How Long Does Carpet Last?

How Long Does Carpet Last?

If you’ve ever wondered how long does carpet last, you are not alone.  When families try to decide what type of flooring to have installed in a room, that’s one of the most frequent questions our Design Consultants get.  Let The Carpet Guys help you understand by reading on.

What Matters for Carpet Longevity

hand on tan cut carpet fibers

There are many factors that go into the length of time a carpet will last.  Here are the most important components:

  1. The type of carpet
  2. Carpet padding
  3. Carpet fibers
  4. Wear and tear it is exposed to

Carpet Type

When choosing a carpet, the type is important for helping the flooring last.  A long, cut fiber will show matting and collect dirt quicker than a low-pile style.  Make sure to select a type that has dense face weight. The higher the density number, the better your carpet will perform.


Once a type of flooring has been selected, the next detail is the padding.  Cushion is what protects the carpet backing from rubbing on the subfloor and causing deterioration. It’s also what helps protect the covering from foot-fall traffic and creates a sort of soundproofing. Choose a pad that’s dense and appropriate for the type of flooring selected because a too thick option can damage some styles.  Most residential products require a 7/16-inch pad but the denser the material, the longer it will last.


Not all fibers are created equal.  There are natural and man-made materials in different flooring styles. One of the most durable types of fibers is nylon.  Though not all nylon styles are created equal.  Like most things, it’s important to upgrade to a durable and stain-resistant nylon fiber if looking for longevity. Another great fiber for durability is Smartstrand or Triexta.  This is a better stain resistant fiber than nylon but has an almost similar ability for prolonging the life of the flooring.

Wear and Tear

One of the hardest elements of knowing how long carpet will last is the wear and tear on the flooring.  Keep in mind that floors in a guest bedroom that isn’t used very often is going to last longer than a hallway or stairs.  Another problem to consider is if there are children or pets in the household.  The amount of dirt tracked in can cause premature matting of the flooring fibers.

Obviously, the best way to find flooring that will last is to purchase from a reputable dealer and have it installed properly.  If you’re looking for amazing American-made products that will last you more than 5-10 years, call The Carpet Guys.  We will send our professional Design Consultant to your home with many of our nylon or Smartstrand styles.  They can help you choose a high face-weight style, and we carry an impressive dense Memory Foam padding for underneath.  Call now at 855-4-MY-GUYS (855-469-4897) or click HERE to schedule a free in-home estimate.  Another way to make sure your carpet will endure is to maintain your warranty with proper cleaning and care.  For more information read our blog: The Top 4 Ways to Maintain Your Carpet Warranty or you can check out The Carpet and Rug Institute for other carpet care instructions.

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