Price Reflects Value
Carpet prices vary tremendously and are based on several factors. In general, how long a carpet will retain its’ like new texture and appearance (ultimately affecting the price) depends on the type of carpet fiber and quality of carpet construction.
Wool, nylon, polyester and olefin are the most common varieties of carpet fibers. Wool carpet, woven from sheep fur, is the most expensive as it is very soft to walk on and is generally non-toxic and hypoallergenic. Nylon is priced in the middle of the road and is common in many Indianapolis homes.
Polyester and olefin are the least expensive fibers. Polyester is environmentally friendly, being made from recycled bottle caps and tires, but is less durable than other carpet varieties. Olefin is popular in residential and commercial settings but tends to wear more easily.
Carpet prices vary even for carpets made out of the same fiber since they may be constructed differently. How a carpet is put together will impact its’ overall look and performance. There are three main components of a carpet’s construction:
- Face Weight
Face weight is the amount of fiber on the surface of the carpet (not the same as the total weight) expressed in ounces per square yard. Face weight is one good indication of carpet durability.
- Twist Level
A carpet’s twist level is the number of twists in a one inch strand of carpet. A higher twist level is desired as carpet with fewer twists can unravel.
- Fiber Density
Density refers to how closely together the fibers are tufted into the carpet backing. The closer together the fiber strands are at the base of the carpet, the more dense the carpet. Higher density carpets are more durable.
How Much Should You Spend?
While you should always look to buy the highest quality carpet within your budget, here are some other factors to consider.
- Carpet Location. Don’t skimp on carpet for high traffic areas like hallways, stairs and family rooms. Inexpensive carpet will show matting and wear more quickly. For rooms that don’t get much use, you may not need to spend as much. (See more about our carpet maintenance tips)
- Carpet Longevity. How long does the carpet need to last? If you’re planning to move within a couple of years, you can spend less.
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