When is the time to replace carpet? A number of issues may indicate it’s time, but as purchasing carpeting for any home can be an expensive endeavor, take a number of considerations into account before making any decisions.
Before replacing carpet, ask yourself a few relatively simple questions.
Do you have carpet stains? Depending on the age of your carpet, chances are that there are a few stains here and there. Some are more visible than others. Spot treatments and even carpet cleaning can reduce the appearance of unsightly stains to a certain degree, but in many cases, they return. This is because whatever has spilled on the carpet has soaked deeper than the carpet surface and into the connecting fibers, as well as into the padding below.
Does your carpet have an unpleasant odor? Stinky carpet is an indication that you might want to consider replacing the carpeting. A number of issues can contribute to unpleasant odors emanating from carpeting including damp, humid environments that promote mold and exacerbate pet smells and even left over kitchen smells over time. Sprinkling with carpet fresheners or opting for professional cleanings only solve the problem temporarily. If you’re experiencing unpleasant whiffs of odor from your carpeting when you walk in the door, it’s time to consider replacement.
Does your carpet show general wear paths? If your carpeting shows high traffic “trails” in certain areas of a room or hallway, it’s a clear indication that your carpeting and the padding beneath has been matted down. It’s also a sign that the carpeting itself is wearing out and thinning, and may even show some threadbare spots. If your carpet fibers or the pile surface lays flat after it’s been walked on, cleaned, or vacuumed, take it as a sign of aging, and yes, it’s time to replace carpet.
Is your carpeting wrinkling? Another indication of an old, worn-out carpet is the eventual stretching out of the carpet itself. This is an indication that the carpet padding underneath your carpeting has also worn down. Another clue to identify worn-out carpeting includes slight dips or uneven surfaces in the carpeting, the above-mentioned wear paths, and very little cushioning beneath your feet.
Has your carpet been water damaged? In most cases, water damage caused by a broken pipe or even flooding should be replaced. It can be difficult to completely dry out carpeting and padding after such circumstances, and comes with a higher risk of developing mold underneath. Even after the carpet has dried, you may notice some musty, earthy smells, at which time your carpet should be tested for the presence of mold, which can lead to health issues.
Is your carpet more than 10 years old? Some carpets hold up better than others depending on its type. The number of people, general foot traffic, and the presence of pets all play a huge role in the longevity of carpeting. Careful consideration of just a few questions as those mentioned can help you decide when it’s time to replace carpet in your home. If it is time to replace your carpet in Indianapolis, give ProSand Flooring a call