Upgrade The Floor: Signs that You Need to Change the Flooring
Nothing lasts forever. It’s the inevitable truth, even for commercial flooring. No matter how much effort is put into caring for your flooring, eventually, it will need to be replaced. But how do you know when it’s time to replace your flooring? Well, the timing depends on your floors. Tile, hardwood, and carpet, and the different types under each of those, come with other shelf lives. The exact time to replace your flooring hinges on several factors, but here are some ways to know when your flooring has seen better days.
Carpet has a broad range of life expectancy. Lower quality carpets (like those in your college apartment) typically last one to five years, while the highest quality carpet averages 15 to 25 years. The longevity of your carpet also depends on how many people live with you, if you frequently entertain, if you’re prone to spills, etc. Though many factors determine how long your carpet will last, there are signs you can look for to know when it’s time to move forward.
With proper care and maintenance, hardwood floors can easily last more than 25 years before even needing major TLC. These floors also have more options than carpet or tile because they can be refinished rather than replaced. If stains cover your floor and you have a few boards that never stop squeaking, you can probably still get by with refinishing. But sometimes, those incredible hardwoods reach the point of no return.
Tile floors have an incredibly long life expectancy – if they’re taken care of. Ceramic tile can easily last 75 to 100 years, while natural stone (like marble or granite) can last well over 100. Tile has the advantage of allowing you to replace a tile or a section if a significant stain or break occurs, but that’s assuming someone still makes the tile you need. If your tile has gone out of production, you may have to replace the entire floor. Whether you’re looking at a single tile, a small section, or an entire floor, here are some things that may indicate it’s time to make a replacement.
Floors aren’t meant to last forever. Whether they’re carpet, hardwood, tile, or something else (like laminate), you could replace your floors because of their looks, their smells, or their more profound issues. If something happens with your floors that could point to foundation problems, make sure to get it checked. Otherwise, whether or not to replace your flooring is really up to you.
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*article by Tamara Lee Ulmer
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