Industrial Carpet Costs

Industrial carpeting refers to carpets that are used in an industrial, or commercial, setting. These carpets differ from carpets used for home, or domestic, purposes as they must be able to withstand a much higher rate of use. Depending on the industry within which they are used, carpets may either need to withstand a high level of foot traffic, dirt, machinery or a combination of these and other extreme uses. Industrial carpets must thus be made of more resilient materials, this means that industrial carpet costs are – as a general – somewhat higher than those of domestic carpets, but for good reason.

Different Carpets, Different Price

The cost of your carpet will depend on a several factors, but the most important ones are the size of the area (industrial carpet installers will more often than not offer bulk pricing, whereby the cost per square metre will decrease with the size of your order) and the type of carpet required. The most common material for industrial-grade carpets to be made out of is nylon (or polyamides), as it is inexpensive whilst still offeringoutstanding wear characteristics and longevity. However, it does stain easily. Other commonly used materials include polypropylene, acrylic, polyester and wool.

Industrial Carpet Cost Examples

To give you an idea of the cost of industrial carpets, let’s take a look at price variations for the most common type of industrial carpet: Nylon (which accounts for an estimate 90% of the market). As mentioned above, the price will vary on the sort of treatment the carpet is expected to withstand, and to showcase this point we will look at a cheaper and a more expensive carpet, and how they differ.

The Cheaper Carpet

The cheaper carpet, which would cost you in the area of £11-13 depending on the quantity you order, has the following statistics:

  • Total thickness: 6mm
  • Surface pile thickness: 2.7mm
  • Total weight: 4306 g/m2
  • Surface pile weight: 305g/m2
  • Surface pile density: 0.112g/cm3
  • Number of tufts: 168,000/m2

The More Expensive Carpet

Now, let’s compare this to a more expensive nylon carpet, priced around £20-24 once again depending on order size:

  • Total thickness: 8mm
  • Surface pile thickness: 5mm
  • Total weight: 4955 g/m2
  • Surface pile weight: 1050g/m2
  • Surface pile density: 0.151g/cm3
  • Number of tufts: 181,102/m2

The Comparison

As can be seen, the more expensive industrial carpet has a considerably higher pile density; while this makes the carpet heavier, but also ensures that the wear is divided between a higher number of tufts, thus decreasing the visible wear of the carpet. Moreover, it has a higher surface pile thickness, which not only helps with wear, but also gives the carpet a more luxurious feel when compared to the cheaper carpet. In terms of industrial carpet costs, then, price is a factor which is determined by the expected level use of most of all, but also the material of the carpet. Nylon offers the most bang for your buck, and this is why it has become by far the most common material used for industrial carpets.