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What to do with Old Carpeting in Your Home

Posted by Maricriz Rodriguez

Oct 1, 2019 6:49:00 PM

If you've resided in your home for an extended period of time, you may have reached the juncture at which the carpeting is in a state that requires consideration. No matter what course of action you decide to take with your old carpeting, the goal is to ensure that your home's flooring is in a suitable condition.


There are three options to contemplate when it comes to dealing with that pesky old carpeting:

  • Clean and re-stretch existing carpeting
  • Replace with new carpeting
  • Replace with laminate floor covering

There are pros and cons associated with each of these undertakings. The one you choose will likely depend on your home, budget, and remodeling timeline.

Clean and Re-Stretch

If you reasonably believe that your carpeting has a bit more life left in it, you can consider giving it a good cleaning and re-stretching. You can go one of two routes when it comes to cleaning. You can rent a carpet cleaner and undertake the task on your own or you can hire a professional.

Carpet re-stretching is a procedure that pulls the carpeting tighter and re-secures it to what are known as the pin boards, or other existing anchors. This resolves issues associated with the loosening of carpeting that occurs over time.

On the plus side, this course will save money. On the negative side, the look of your carpeting will improve somewhat, but it will still be worn. You are simply putting off the inevitable need for replacement.

Replace With New Carpet

If you like having carpeting in a particular space in your home, the second tactic that you can employ when your carpet ages is replacing it with new carpeting. In this day and age, you have a considerable number of options when it comes to carpeting.

If you are like most homeowners, price certainly is an issue for you. When it comes to replacement carpeting, you can find options in a wide range of different prices. In other words, you are likely to find a carpet replacement option that fits within your budget, even if you have a fairly restricted price range for a replacement project.

Bear in mind that when it comes to replacement carpeting, you do not need to purchase the most expensive option around to obtain an attractive and durable product. At the other extreme, do not go for the cheapest option around. You will get the best results with replacement carpeting by taking a middle course where the price lands between the extremes and the durability factor is solidly rated.

The benefit of replacing carpeting with carpeting is that you refresh the look of the room and maintain a floor covering you already know you enjoy. The negative aspect of going the kind-for-kind replacement route is that miss out on another course that would have the ability of really enhancing the look and feel of your home.

Replace With Laminate

A third option when it comes to addressing older carpeting in your home is to replace it with laminate floor covering. The benefits associated with replacing existing, dated carpeting with laminate floor covering. The benefits associated with replacing existing, dated carpeting with laminate flood covering are manifold and include durability. Laminate floor covering is, by design, a long-lasting product. Homeowners consistently find that this type of floor covering outlives other options, including carpeting.

Laminate floor covering also comes in a myriad of different styles. Available derivations in design and color permit a homeowner the ability to select a laminate floor covering that smartly complements a particular room.

Fortunately, laminate flooring can take on the appearance of wood or bamboo flooring without packing as much of a monetary punch. It can be equally as appealing as these materials at half the price.

The one note to be made about laminate floor covering involves its placement in a space with a floor drain or sump pump. In order to protect against unnecessary wear caused by moisture, an appropriate moisture bearer should be added at the time of installation.

In the final analysis, one of these three options associated with aging carpet is likely to ideally meet your needs. You will be able to breathe new life into your flooring and potentially reshape your home's overall design aesthetic.

Topics: Home Renovation, Home Improvement