How Heavy Is A Roll Of Carpet? (Facts!)

If you are considering replacing your current carpet or planning to buy a new one, this article will inform you about how heavy you’ll find a roll of carpet. You’ll also learn some other tips to determine other dimensions of a carpet.

A carpet roll’s weight depends on more than one factor. Not to mention, the wide variety of carpets available means that they’ll differ in length and width. Consequently, their sizes will vary from each other. Here’s how heavy a roll of carpet is.

An average carpet roll weighs between 0.5 and 2.2 pounds per square foot. The main factors that determine a carpet roll’s weight are its thickness, density, and the type of fabric it has.

How Much Does a Full Roll of Carpet Weigh?

Most companies that make carpets have fixed widths in full rolls ranging from 12 feet to 15 feet. For most carpets, the standard size of the width is usually 12 feet.

For a carpet that is 30-feet-long and 12 feet wide, the weight will be between 60 to 330 pounds. Considering the thickness and fabric of the carpet, the weight can even go as high as 650 pounds.

The total weight of a carpet roll includes both the carpet pile and backing but what we call the face weight of the carpet is only the weight of the pile. Carpet weight is usually measured on a per square yard basis and in ounces as well.

Mostly, weight reveals the quality of the carpet and the fabric. As higher face weight proves the superior or higher quality and lower face weight proves to be of lower quality. But, other factors such as fabric and dimensions should not be completely avoided when determining a carpet roll’s weight.

The face weight of the carpet roll is directly proportional to the quality because of the amount of yarn used in it. The more yarn a carpet roll has, the heavier it will be. When buying a carpet roll, here’s why the weight and its heaviness is the most important.

More yarn subsequently means that the carpet will go a long way in saving you from any additional charges of repairs and changes in a couple of years. Face weight of lower than 30 ounces indicates low quality and that carpet will only last for about 3 to 7 years.

 On the other hand, a carpet weighing 40 ounces or more will go a long way. It will last around 10 to 12 years, or even more. Naturally, nobody expects to change their carpet every 5 years. People buy carpets as a long-term investment. Hence, they usually try to buy the best one with superior quality, expecting it to last more than 10 years. Obviously, not everyone can make such a significant purchase every other year.

The following chart represents how much a carpet roll weighs in pounds per square foot:  

Weight lb./sq. ft.Roll weight in lb. (width x length)Roll weight in lb. (width x length)Roll weight in lb. (width x length)Roll weight in lb. (width x length)
lb / sq.ft12 ft. x 70 ft.12 ft. x 85 ft.12 ft. x 100 ft.12 ft. x 115 ft.

How Do You Calculate the Weight of a Carpet?

The face weight of a carpet is usually defined by carpet dealers as the number of ounces per square yard that is attached to the backing. This measurement does not determine the density of a carpet because a long dense pile can have the same weight as a short, thickly-stitched pile.

The actual weight of a carpet can be measured by measuring the per square yard weight of a carpet and combining it with the weight of its backing. If you already have a carpet installed, calculating its weight would be very easy.

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how you can measure your carpet’s actual weight.

Step 1

First, you need an extra scrap of carpet leftover from the time of installation. If the installation was a few years ago, you may be able to find it. But if it’s a long time ago, you can go to the carpet dealer and tell them your brand and if they have any pieces left.

Step 2

Place the leftover piece on plywood or a metal surface so you can cut it with a utility knife. Turn it over so you can see the backing. Measure a 12-by-12 square, marking it with a pen.

Step 3

Cut out the measured square foot piece with a sharp and straight knife.

Step 4

Measure the square foot of carpet by placing it on a scale to get the weight in ounces. If you multiply this number by 3 you will get the number of ounces per square foot. If the number exceeds 16, convert it into pounds (16 ounces per pound). The resulting number is how much your carpet weighs.

How Much Does a Roll of Carpet Pad Weighs?

Carpet pads are very important when buying a carpet because it is directly proportional to how your carpet will look and feel on your floor. The average weight of carpet padding for residential use falls between 5 to 10 pounds typically. If you want a softer carpet, you need to reduce the weight of padding attached to it. Generally, 6-pound carpet padding will offer more cushioning than a carpet that has 8-pound padding.

Coming towards the weight of a carpet roll, you can expect its weight to be between 20 to 40 ounces per square yard. This weight depends on the size and the manufacturer of your padding as well but generally, one can expect its weight to be around 25 ounces per square yard.

How Long Is a Roll of Carpet?

Carpet rolls have a standard width of 12 to 15 feet. You might rarely find a carpet roll that is 13.5 feet wide but that is very uncommon. There are no standard lengths but in most cases, they are usually enough to cover most homes.  That’s because most houses have the same room area, more or less.

However, if your room is larger than the standard size, you can always contact your carpet manufacturer to help you with your desired size.

We hope this guide was helpful for you to know how much a carpet roll weighs.