When it comes to your home's flooring, there are a variety of options to choose from. Hardwoods, laminates, tile, and natural stone are all options that have been popular in recent years. Another flooring option that you may want to consider is carpeting. Carpet is soft underfoot and available in a vast array of colors and textures. Finding carpeting that works well for your home is easier than ever with the numerous options currently on the market. Here are three things that you should know about carpeting.

Your Options

The options are endless when it comes to carpet, and there's more to it than just picking out a certain color for your carpeting. Typically, carpet is available as either loop pile or cut pile. Berber is a popular type of loop pile carpet, while Saxony is a popular type of cut pile carpet. Carpeting is also available in various materials such as nylon, polyester, acrylic, wool, triexta, and olefin. The density of the pile, or how densely the yarn of the carpet is packed in, is another thing to consider when looking at your options. 

The Cost

The cost of carpet can vary significantly depending on the size of the area in which you want to have it installed, the type of carpeting you choose, and also the difficulty of installation. The carpet itself will typically range in price between $1 and $11 per square foot. The padding that goes underneath ranges between $.30 and $.60 per square foot. Labor can range between $.50 and $2 per square foot, depending on what's included during installation. Removing the old flooring and hauling it away can add to your total costs. In total, most homeowners pay between $763 and $2,521.

Carpet Lifespan

While carpet can lost longer than you may realize, eventually it will need to be replaced. Staining, wear and tear, and even an increase in allergy symptoms are all signs that it may be time to replace your carpet. Age is also a sign that it's time. The average lifespan for carpeting varies. Inexpensive carpeting typically lasts between 1 and 5 years, mid-range between 5 and 15 years, and high-end between 15 and 25 years on average. It's important to consider the lifespan of your new carpeting before you have it installed.

When it comes to carpet, there are a few things that you should know. First, there are numerous options to choose from when it comes to carpeting. Costs can vary but most homeowners spend at least a few hundred dollars. Lifespan for carpeting can also vary significantly. High-end carpeting will last the longest while mid-range typically lasts between 5 and 15 years.

For more information, work with a local flooring company like Christian's Carpets and Fine Flooring.