Calculating carpet installation expenses


How much does it cost to install carpet?

Cost of carpet installation depends on numbers of factors and total expenses reflect carpet prices and labor cost to complete the work. But calculating total expenditures for new carpet installation or replacing old one number of additional factors should be taken into account. Flooring contractor will calculate the cost after taking on site measurements, analyzing work complexity and finalizing which type of a carpet has to be installed. Itemized estimate will reflect all charges and fees associated with installation as well as materials expenses.

Estimating carpet installation cost

Carpet prices comparison materials-prices

Comparing to other flooring materials carpet is one of the most affordable floor covering options. Polyester textured carpets the most popular due to relatively low price and colors availability. It might be a good solution for low budget home improvement project. Denser loop carpets made of nylon more expensive. Prices of some premium textured carpets made of 100% wool might be comparable to decent quality hardwood flooring. Style, fiber content and density will impact the price of a carpet.

Determining labor cost for carpet installation labor-cost

Cost of man power will depend on difficulty of a work and project size. Standard installation might be calculated as per square yard fee and will normally include carpet pad installation and stretching the carpet over existing tack strips. Preparation or fixing subfloor as well as demolishing and hauling away old flooring covering materials will be charged based on time required for completing the task and an installer’s hourly rates. Installing carpet on stairs will be prices based on size and shape of steps. Glue down carpet directly to the subfloor might consume more time and might cost more for labor.

Normally a contractor will offer a better deal for bigger projects and charge a significantly higher rate per square foot if it is small area or carpet has to be installed in single room.

Shopping for carpet shopping

If the budget is low always plan renovation well ahead and watch for sales at major local and online flooring retailers. Some stores might offer very attractive prices and even free installation on certain products if you buy carpet form them. Before purchased at discounted prices always check manufacturer warranty. Cheaper carpet doesn’t necessarily means it won’t last long or be less durable, but options and styles will be significantly limited.

Estimating installation time estimating-time

A crew of three professional installers should be able to complete carpet installation in four medium size bedrooms and living room area including all necessary thresholds installation during one work day. Additional 2 – 3 hours might be necessary to install carpet on 36” wide standard stairs. It might take longer to complete the project if moving furniture or old covering materials will be involved.

Work complexity work-complexity

Carpet installation is a moderate difficulty project and requires special tools for completing the work successfully. Some handy homeowners might consider reducing the overall cost of carpet installation by eliminating labor cost and perform the work as a do it yourself project renting power stretcher and double blade wall trimmer. It is definitely doable but lack of experience might cause the carpet will be improperly installed. Poor seaming and stretching work will lead to significant reduction in a carpet’s lifespan and repairs might be unavoidable. Manufacturer warranty won’t cover losses because of improper on site work performance and it is always better to hire a professional installer who will guaranty work quality.

Carpet tiles, which can be installed as loose lay method over existing hard surface floor relatively easy to lay and many homeowners can manage such project by self.