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Take my free Carpet Foot Traffic Test* to help determine What Grade of Carpet you should select to meet your needs, goals, lifestyle and budget. 


You can't choose new carpet wisely unless you select a carpet that is capable of withstanding your own unique level of foot-traffic you have in your home. 


This is why I have created my own simple test that you can quickly and easily take to help determine your level of foot-traffic you have in your home based on several important and key variables. 


It's not a scientific test, just based on my own knowledge and experience after 30+ years in the carpet business. I think you will find it a very useful tool and hopefully it will help you make wise and informed carpet buying choices.



Carpet Foot-Traffic Test Directions:


To determine your Carpet Foot-Traffic Score, answer the following 6 questions carefully and then add up all your points to determine your Foot-Traffic Score:



1. How many adults live in your home?


  • Each adult                  (add 5 points for each adult)



2. Do you have young children, teenagers or pets?


  • Each Child under 13   (add 4 points for each child)

  • Each Teenager            (add 6 points for each teen)

  • Each Small pet            (add 3 points each small pet)

  • Each large pet             (add 6 points each large pet)



3. Do you entertain or have grandchildren?


  • No                                          (add  0 points)

  • Entertain occasionally            (add 2 points)

  • Entertain often                        (add 6 points)

  • Grandchildren seldom            (add 3 points)

  • Grandchildren often                (add 6 points)



4. How often do you vacuum thoroughly? 


  • Never                                      (add  25 points)

  • Once  a week                          (add  6 points)

  • Twice a week                          (add  3 points)

  • Three times a week                 (add  1 points)

  • Everyday                                 (add  0 points)



5. How often do you have your carpets professionally cleaned?


  • Once a year                          (add 2 points)

  • Every other year                   (add 0 points)

  • Every third year                    (add 4 points)

  • Never                                    (add  25 points)



6. How big is your home?


  • 1000 square feet                (add 8 points)

  • 1500 sf.                              (add 6 points)

  • 2000 sf.                              (add 4 points)

  • 2500+ sf.                            (add 2 points)




Now Add Up Your Points!


10 to 24 points  =  Low Traffic


25 to 34 points  =  Medium Traffic


35 to 44 points  =  Moderate Traffic


45 points & up  =  Heavy Traffic




Now that you have a better idea about your own unique Level of Foot-Traffic you have... Let's see how much you might need to spend to get the right grade of carpet you require for your home based on how long you want your new carpet to last...



Alan's Carpet Cost vs. Longevity Chart


 Obviously, the more you spend, the better the grade of carpet you can get. If you spend too little, your carpet might wear out faster than you expect. Spend too much and you are wasting money needlessly.


Information and prices shown below reflect approximately how long a typical Residential-Grade Carpet might last, based on the level of foot-traffic YOU have in YOUR home. 



Typical cost for carpet material only is shown below. Padding & Installation is extra. 

Estimated Cost Per 

Square Yard / Square Foot

Low Foot Traffic

Medium Traffic

Moderate Traffic

Heavy Foot Traffic

Carpet Last 5 Years

$15 / 1.66

$20 / 2.22

$25 / 2.78

$30 / 3.33

Carpet Last 10 Years

$20 / 2.22

$25 / 2.78

$30 / 3.33

$35 / 3.88

Carpet Last 15 Years

$25 / 2.78

$30 / 3.33

$35 / 3.88

$40 / 4.44

Carpet Last 20 Years

$30 / 3.33

$35 / 3.88

$40 / 4.44

$45 / 5.00


Learn more about Carpet Installation Cost.


Carpet cost, Carpet durability, carpet prices, carpet specifications, what grade of carpet, how to buy carpet, carpet foot traffic test.



More Key Info...


Obviously, spending just $15 per yard on new carpet won't get you the highest quality. However, if you have low foot-traffic you still can get many years of use from an inexpensive carpet if you take good care of it. 


On the other hand, if you buy the highest quality carpet and don't take care of it, it will certainly wear out faster than you hope. Proper Carpet care and maintenance can greatly extend your carpet's life span. 


Visit my Carpet Care Guide to learn smart ways to help make your carpet last years longer.


Most homeowners experience some degree of "sticker shock" when they discover how much new carpet is going to cost. You might need to save up more money before you purchase new carpet or perhaps you might consider completing your new carpet project in two or more stages. However, you should never settle for a lower grade of carpet that cannot handle your level of foot traffic! Rather do your carpet replacement in two or more stages. What makes one carpet better than another? 


Learn more about how to Compare Carpets




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