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.
We speak quite highly of laminate flooring, and we stand behind this affordable option, but there are times when issues arise (as they do with all kinds of flooring) when a client has been directed towards a cheaper variety by a competitor, or been lured by a company that claims to be an expert in installation. It’s in these situations we say it pays to really know who your flooring specialist is! We take our time to inform our clients about flooring through our blog, our appointments and through consultations. We help you decide what is best for your home or room based on your daily life, how the room will be used, and whether moisture is a factor in that space. Of course, there are still times when flooring becomes problematic. Listed below are some of the most popular challenges we face with laminate flooring.
Laminate floors will sometimes peak when the boards push up against each other resulting in high points at the joints. This generally happens with there is a lack of expansion space between the laminate floor and thee walls around the perimeter of the installation or the moldings. This also happens when the moldings in the doorways or around the perimeter of the room have been nailed to the floor, preventing the floor from expanding. Laminate floors are not meant to be mailed down; these are floating floors and need space to expand and contract. Peaking also occurs when the area of flooring is too long and doesn’t have the center ‘T’ molding expansion.
We inquire what type of room your flooring will be going in because we know with laminate buckling and warping can be an issue. Excessive water or dampness leads to the edges or the center to rise up and separate from the subfloor. If your basement has high levels of humidity, or the room in which you would like the laminate installed has the potential of water damage, discuss that point with us for our designer to help navigate you away from this type of potential problem.
Another issue that arises with excessive water or high levels of humidity is mold and mildew. This has the potential of becoming a health hazard as well, one that owners of rental properties must take particular care of avoiding. Generally when there is a strong mold or mildew smell, it’s coming for the floors.
Lastly, you may have taken all the necessary provisions, and we may have carefully assisted in choosing and designing your area, yet an issue still came to light. It is possible to come across manufacturer defects of which we take care of immediately. We want you to be happy with the floor you have; talk to our designers to learn how to choose the flooring that is best for you!