specialists walk you through the easy steps of carpet restoration.

Find a Match

Having some excess carpet from installation comes in handy for jobs like these. If you don’t happen to have any spare carpet, look for a corner or closet in the house that’s unseen an cut out a swatch of carpet from there.

It’s important to use the same exact carpet so that you aren’t causing a ‘quilt’ effect on your floor. Trust us, it’s not pretty.

Cutting

Using a utility knife, cut a triangle or rectangle around the affected area. Then, cut the matching carpet in the same shape (but a little larger for room to tuck in and trim out) and prepare it to be placed in the hole you cut.

Preparation

Lighting is crucial here. Make sure that you’re repairing with the help of good daylight and if not, that your lights are on so you can see what you’re doing.

Take a piece of thick, durable fabric like burlap to place beneath in the freshly cut hole (before you place your swatch). Tuck it under the edges of the hole and leave it there to be a buffer between the adhesive and the bare floor.

Placement

Take carpet adhesive and rub it along the edges of the hole you’ve cut as well as the fabric you placed on the ground. Be sure that you pay attention to the grain so that when you place the swatch, it’s running along the same orientation. Place the swatch into the hole and trim any excess carefully. Ruffle the edges with your hand to hide the seam.

Then, you’re pretty much finished! Just let the area dry overnight and vacuum the following day.

Don’t panic if you happen to spill some chili on the ground. With some simple, guided steps you’ll be able to have your floor back to stellar condition in no time.

If you find yourself needing an extra hand with your carpeting (or any flooring for that matter) check it out with the experts. We’re Longwood carpet whizzes and we’re always happy to help.

Flooring Considerations for Cooler Weather

Flooring Considerations for Cooler Weather

Now that the temperatures are starting to cool down, you may be getting a case of cold feet. The flooring in your home can really have a major impact on the comfort levels of your home and may even save you or cost you money, depending on which type of flooring you choose. If you are selecting new flooring or if the chilly floors are already driving you crazy, take the following factors into consideration.

Wood and Laminate Contract in Cold

Wood and laminate flooring contract in cooler temperatures and expand in warmer temperatures. When the weather is cooler, this can cause cracks to open up in the floor, which may let cold drafts into the house. This means that by selecting wood or laminate, you may inadvertently make it harder to keep your home warm in the cooler months.

Carpets and Padding Can Act as Insulation

Carpets and carpet padding can help to keep the heat inside of your home and the cold air out. This may be a big consideration if your heating bill is generally very high through the cooler months. Carpet is also very comfortable to walk on and will not be as cold on the feet as other types of flooring. While these shouldn’t be the only considerations if you are thinking about switching to carpet from another type of flooring, comfort during the cool months can be a big factor.

Area Rugs Can Save Cold Feet

If you have hard wood, tile, or another type of flooring that gets very cold in the fall and winter, area rugs are a relatively inexpensive solution that can separate your feet from the frigid floors. Area rugs will not actually insulate or warm your home, but they can save you from discomfort and keep you from cranking the heat up, as you will naturally feel a little warmer if your feet are not cold. Area rugs can also help to add coziness to the home decor during cool months.

There Are Ways to Heat Cooler Floors

Laminate and certain other types of flooring hold heat well, so you may be able to keep the floor feeling warmer just by turning up the thermostat a little or burning a fire in the fireplace. There are also products that can be added underneath flooring to create a heated floor effect. These products may range in expense and require different methods of installation, so looking into all of the details before committing can help the project to go smoother.

Call your local flooring store today to ask about your best options for keeping your floors warm through the cooler months of the year.