Flooring and Carpeting/Vinyl Flooring



Is is better to purchase carpet or vinyl flooring by the square foot or square yard?

I thank you for your reply.

First, understand that a square yard is equal to 9 square feet (3' x 3' = 9 sq ft). So, if you are looking at a roll of carpet or vinyl that says, 1.67 a square foot or 15.03 a square yard, the amount you will pay is the same: 9 x 1.67 = 15.03. So whether you buy it by the sq foot or sq yard does not matter.
However, if you are looking at the same carpet at two different stores and one is pricing it by the square foot and the other by the square yard, you need to multiply the sq foot price by 9 to see if one is cheaper than the other. For example, if one is 1.67 a square foot and the other is 14.99 a square yard, then the latter is the better deal.  

Years ago carpet and vinyl were sold by the square yard, now they are mostly sold by the square foot. Why? Simple answer. Because of pricing. Square foot pricing (1' x 1') is less than a square yard (3' x 3') pricing.

Also remember, whether you purchase it by the square yard or by the square foot you will be purchasing it in terms of the width the product comes in. If you walked into a carpet store you cannot purchase a 3' x 3' piece of carpet off of a 12' roll and expect to only pay for one square yard. If you ordered one square yard of carpet off of a 12' roll you would get a strip of carpet 9" wide x 144" (12') long. And a square foot of carpet off of a 12' roll is one inch wide.

Hope this helps!  

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Certified Installer 1966-1976, Certified Carpet Cleaning Instructor 1976-1985, Certified Commercial and Residential Floor Inspector since 1985 is available to answer questions on problems with carpet or other flooring, and carpet cleaning. I can guide you as to whether you may have a valid claim against a manufacturer/installer/dealer/cleaning company.


Floor covering Installer 1966-1976 Carpet Cleaning Instructor 1976-1985 Floor Covering Inspector 1985- present

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B.S. Chemistry 1971 A.S. Physical Science 1969 Armstrong Certified Installer 1972 3M Certified Carpet Cleaning Specialist 1976 FCITS Certified in Carpet and Hard Surface, Commercial and Residential

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