When you live in the same place for years and years and wonder if updates are needed, parts of your home can sometimes go overlooked. Carpeting should not be one of them, but unfortunately, it too often is.
The lifespan of a carpet largely depends on several factors, including the quality of the carpet, the amount of foot traffic it experiences, and how well it is maintained. However, on average, carpets should be replaced every 8-10 years. Regular maintenance such as vacuuming, spot cleaning, and professional cleaning can help extend the life of your carpet and keep it looking its best.
Over time, it can be easy to get used to your carpets, even if you don’t take in the subtle ways in which your flooring is changing — and deteriorating. After getting comfortable with flooring, a homeowner might ask, “When should you replace your carpet?”
The short but complicated answer is: it depends on your home and lifestyle. Do you have pets at home who lounge on the carpet? Kids who trek in mud and bits from the outdoors? Old furniture that has cemented its place and made divots in your carpet? Any of these may trigger the start of a new carpet installation. Carpet installation is actually rather simple; it’s maintenance that can be trickier.
Here are five signs and key indicators that your carpet is ready to be replaced:
1 – Wear and tear:
Over time, carpets can become worn and matted down, especially in high-traffic areas. Perhaps your carpet doesn’t have its original fluff and feel, and you want something fresher to lay your feet on. If you notice that your carpet fibers are starting to look flat, it may be time to replace your carpet.
2 – Stains and odors:
Carpet fibers can absorb stains and odors over time, especially if spills or pet accidents are not cleaned up promptly. If your carpet has stubborn stains or persistent odors, it’s time for that carpet to go.
3 – Allergies:
Carpet fibers can trap dust, pet dander, and other allergens, which can trigger allergies and asthma symptoms. If you or a family member experience increased allergy symptoms that are atypical, your carpet may be the culprit.
4 – Damage:
If your carpet has suffered damage, such as tears, holes, or rips, you may want to replace it. Damage can be unsightly and can also pose a tripping hazard.
5 – Age:
Some carpets are built to last — you can get a good decade out of high-quality ones — but too often, for new homeowners or those in more temporary homes, carpets are an afterthought. Generally, carpet is replaced every 6-7 years. If maintained properly, it can last in excess of 10 years! This means many carpets, especially those in busier homes, may need updating more frequently. Fortunately, this investment is one you, your family, and your guests will all take note of and enjoy: nothing spruces up your living room or bedroom like an updated carpet installation.
When it comes to your home, ACS is your go-to company for flooring and carpet installation. Find a carpet you like at your nearby Home Depot; then, ACS will take care of the execution, creating a seamless transition from old to new carpet. From carpet replacement to a whole new flooring installation with wood, tile, and more, ACS is the skilled company ready to upgrade your home.