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How Do I Figure Out the True Cost of Installing a New Carpet?

Adriana Aziz
August 17, 2022
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Whether it's new flooring, renovations, or just a change of scenery, carpeting can really add lustre to a room and bring it to life. Be it at home, workspaces, or any indoor space for that matter, carpeting helps add a touch of class to the aesthetic of a room, all the while providing some comfort for your soles, too!

Today, eco-friendly, anti-static, and low-allergen options are among the many types of carpeting available, so it's worth taking some effort to find the right carpet for your needs and, of course, one that will suit your budget. 

Factors That Influence the Cost of Carpet Installation

three different coloured shag carpets being displayed on a light brown wooden floor

There is no one size fits all when it comes to carpet installation costs. The final pricing is calculated based on various factors that affect the overall cost. Therefore, if you want to know how much it costs to install a new carpet, you will typically find approximate rates online with possible add-on costs. 

Here is a look at some of the factors that dictate the cost of installing a new carpet in Australia.

Carpet Material

The type of material or fibre is fundamental for your costing. Depending on whether the material is synthetic or natural, or how well manufactured it is, the quality and cost will vary. 

For a better idea of what to look for when picking your carpet, take a look at these prices of various carpet fibres below:

Polypropylene

This is arguably the cheapest option of the lot. Being a completely synthetic material, it's quite durable and can handle more traffic than most other types of carpet materials. The average cost for polypropylene is between $20 to $40 per square metre.

Nylon

Probably the hardiest of the options, this material, while being far more robust than the rest, is not nearly as expensive as premium options, thus making it quite valuable. Generally, you could expect this to cost within the range of $40 to $50 per square metre.

Sisal, Coir and Seagrass

With more people getting increasingly environmentally conscious, more natural options are being made available in the carpeting and textile industries. Their durability keeps them in fair demand as well. These, however, vary in cost; coir being $45 on average, sisal between $50 and $75, and seagrass approximately $42 per square metre.

Wool

One of the more premium options on the list but can be relatively inexpensive as well. The only caveat here is that it requires regular cleaning and maintenance to prevent staining and wear. Costing can be expected between $50 to $60 per square metre.

Blends

These are potentially the best overall in terms of value-for-money. A combination of wool and nylon applies a good balance of luxury and hardiness - you have the durability of the nylon and the premium feel of the wool, giving you the best of both worlds! Estimates put this material at $125 to $150 a square metre.

Alpaca Wool

Alpaca wool is the premium choice of carpeting here. While seemingly frail, this material is actually a lot more durable than most natural options, and can be cleaned easily as well. Of course, the costing is a bit extreme at approximately $275 a square metre, however, quality is guaranteed.

Carpet Pile

While making your choice for the right carpet material, consider the pile of the fibres when getting your estimate. Note that the pile is the manner in which the fibres are woven.

Here are some of the best options to choose from: 

Cut Pile

Cut pile refers to fibres that stand upright in a loop at the end. Some of these types include plush, twist, and frieze, which you can learn more about below:

  1. Plush: With a shorter and gentler twist, it generally provides a more luxurious feel. The only downside here is that vacuuming and footprints can leave behind indent marks on the carpet.
  2. Twist: Stronger twisting with this weave leads to a smoother, hardier surface for the carpet. This is less likely to show indents even with a lot of foot traffic.
  3. Frieze: A shaggier look thanks to the longer fibres, this particular style is reminiscent of 60s and 70s carpeting. Unlike the carpeting from back then though, modern frieze pile carpet is generally more durable and will not flatten easily.

    Loop Pile

The loop pile provides a tighter, and more durable finish, making it more suited for high traffic areas as marks and indents don’t show. A tighter weave also means the carpet can be cleaned and maintained more easily.

Combination

With cut and loop alongside each other in the weave, it gets the best of both worlds while you can even make a texture or pattern in the carpet for more visual appeal. Although loop and cut pile combinations tend to be more affordable, they can get fairly expensive with their unique designs.

Carpet Laying Services and Their Costs

handyman wearing blue overalls installing new white carpet next to a white brick wall

Most professional carpet layer services can be acquired through the carpet suppliers themselves. They will either offer the service on their own, or put you in contact with a 3rd party provider instead. 

That said, regardless of where you acquire the service, there are a few things to consider before getting a written estimate:

  • Are they truly qualified, licenced, and insured for the job
  • Confirmation from their references to ensure that they are trustworthy
  • Proof of completed projects to understand the quality of their work
  • Approximate time duration for the project

When you request the estimate from the service provider, note that generally, the underlay and installation itself will be included in the quote you receive; however, there may be no mention of the following:

  • Old carpet removal, furniture removal, and even floor cleaning and preparation may all incur additional costs if not included. Similarly, stairs, being more tedious to work with, can drive up the costs of laying carpet. Therefore, one should confirm these details with the provider beforehand.
  • Since the charges are based on square metre for the material itself, expect the installation to be charged the same way. On average, depending on your provider and the material in question, you should be charged between $20 to $60 per square metre.

While you should rely on a written estimate from your provider, this is a general idea of the kind of costing you'll see based on the job:

  • With the average size of an Australian bedroom being about 9 square metres, carpeting may cost about $350 for the entire room.
  • Based on the same logic, since the average size of an Australian home is about 180 square metres, the cost could be approximately $6500 for the entire house.

Whatever carpet material you end up purchasing, or the cost of carpet installation you bear, always keep in mind that carpet maintenance will make your investment worthwhile in the long run! Regular vacuuming, spot-cleaning, and even the occasional deep clean with the help of a professional carpet cleaning service, can all help prevent the carpet from wearing out too quickly while ensuring that it looks, feels, and smells good!

Adriana Aziz is the operations manager at MaidForYou. With over 6 years of experience managing cleaning operations, she knows all the best hacks when it comes to cleaning residential and commercial buildings. With expert experience in managing house cleaning operations, interior design and logistics. She spends her free time with her family and as a freelance food critic.

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