How to Know When it’s Time to Replace Your Flooring

Your floor is a hard worker, probably the hardest one in the house. They bear the brunt of all our movement, and all our spilling accidents. They endure the movement of furniture, and the chaos of our last dance party.

The question many of us tend to forget to ask ourselves is: how long will our flooring last before it needs to retire?

It’s an important one to ask, and here are the signs for each type of flooring:

  • Carpet

The cheapest and most common type of flooring, carpet is a staple in most households. However, this material doesn’t last very long. The best carpets may last as long as 10 years, but few will stand  past that.

The main culprits for carpet replacements are stains or shredding. One good tell-tale sign of the end times is when you’re no longer able to get stains off of the carpet. The worst stains usually come from bleach or wine, even our four-legged friends. But, it’s when those stains reach the padding below that the real problems begin.

Yep, that includes bad smells.

Over the years, wear and tear can be an irreversible menace. When those tears graduate to full-blown rips, that’s a good sign your carpet has lived through its golden years – and it’s not coming back. If deep-cleaning can’t solve your problems, then it’s time for a new carpet.

  • Tile

One of the coolest things about tile is its longevity. These babies can last a lifetime if properly maintained. Broken tiles can always be replaced, and unseemly grout can always be excavated and replenished.

The major problem is that style changes, but tiles don’t. Because they last so long, future buyers may not be down with that gold-yellow shower wall. Color isn’t the only concern – vintage tiles can seriously clash with every other item in the bathroom.

And, while the tiles themselves may be invincible, cocking and other membranes definitely are not. While easily replaceable, bad membranes can lead to an uneven distribution of weight along your tile floor. The result is continuously cracking tiles.

  • Wood

Wood is by far the best option for long-term use. Whenever the wood gets worn, you can simply sand it down and refinish it at relatively low cost. Usually it costs between $ and $7 per square foot to refinish wood flooring.

Even then, wood doesn’t wear easily. The biggest concern you’ll have is seasonal warping due to temperature changes. IF your wood was installed properly, however, the floor should be fine for many years to come.

If the day does come when the wood is too worn, or the wood didn’t survive the humidity of the summer because mold has taken over beneath it, then you’re best off replacing it with laminate or engineered hardwood rather than carpet. Carpet will lower the value of your home if switched to from hardwood.

  • Laminate

Thin laminate gets very noticeable towards the end of its life. When it starts to peel upwards or wrinkle, that’s a clear sign that you’re due for new floor. The cause could be a loss of the adhesive material as a result of unseen water damage or old age.

Laminate flooring could last anywhere between 10 to 15 years, depending on maintenance and whether you have in-floor radiant heating.


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