6 Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Flooring

Unfortunately, flooring does not last forever. While some materials are more durable than others, there comes a time when most flooring needs to be replaced. Here are the signs it’s time to replace your flooring:

1. It Has Water Damage

One of the biggest signs you might need to replace your flooring is if it has water damage. If you recently had a flood or a leaky pipe, there’s a good chance your floor has encountered too much water. If your flooring has not been properly dried, it will need to be replaced.

Some of the signs that your flooring has been water-damaged are warping, discoloration, and mold. Your flooring may also begin to cup upwards at the outer edges. If you have any of these signs, your flooring should be replaced. It’s also a good idea to address any leaks or moisture issues to protect your new floor and protect your home from water damage.

If your flooring is in an area where you may get water damage again, like a laundry room or basement, there are some basement flooring options that are less susceptible to water damage. Materials like concrete are known for their water resistance, but they may require a sealant first.

2. The Flooring is Noisy or Squeaks

Another big sign that your flooring may need to be replaced is if it squeaks or is noisy in certain spots. Although sometimes they can be normal, these noises can indicate a problem underneath that needs to be addressed. It’s also one of the house sounds you should never ignore.

Sometimes it’s a simple solution of replacing a few boards, tiles, or planks. However, in more serious situations, a noisy floor can indicate damage to the subflooring. If you notice any noise in your flooring, call a professional who can assess the problem and replace your floor.

3. It Has Natural Wear and Tear

Over time, flooring will show signs of wear and tear. Flooring in high-traffic areas will show the signs earlier than flooring in other parts of your home. Scratches and tears are not only unattractive but they can lead to further issues down the road. Mold and moisture can sink into these scratches and tears and should be taken care of.

If you have luxury vinyl tile (LVT) or luxury vinyl planks (LVP), it is possible to replace certain parts of the floor. This is a big benefit of tile flooring and that extends to LVT, too. However, if the issue has spread too much, you may need to replace your entire floor.

4. The Flooring is Buckled or Uneven

If your flooring has any signs of buckling, cracking, or unevenness, your floor needs to be replaced. Over time, your flooring can work loose, causing this buckling. Buckling and unevenness not only look unattractive, but can also be dangerous.

These spots can become tripping hazards so it’s best to replace your flooring. You should also have a professional look at the underlying floor for any further issues. Buckled or cracked floors can be signs of structural damage you should not ignore.

5. It Hasn’t Been Replaced Since the Home Was Built

Another one of the signs it’s time to replace your flooring could be if the flooring is still original to the home. If your home is more than 10 years old and the flooring hasn’t been replaced since then, you might need to think about replacing your flooring. This is about the typical length of time when flooring begins to show those natural signs of age.

Of course, some flooring is durable and long-lasting and may be in great condition or just in need of some cosmetic touch-ups. With quality materials, good installation, and proper care, many non-carpet flooring options last 15-25 years or more. But, if your flooring is showing any of the signs listed above, you should consider replacing it.

6. The Flooring is Outdated

The wrong flooring or outdated flooring are some things that can hurt your home value. Sometimes, flooring is replaced simply because it doesn’t match your interior design or aesthetic anymore. If this is the case, replacing your flooring can make your house feel the way you want it.

Replacing your flooring is a great way to modernize an outdated kitchen if you don’t want to undergo a full remodel. It may also be changed during a room or home remodel. Unless the flooring is in very good condition, replacing the flooring during a remodel makes sense since the construction crew is there anyway. Plus, it may eliminate a future project down the road. These factors can save time and money.

Replace Your Floor With Zephyr Thomas

These are just a few signs it’s time to replace your flooring. Whether you see signs of wear and tear, or damage, or you just want to change or upgrade your floor, Zephyr Thomas can help. Contact us at 717-399-4708 to talk about your options and start a free estimate!

Check out the time-lapse video below to see the Zephyr Thomas team installing a new tile floor for this homeowner!