Berber Carpet Prices
Berber carpet prices range wildly. It’s important to know why. In a perfect world, the prices will reflect the quality of the carpet. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Knowing approximate ranges for prices and what characteristics legitimately affect the price is important as you shop for carpet for a few reasons.
Flooring is such a big investment that even “small” differences in square foot prices, can be a big difference in how much you pay on your invoice. As an example, if you’re flooring your whole house, let’s say you have an option of purchasing carpet for $3 or $3.50 a square foot. Doesn’t sound like a big difference, but it may make the difference in a $3,000 final bill vs $3,500. I’m sure there’s a lot of things you can do with $500.
The point of this example is knowing the prices of Berber gives you power. You’re not clueless about what you should be paying. It also gives you a good starting point for budgeting.
Pricing based on fiber
The fiber used to construct Berber carpet is the biggest contributor to the carpets characteristics. Expect it to also be the biggest contributor to the price. If you’re confused on why this is the case, check out our articles on different Berber carpet fibers. It will help explain the prices.
Wool Berber carpet prices: $10 sq. ft., $100 sq. yard
Nylon Berber carpet prices: $4 sq. ft., $36 sq. yard
Polyester Berber carpet prices: $2.00 sq. ft., $18 sq. yard
Olefin Berber carpet prices: $1.50 sq. ft., $14 sq. yard
Consumer Alert: The prices quoted above are very general, ballpark estimates. The primary intention of listing the prices is to give consumers a sense of the pricing trends between the different fibers of carpet. Many other factors go into the pricing of Berber carpet. Read below for more information.
Face weight is also a big contributing factor to a Berber carpet’s price. Face weight is the number of ounces of fiber per square yard. In other words, it’s a measure of how much carpet you are actually getting. If one carpet has a 20 ounce face weight (very low amount) and another has a 40 ounce face weight, you will receive twice the amount of carpet fiber for the same area with the 40 oz variety. You likely won’t be able to get an idea of the face weight of the Berber carpet purely by eyeballing it. It should be listed in the carpet’s description. If not, ask a sales representative. A face weight of at least 35 oz is preferred. Expect greater prices with greater weight. In most cases, the price difference is well worth it (within reason).
Consumer Alert: There is also a measure called the “total weight”. This includes the backing of the carpet and is of little significance. However, some salesman have been known to tell consumers the total weight. They might say “This is a 60-ounce carpet for ‘x’ dollars.” Make sure they confirm that they are referring to the face weight.
Other important factors
Other measures of durability: Density is another important factor of the carpet. It refers to the closeness of the fibers at the base of the carpet. High density can make up for a lower face weight. The twist level can be important as well. A carpet with more twists will hold together better. Sometimes you may not have all of this information. The lesson here is to take a look at the big picture. Don’t let the salesman suck you in with one impressive statistic.
Extra Berber Carpet: Carpet is cut in standard widths, usually 12 feet. Usually a room is not exactly 12 feet wide, leaving the installer with extra carpet. To determine the exact amount of excess Berber carpet, you could do all of the math. However, we like to use 10% as a time (and brain) saving rule of thumb. In other words, you can add 10% to the amount of carpet you will have to purchase to cover your home or room.
Another factor to consider is Berber carpets with patterns are more difficult to match. The installer will want extra carpet to make sure he or she has pieces to match. You’ll want to add about 10% for pattern matching. Overall, expect to buy about 20% more Berber carpet than the square footage of your home or room.
Carpet padding and installation: If you have a budget, make sure to leave room for the carpet padding and installation. The price will vary considerably. Padding often costs between the $0.30 to $0.60 per square foot. Installation costs fall in line with most labor costs in your area. You may come across free or very cheap installation costs with a carpet purchase. This is fine, but keep in mind, nothing is truly free. This marketing ploy most likely means you are paying more for the carpet materials to cover the installation cost.
Find the best deal
Make sure to check multiple distributors before making your investment. The prices vary considerably. Hopefully, after reading this article, you’ll be able to know what you should be paying for, leading to a good purchasing decision. Many retailers, especially smaller carpet outlets, are willing to negotiate on price to keep up with competitors. If you’ve seen a cheaper price on the internet but want to do business with your local carpet store, mention this to them. They might be willing to offer you a better deal (keep in mind, smaller stores have more costs and matching internet prices is most likely unrealistic, but the difference in cost may be more than made up for in customer service). Good luck price hunting!