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Old 11-20-2010, 07:17 PM
 
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I've been looking online and was looking for just an average cost per square foot in having carpet installed in my home. I know it varies by type, but was wondering if there was an average price. I want to justify just putting carpet, rather than placing wood or laminate in the living room. Since I have 2 pets, I'm seriously thinking of just recarpeting. So to summarize:

Does anyone know that cost per square foot to buy and install carpet?

If anyone has laminate wood flooring and pets, does the wood flooring really get scratched up that bad? If so, how long did it last for you?

Thanks for your input!
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Old 11-20-2010, 07:24 PM
 
Location: The Greater Houston Metro Area
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Cats or dogs? It makes a difference.
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Old 11-20-2010, 07:25 PM
 
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Ah, that would help! I have one mini dachshund and a dalmatian.
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Old 11-20-2010, 08:35 PM
 
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Big dogs can be tough on wood. Try Lumber Liquidators off 290. I think they have carpet, also - and the prices are good. You can make a price comparison by using the same square footage. Some of the laminates hold up well with dogs.
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Old 11-20-2010, 09:13 PM
 
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I've been looking online and was looking for just an average cost per square foot in having carpet installed in my home. I know it varies by type, but was wondering if there was an average price. I want to justify just putting carpet, rather than placing wood or laminate in the living room. Since I have 2 pets, I'm seriously thinking of just recarpeting. So to summarize:

Does anyone know that cost per square foot to buy and install carpet?

If anyone has laminate wood flooring and pets, does the wood flooring really get scratched up that bad? If so, how long did it last for you?

Thanks for your input!
We recently did some cost comparison with my friends, flippers.
Basic carpet = $1-2 per sq ft of carpet + $0.5-1.0 foam backing + pickets = $2-3 per sq ft total

You can get laminate flooring for about that much. Or engineered flooring for $3-4. Or even hardwood/bamboo for $3 and up on sale and craigslist.

If your concern is scratches from your pets, I would consider:
- install a laminate and keep extra in case you need to remove a few boards. Since it is easy to do it.
- install light colors since the scratches are not as visible
- put a rug/carpet on top. As an option, you can buy a piece of carpeting with rubber backing and overlock the edges. And it will look just as well on a hardwood as placed straight. But the benefit is that you can roll it and clean it at any given moment. But it will cost you two times as much (a layer of laminate and a layer of rollable carpet)
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Old 11-20-2010, 11:25 PM
 
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Thanks for the pricing. I figured carpet installs was around $2sqft. I'm thinking of recarpeting in the bedrooms and living room. Ceramic tile in the bathrooms (previous owner had carpet!), kitchen and foyer. Laminate in the dining. However, altogether it seems pricey. So much to do in getting a new home, and I still have to paint!
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Old 11-22-2010, 02:37 PM
 
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I've been looking online and was looking for just an average cost per square foot in having carpet installed in my home. I know it varies by type, but was wondering if there was an average price. I want to justify just putting carpet, rather than placing wood or laminate in the living room. Since I have 2 pets, I'm seriously thinking of just recarpeting. So to summarize:

Does anyone know that cost per square foot to buy and install carpet?

If anyone has laminate wood flooring and pets, does the wood flooring really get scratched up that bad? If so, how long did it last for you?

Thanks for your input!
Carpet? Laminate?
No no no.

Get tile, real wood. Do it right. Pet friendly too.
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Old 11-22-2010, 07:26 PM
 
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Carpet? Laminate?
No no no.

Get tile, real wood. Do it right. Pet friendly too.
I second the tile (check the varieties). If laminate is not an option, I would rather use engineered wood (it does not curve like a regular wood) or bamboo.
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Old 11-27-2010, 02:33 AM
 
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Thanks for all the responses. I'm going to stick with Tile in kitchen, bathrooms and foyer. real wood in the formal dining and probably carpet in living and bedrooms for now.
Just for everyone to know, the average quote I got for carpet (no frills type) was $1/sqft. Installing Wood flooring was $2.99/sqft (I buy supplies) and tile was the same. Removal of old flooring was .75/sqft. If anyone knows of lower prices, let me know!
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Old 11-27-2010, 10:52 AM
 
Location: Houston, TX (Oak Forest)
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What part of Houston are you in? The handyman I use for all my small jobs just did a couple rooms in one of my rentals in laminate for $1.50 sq. ft.
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