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Carpet, Ready to Change It | Here Are Solutions for Your Next Choice

Carpet. We love it. Most of us grew up with it in, at least, one room. It’s soft. It’s warm. It can handle traffic. Google says that it’s 5,000 years old. But it gets worn. It should be changed every 10 years. Over time, it collects dust and lint. You spend a lot of energy vacuuming. It fades. Carpet is less durable than most of your newer flooring choices. And stains can be extremely difficult to clean up. If your carpet is nearing the 10 year threshold, think about pulling it. Try the surface beneath.

You’ll most likely find a concrete slab, framed subfloor, or possibly, a brilliant, original finish. It is worth the time to find out. Here are some perfect solutions for each.

Concrete slab:

You can replace your carpet with any type of flooring on a concrete slab. Concrete is the perfect surface for laying tile, laminate, wood, stone, or vinyl. Also, you may consider staining the slab with a rich, layered, stone or marble finish.

Framed subfloor:

Subfloors often scare people the most, especially in older homes. They leave their worn carpets installed for fear of what the subfloor will look like. Don’t make this mistake. Pull your carpet. Find out what is below. If you have some issues, your contractor will fix them. You’ll add value to your home. And enjoy the peace of mind that there are no problems with your framed floors. Subfloors are perfect for laminate, vinyl, and wood. If you are planning to lay tile or stone, your contractor will check to see you need additional bracing. Tile and stone get heavy quick when applied to a large floor space.

Original Finish:

This is the jackpot outcome for changing your carpet. One important thing to remember. Beautiful, original finishes are not just discovered in hundred-year-old, historic homes. Dwellings built in the seventies, eighties, and nineties all have the potential to reveal some brilliant stone, hardwood, and tile. They get covered because someone’s taste didn’t match. Score for you! Have your flooring technician come out to make sure your original finish is sealed and take care of any touch-ups needed.