3 ways to minimize carpet installation costs
One of the first questions you’ll find yourself asking when installing new carpet is, how much is it going to cost me? Re-carpeting your home is a fairly straight forward process, especially when you know what you’re doing, but if you’re not sure where to start, these are the 3 main cost factors to keep in mind when installing new carpet.
What determines Carpet Costs?
1. Type of Carpet
The actual product you choose is the biggest factor on the overall cost of getting new carpet in; the type of fibre, the weight and the durability of the product will be the decider on what your carpet cost ends up looking like.
- Synthetic fibres are usually less expensive than natural fibres like wool that make up the high-quality wool carpets.
- Higher weight carpets (oz per square inch) have a softer and more luxurious feel and will cost more than a lower weight carpet of the same style.
- Carpet has a durability rating assigned to it by the manufacturers, heavy-duty carpets usually cost slightly less than extra heavy-duty carpets.
2. Carpet and Underlay
When you are choosing your new carpet, you’ll need to choose what kind of underlay is installed underneath your carpet, for residential carpet installs the most popular choices are 10mm or 11mm. The thicker underlay, the softer your carpet will feel from the underlays cushioning effect.
Read more about underlay on our FAQ’s page here
3. Uplift and Removal
The first thing our carpet layers do when replacing the carpet is to get rid of the old stuff! One way you can reduce carpet installation costs for yourself is to help with floor preparation. The first step is to remove and dispose of the existing carpet and underlay. Not only will it make it cheaper, but it will also speed up the process of getting your brand-new carpet in!
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The decision of which type of carpet to choose for your home comes down to personal choice. Here we outline the features and benefits of both wool and synthetic carpet.
First things first – we will come and measure the area required for new carpet, at the same time we can give advice on the type of carpet – eg wool or synthetic; price level and colour, and we’ll bring samples for you to choose from.
Cut pile carpet is created when the fibre loops are cut. When the yarn loops are cut, the result is an upright pile (see diagram below) and the ends of the carpet fibre are exposed.