When Should You Replace Your Flooring?

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Replace Floors

It doesn’t matter if it’s a high traffic area or low traffic area the floors in your home receive the most wear and tear of all your home surfaces. Spills, pet claws, sliding furniture, and sweepers are daily tests to the durability and finish of every floor in your home. Considering the daily wear and tear they endure, it’s only a matter of time before you will need to replace them. The question is, when?

Carpet

At some point, no matter how much you clean your carpet it won’t bounce back to a like-new condition. This can be a result of sun bleaching, spilled wine, pet accidents, or other severe stains. Even if your carpet is stain free, wear, tear, and matting comes with time. After about ten years of daily use, even the best rug will show its age, and the only way to fix it is to replace your carpet

Tile

Tile is great. It comes in many different sizes, shapes, and styles. Plus, it can last for decades. You can clean grout to remove stains and replace any broken tiles. At some point, though, companies stop making the style of tile in your home. Or the grout becomes so discolored from stains or mildew that even the most robust cleaners can’t remove the stains. It’s at that point when replacing your tile becomes your only option.

Stone and Marble Flooring

Marble floors can last for years. The most significant risk facing stone flooring is flooding, staining, and poor care. If it’s well-sealed and regularly washed with the right cleaner, it can last for generations. However, if age or improper maintenance leaves the floor unsightly or dingy, the only way to fix it is to replace it.

Laminate/Vinyl

Laminate flooring is durable, attractive, and easy to install, It can last for years, but once you start to see cracking or peeling, it’s time to figure out why. If there are water stains or the glue has failed in a single area, then you may be able to get away with replacing one section. If the problem is more significant and impacts the whole floor, it’s time to look at replacement.

Wood

Everyone loves wood floors. They can last for decades, and unlike other flooring, homeowners can refinish their floors for a reasonable price. Once they start to lose their shine or get soft due to deterioration, you will need to refinish or replace them. If you are looking for a different appearance or a more durable material replacing your old hardwood might be the right choice.

Tips for Extending the Life of Each Flooring Type

You can protect your floors and your wallet by investing a little effort into caring for your floors.

  • Carpet – Have it professionally cleaned on a regular schedule or use a steam cleaner every six months. Use Scotchgard to help protect it from stains.
  • Stone – Seal it often, and don’t let spills sit. A regular cleaning schedule will help prevent dulling.
  • Tile – Avoid using harsh staining products like grape juice, wine, and tomato sauce. Clean it with appropriate products and get spills cleaned up fast.
  • Laminate – Wax and seal the floor based on manufacturer instructions. When cleaning the floors, use as little water as possible. Avoid putting extremely hot objects on the floor because the heat can loosen the glue.
  • Hardwood – Avoid humidity and clean up spills in a hurry. A damp mop is all you need for routine cleaning. Keep it appropriately waxed for the wood type. Don’t roll or drag heavy equipment or furniture across the wood.

No matter how well you care for your floors at some point, you will need to replace them. When that happens, stop by our Colorado Springs showroom or contact us to replace your flooring.