There is nothing quite like getting a new carpet installed; seeing those beautiful vibrant colors stretching across the entire floor without any imperfections. Fresh carpeting is pristine and unmarred, but unfortunately it can only stay that way for so long. No matter how much effort a person can put into maintaining their carpeting, the inevitable will happen: the carpet will need to be replaced.Hopefully this won’t be necessary for several for several years after installation, but it’s important to be prepared before beginning the eventual replacement process.
Replacing interior flooring can be a very costly venture, as there are many factors that come into play when making this decision. Physical appearance plays a large role in making this choice, but long-term financial implications play a large role in this decision-making process as well. The way to best determine the lifetime cost of commercial carpeting is to take into account removal of the old floor covering, the initial cost of the purchase and installation, care and maintenance costs throughout the life of the carpet, divided by the number of years of use. Looking at the initial purchase price is not a fair indicator of the true price of carpeting; costs over the life time of the carpet are a better indicator of this figure.
The general lifespan of a commercial carpet, particularly an office carpet, is anywhere from three to ten years, with many factors affecting this estimate. The national average is seven years. When carpet fibers are made from nylon, the carpet life is generally longer, because of its durability and stain-resistant quality due to the dying process. The denser a carpet is, the longer it will last. A carpet that contains lighter colors will show dirt and stains easier, and could prove to be harder to keep and appear clean. Carpets with patterns tend not to show dirt and wear as do solid color carpeting. Proper installation increases the life of a carpet; improper installation can cause atypical wear and tear. Lastly, padding positively affects the life of a carpet, as it provides a buffer between the ground and the actual carpet.
Here are six general signs that indicate it’s time for your office carpet to be replaced:
- Stains: When stains can no longer be effectively removed and the only optionto disguise the stain is with a filing cabinet, it may be time to replace the carpet. Commercial carpets are usually treated with a stain-resistant finish, but this finish has a finite lifespan and eventually wears off, making the carpet more susceptible to staining.
- Wear and Tear: High traffic areas are usually the first place to show signs of wear and tear. This includes fraying, rips, bald spots and matting that do not respond to professional cleaning. If you have duct tape holding the seems together that’s a pretty good indication of the need to replace the carpet.
- Odors: If odors are still present after a good cleaning, that is an indicator that the odors have permeated not only through the carpet but the padding as well, or even that mold has gotten into the carpeting. Cleaning the padding underneath carpeting can prove to be difficult and costly.
- Padding Conditions: Carpeting without padding is nothing more than a layer of fabric. Padding helps to support the carpet, making it more comfortable to walk on over time. Additionally, it provides insulation and acts as a sound dampener. When signs of unevenness and wrinkling are present, it’s time to consider replacing the carpet.
- Allergies: If you notice an increase in allergies, one source may be your older carpet as they retain more allergens and particulate matter over time.
- Styles: Carpets have trends just like clothing and fashion. Different styles come into popularity and also fade from popularity. Carpets are not meant to last forever.
The first step in extending the life of a carpet is installing the right office carpet in the first place. It is important to understand the expected foot traffic and usage of a specific area in order to make the right purchase. If you find that your carpeting meets one or more of these signs, there’s a good chance that a office carpet replacement will be necessary.
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