Did new carpeting make it to the top of your home update list in 2022?  Or, maybe your current carpeting has been in question for some time but is lower on the priority list.  How to be sure of choosing the correct timeline for carpet replacement?   Is it possible to hit the perfect mark in getting the most use of current carpeting without purchasing too soon or too late?  Fortunately, there are a few fantastic guidelines to assist in choosing the ideal replacement timeline.  Let’s take a closer look at some of the most important factors that could help illuminate the decision-making path.

To Replace or Not to Replace?

That is the First Question!

A carpet’s life span depends on several features such as carpet type, use frequency, the amount of people living in the home as well as children and pets, just to name a few.  As a general rule, carpet replacement is recommended every 5 to 15 years depending on each individual household’s usage.

It is important to note that a deep cleaning might be all that is needed to extend the life of the carpet if it has been well-maintained and is still in good condition.  In 2020, the Kruper Flooring and Design Blog discussed the reasons why carpet cleaning is so important especially as the pandemic continues as well as common allergens settling into the carpeting over time that have the potential to affect breathing.

However, there are key indicators that provide excellent guidance if the carpeting is within the 5-15 year window but there is uncertainty regarding whether replacement is necessary.  Regardless of condition, carpeting 20 years or older should be replaced to maintain the home’s air quality and comfort.

Signs Suggesting Carpet Replacement

  • Large tears that cannot be repaired
  • Carpeting that is beginning to pull apart at the seams, even with light tugs
  • Carpet that is fading and/or changing color
  • Carpet that’s starting to “bald”  or exhibit multiple matted areas
  • Carpets that have become increasingly difficult to clean
  • Carpets that retain odors that cannot be refreshed through regular means
  • Signs of mold and mildew
  • Pet stains
  • Allergies
  • Water damage

If the any of the above signs are noticed in the carpeting, it is usually a good indication that the carpet needs to be replaced.

Is Timing Important for Carpet Replacement?

It is often said that, “timing is everything” and the saying could certainly hold true for carpet replacement as well.  The month of January holds the possibility of discovering carpeting discounts as retailers frequently offer reduced prices on older inventory in an effort to make room for newer trends.  In addition, January offers a fantastic window of opportunity for carpet installation to protect floors from the colder weather elements and create more warmth and comfort in your home during the remaining winter months.

Although January might be considered a good time for new carpeting purchases, the months of March through early June are likely the very best months for carpet purchases according to the experts at “The Spruce.”  By March, most new trends have reached retailers creating the perfect timing for a “spring refresh!”  In addition, carpeting price decreases are often seen in the spring months, due to family vacations and the end of the school year causing decreases in demand.  On the other hand, late summer and early fall are considered a less ideal time for carpet replacement as consumer interest rises in completing home improvements before the colder months arrive.

Planning and Preparing for Purchase

Since your new carpeting will likely be with you for a considerable amount of time, it is critical to take proper care and time in researching the right carpeting for your home.  As outlined in the above paragraph, the laws of supply and demand that effect the carpeting market naturally create a perfect opportunity for preplanning during late summer and early fall.  Once market prices show decline, proper preplanning will ensure that the purchase can be made when the price is right.

The first step in choosing the perfect carpeting for your home is to research the type of carpet that fits your needs according to where it will be placed.  Try envisioning the role that you want the new carpet to play in your home when considering shape, design and material.  When deciding on quality, wool is a great option as it is durable, doesn’t stain easily, or trap odors, and has a matte appearance.  However, synthetic carpeting is a good option, as well, as it is stain-resistant and sustains its durability under wear and tear.  When choosing pile, it is wise to mostly stick with low-pile options, especially in high-traffic areas, as the lower pile will retain it’s shape more readily.

Consider shopping in-store as you will be able to view the true color and feel of the carpet material.  Be sure to test the memory of the carpeting by handling it to observe how quickly it springs back.

Buy a sample first as it is the best way to visualize the look and feel of new carpeting in the area where it will be installed.  Use the placement of your furniture as a reference to determine if the new carpet will blend well in the space.

Don’t Haggle, Just Ask as often your retailer will be able to inform you of any specials or discounts that could be available on the purchase of the carpet.

Check the warranty as there are several types of protection that could be offered on your new carpet purchase.  Warranties that cover fade resistance and/or stain warranties are commonly offered.  However, be sure to double-check exclusions to avoid any pricing surprises.

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