Installing carpet in your home is a major investment in the value and comfort of your living space. Carpeting is soft and comfortable, it cancels out some noise, and it acts as an extra insulator for your home. But, how long will the carpeting be good for? When will you need to replace it with new carpeting?
Around the 10 year mark is usually a good time for a thorough review of the state of your carpeting. How does it look? How does it smell? Has the carpeting stayed resilient throughout the years? How does it feel under your feet? How has the padding held up? Over the span of 10 years, many carpets will show just how much wear they experienced. Walk around your carpets and ask yourselves these questions. Your answers will help you evaluate whether or not you need to replace your carpeting.
Some carpeting, will look just as beautiful after 10 years as it did on the day of installation. This is usually an indicator of low use (no children, pets, etc.) and regular professional cleanings. If your carpeting is still soft, clean, and free of odors after ten years, then you don’t need to replace it. Unless, of course, it is a lime green shag from the 80’s. Sometimes it’s time to get a new carpet to achieve a new look in your home.
If your carpeting is in mostly good shape, but you have a few trouble spots, you may be able to prolong the life of your carpet with a few strategically-placed area rugs. Sometimes you can get away with a simple throw-rug to cover up those juice stains from little Jimmy’s younger years…
If after ten years your carpeting smells horrible, is covered in hot chocolate and coca cola stains, and has completely lost its cushy, soft feel. Buying new carpet is a no-brainer. Just remember to have your new carpets professionally cleaned on a regular basis to prevent buildup of new stains and smells!