Replacing your flooring can seem like a monumental task, but nothing revitalizes a space like new flooring. So how do you know when it's time to get rid of your old flooring and invest in something new? Here are some tips to remember when considering replacing your floors.
Tiles can last decades if properly taken care. Unlike other flooring tile can be easily repaired. Cracked tiles can be replaced, and grout can be cleaned and sealed. So how do you know when it's time to throw in the towel on your tile? Well, one easy way is if your tile feels outdated! While some classic tiles stands the test of time, trends from decades past can make a space feel old and neglected. Another tell tale sign you need to replace your tiles is tenting. If your tiles are buckling and coming up from the floor they need to be replaced. Lastly, if lots of tiles are cracked or they keep cracking in the same place, this could be a sign that there is a problem with your foundation or the way the tiles have been laid and they should come out.
Depending on the quality of carpet in your space, and the level of traffic and stress put on it you can get anywhere from five to fifteen years life from your carpet. However, if your carpet has begun to lose shape, if it smells, or show visible signs of staining, it's time to invest in new flooring. If having your carpets professionally cleaned doesn't remove it's stains or give it back some shape, they are a lost cause.
Vinyl or Laminate
This one's easy enough. If it's peeling up, warping, fading or gapping it's time to replace your vinyl or laminate. These signs will show quite drastically with vinyl and older laminate. As laminate has advanced, it's become available in a higher quality that is longer lasting, and wear won't show as heavily.
Hardwood floors are unique in that when they begin to show signs of age they can be, resealed or sanded and refinished. For this reason deciding to replace hardwood floors is a much harder call, but one tell tale sign is if you notice heavy sloping. Sloping can be a sign of potentially serious structural problems, and it is more than likely your floors will need to be pulled up to fix the problem.