As many of us know, pretty much everything we use in our homes must be replaced at one time or another. Small appliances, for example, tend to last around 6-8 years, while larger ones can last upwards of 10 if we’re lucky. Many permanent fixtures in the home must be replaced over time as well, and flooring is no different. There are several reasons to do this and it’s helpful to know when the right time is for you.
When You Have Carpet
If there is carpet in your home, it’s a good idea to consider replacing it every 8-10 years. Age-related wear and tear is a common reason to replace carpet, as it accumulates stains from families and pets, and over time it can end up containing elevated levels of allergens such as pet dander, mold, mildew and pollen tracked in from outside. If your white carpet has turned yellow, it could be caused by off gassing of rubber padding beneath the carpet itself and need replacement. If considering selling your home, new carpet is something to consider as it will do wonders for the home’s overall aesthetic and make it more appealing to potential buyers.
Vinyl and Linoleum
Vinyl and linoleum floors are known for their durability and affordability. These are great options to consider as long as you know when to replace. Many people opt to replace this flooring when moving into a new home as it can appear outdated. Although durable, one downside to these types of flooring is that they can be punctured by pressure from everyday items like chairs or even high heels, and dropping objects on them by accident can cause areas of damage as well. It’s a good idea to consider replacing these floors every 10 years. Any type of water damage before then can demand replacement as well.
Tile is a great option to consider when undergoing bathroom remodeling, for example, or when replacing flooring in your kitchen or hallway. Tile is extremely durable and long-lasting, which ensures that it will look good in your home for years to come. It is easy to clean and requires little upkeep, which is why it is a good option for bathrooms in particular. Countless styles and combination possibilities make tile useful for making a room appear more spacious or closed in, depending on what aesthetic you’re going for. This type of flooring can also up the property value of your home. Tile typically lasts a very long time depending on what type you choose. Some tile materials, such as glazed ceramic, porcelain or terra cotta can last up to 50 years.
Looking for something that will last as long as possible? There are a few flooring materials that can last a lifetime, according to the National Association of Home Builders. These include all wooden floors, such as bamboo, exotic wood, and other domestic wood. Contact a Los Angeles remodeling company to find out where and if these types of flooring will work best in your home.