Different flooring materials show wear in different ways. Depending on the quality, durability and color of the material your floor can last anywhere from five years to sixty. Regardless, it is important to regularly inspect your floor to ensure it isn’t showing signs of damage. Depending on the material, damaged flooring can lead to mold growth, asbestos, vermin and harm to the floorboards of your home. Here are some of the top signs you’ll want to keep in mind.
Permanent Stains and Discoloration:
If professional cleaning won’t remove the stains in your carpet or scuffs on your hardwood floor, this may be a sign it’s time to replace your flooring. Permanent stains can give off a lingering odor and adversely impact your quality of life and home value. The same is true for permanent discoloration and embedded stains in vinyl flooring.
Water damage can affect many flooring types and should be taken very seriously. Although the extent of damage can vary depending on the material and nature of the spill, water damage is a sure sign your floor is past its prime. If left untreated, water damaged flooring can grow molds that may aggravate allergies or cause lung illnesses.
Visible Carpet Wear and Matting:
A healthy carpet should provide some cushion underfoot and look uniform in appearance. If your carpet feels matted down or is showing signs of footpaths, it’s definitely time to replace it. Depending on the material and traffic, wear like this can make an appearance anywhere from 5 to 30 years.
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