Any homeowner should be prepared for a major home improvement or repair project when the time comes. You do not want to go cheap on something as essential as your home floors, so be sure you are aware of the signs so that you know when your floors need to be replaced and how you can prepare. Here are 4 signs you need a new floor.

Your Floors Are Old

Chances are likely that you will only need to replace the floor in a given home once. Floors last a while, especially hardwood, concrete, or stone. But if you have a floor that’s not one of those three, like carpet, bamboo, or vinyl, then your floor is more likely to last under 10 years.

The exact lifespan of a floor depends on the quality of material and installation (which is why you should never do your own floors). If your floors are were installed back in the flip-phone era, that’s a good sign that you should start preparing for a floor replacement.

Your Floor Has Cracks

Cracks are one of the clearest signs that you need a new floor. They are much worse than an eyesore. They’re also a tripping hazard, they create more cracks, and are an inviting home to bugs and fungus. They are a major nuisance and the best way to get rid of them to is replace the floor.

You also want to keep watch on the age of your subfloor. Cracks can also be produced on the subfloor and still present a major issue.

Your Floor Has Water Damage

If your floor has any dark spots, discoloration, or is warped, then that might be a sign of water damage. Especially in the Northern Virginia region where moisture can get quite high. Water damage is another significant concern for any homeowner.

Moisture is another warm invitation for bugs and fungi to spread which can become a health hazard in your home. Once your floor has water damage it needs to be changed.

And when you are ready to change your floors, be sure to hire a professional flooring service. Having your floors professionally done can add years to your floor life. Not to mention that you will lose money through trial and error doing the floors yourself, so there’s not even a financial advantage.