There are at least, if not more; 3 grades of low-end carpets designed for apartments, rental property and is typically called “builders Grade” carpet. These low-cost carpets are only designed to last 3 to 5 years at best. The face weights are generally 22 ounces to 30 ounces. Prices range from $8 per square yard to $15 per square yard for the carpet only. If you are a landlord with apartments or rental property.
There are 6 medium carpet grades for those who want a carpet to last for 6 to 15 years. Face-weights range from 30 ounces to 40 ounces. Prices range $18 to $30 per yard and up for the carpet only, Then you need a good pad. The pile height, tuft twist and pile density are three factors that determine how long the carpet will last and prices increase accordingly.
There are at least 3 high-end grades for those who want their carpet to last 15-20 years or more and are willing to pay dearly for it.
With high-end carpet grades you can expect:
The best quality fiber, are usually Stainmaster nylon 6.6 or wool. These are made very well, easier to clean, more resilient, resist fading, better color choices, more durable, more styles to choose from, etc. You always get a much better backing system. The backing will have a much tighter weave, is much heavier construction, better materials and is much more durable. This also helps prevent wrinkling and delaminating. The pile density will be higher, often more than 3000. Higher density carpets can tolerate higher traffic applications and increased ease of cleaning. The tuft-twist rating will be higher (in the 6 to 9 range). Higher tuft-twists make carpets retain their like-new appearance longer. Costs will be $45 to $85 per square yard for carpet only. Pad and install is extra. Expect to pay more for installation as these high quality carpets are usually heavier and more difficult to install.
These are just some of the grades of carpet to make it easy to understand. In reality, there are dozens of varying grades of carpet to choose from, all at varying prices and warranty levels. Higher price does not always mean it is a better carpet. Thicker or higher face-weight carpets are not always worth more or more durable. The type of fiber you choose is very critical. Nylon is always a better choice than Polyester if you want your carpet to last a long time and not mat down quickly.
Choosing the wrong grade of carpet is the biggest mistake you can make. Why? Because the carpet you buy MUST meet your needs and goals or you will not get the results that you desire. Why spend thousands on a carpet that won’t last as long as you hope?
Need to buy a good carpet? Why spend thousands on a cheaply-made, low-quality carpet that will wear out and mat down before you know it? On the other side of the coin, why spend hundreds or thousands more than you need to, if you’re going to move in a couple of years?
Let’s be sensible…If you want your carpet to last for just 5 years, you shouldn’t spend more any than is necessary to achieve that goal. The trick is knowing how to determine which grade of carpet can do the best job for you at the lowest possible cost.
Don’t put complete or blind trust in any carpet salesperson. Few carpet salespeople are going to be willing to help you achieve your goals. Why? Because most commissioned carpet salespeople are not willing to take the time to ask you the important questions that are necessary to help you choose new carpet wisely. They will likely applaud any carpet choice you make, and tell you that it is a good choice whether it is a good choice for your needs and goals or not.
Homeowners need to learn how to choose the right carpet and avoid bad advice from carpet salespeople.