If you're renovating a commercial space, the costs can mount up quickly. One of the costs most often overlooked is carpet installation: many installers provide an all-in-one quote to supply and install, without tailoring the quote to your particular site conditions.
In many cases, however, it can be possible to save thousands of dollars on installing new carpet, if you know what to consider.
4 Biggest Costs When Installing Carpet
Floor covering itself is going to be one of the most significant costs in a commercial renovation. You could reduce costs by selecting a less expensive carpet, but it likely won't last as well, look as good, or create the same quality of interior environment as a more expensive option. Simply stated, you really do get what you pay for.
With that in mind, let's take a look at the other big installation costs.
2) Floor Preparation
A typical flooring installation involves a great deal of floor prep:
- Adhesive removal (typical cost: $2.25/sq. ft.)
A labor-intensive process aimed at mitigating the risk of an adverse reaction between new flooring and traces of adhesive leftover from the previous installation, as well as making sure lumps and bumps aren't visible through new carpet. Typically, this involves manually grinding away the old adhesive or encapsulating it in a non-reactive layer.
- Floor leveling (typical cost: $2.25/sq. ft.)
When you remove old flooring you may discover imperfections in the subfloor, or else the adhesive will leave behind lumps and bumps, creating an uneven surface. Many flooring installers apply a skim coating to the subfloor to create a smooth and level surface to install new flooring.
- Moisture testing - many manufacturers require subfloor moisture testing before installation, as their products are only warranted up to specified relative humidity (RH) and pH levels.
3) Moisture Mitigation
Depending on the results of moisture testing, you may require moisture mitigation processes. However, many installers are incorporating moisture mitigation into their quotes as a standard - regardless of your installation site or flooring type. The most common - and effective - process is to seal the floor with a two-part epoxy, at the cost of around $54 per square yard.
4) Business Downtime
One commonly overlooked cost associated with installing new flooring is the business downtime needed to complete the work. If extensive floor prep is required, your business can be out-of-action for weeks. Time spent clearing rooms, removing old flooring, preparing the space, installing the carpet, and returning the furniture to its place adds up, taking its toll on your business.
How to Reduce Commercial Carpet Installation Costs
The best way to reduce flooring installation costs is to challenge the standard installation process that you're quoted. Your carpet selection can render some processes unnecessary, offering significant time, labor, and cost savings.
Select Flooring with a Non-Reactive Backing
If you select non-reactive flooring, coupled with a non-reactive adhesive, then you mitigate the risk of chemical incompatibility between products. This means you don't need to worry about removing traces of residual adhesive or encapsulating the subfloor - offering substantial savings in time and labor.
Pick a Moisture Vapor-Wicking Carpet
Carpet with open-cell cushion backing allows moisture vapor to travel out of the subfloor, through the carpet, and evaporate away without causing any moisture problems. Unlike the majority of moisture mitigation solutions, which work by suppressing the effects of moisture and trapping it in the subfloor, moisture vapor-wicking carpet actually removes moisture vapor - the root cause of subfloor moisture problems.
This means you don't need to carry out moisture testing or paying for costly moisture mitigation processes - saving up to $54 per square yard.
Choose Modular Carpet Tiles
Modular carpet tiles allow you to take a piecemeal approach to installation, doing one room at a time rather than your entire space at once. It's also easier to install in and around furniture - with broadloom carpet, the room needs to be cleared ahead of installation, whereas there are methods of installing carpet tiles where you can simply lift furniture and install tiles directly underneath.
All of this allows you can keep your business running close to normal, even while installation new flooring, moving furniture, and clearing rooms at the end of the day, as needed.