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Carpeting is popular in bedrooms, family rooms, basements, and children’s playrooms. It comes in many colors, fibers, and styles and is often soft and warm. For those who want a fairly durable carpet that is water and stain-resistant while remaining soft to the touch, polyester carpeting makes a good choice.
Polyester carpets fall into several categories. Older polyester carpets are stain-resistant, soft, and inexpensive. Newer polyester carpets are made from recycled materials, such as water bottles, making them a more costly but greener solution that is soft and stain-resistant. Polyester can be found in most types of carpeting and a range of colors, including bold colors that are difficult to find in other fibers.
The national average cost of polyester carpeting is $800 to $1,200, with most people paying around $950 for 200 sq.ft. of PET polyester in a Saxony carpet. This project’s low cost is $600 for 200 sq.ft. of basic polyester in a Berber-style carpet. The high cost is $1,400 for 200 sq.ft. of PET polyester in a plush-style carpet with a pattern.
Like most materials, polyester carpets come in different quality levels, which can impact durability and cost. Below are the average costs for 200 sq.ft. of polyester carpeting.
Polyester Carpet Costs
|Polyester Carpet Cost (Material Only)||$300 - $500||$600 - $800||$800 - $1,200|
|Polyester Carpet Installation Cost (Labor Only)||$150 - $200||$200 - $250||$300 - $400|
|Total Costs||$450 - $700||$800 - $1,050||$1,100 - $1,600|
|Polyester Carpet Cost per Sq.Ft.||$2.25 - $3.50||$4.00 - $5.25||$5.50 - $8.00|
Polyester carpets are made from plastic, meaning they are moisture-resistant and can be spun in various ways to create soft carpet fibers in several styles. Polyester is solution-dyed, meaning it can be found in many bright colors. It can also be stain-resistant.
Basic polyester carpets are made out of older polyester formulas from the 1970s. They are soft, colorful, and inexpensive but not highly durable. They make a good choice for basements and children’s playrooms.
Newer polyester carpets are made of PET (polyethylene 1 terephthalate) polyester. This material is made from recycled plastic, such as water bottles. It is much greener and a good insulator. It can also produce thicker carpets, with slightly better quality. Most better-quality polyester carpets are made of PET polyester, with a few being made of PTT polyester - a cousin of triexta carpets. These are most likely found in longer fibers like shag carpets and carpets with varying patterns.
No matter how good the quality, polyester is not as good as nylon or triexta for heavy wear. It can crush and does not hold up as long as other fibers.
Polyester carpets typically last between 5 and 10 years. PET polyester tends to last longer than the basic types.
Nylon is the better material. It is more durable and lasts longer. However, polyester is moisture-resistant, making it the better choice for basements.
Polyester is stain-resistant and does not absorb liquids like urine, making it a good choice for pets.
Polyester is warm and soft, making it a good choice for bedrooms.