Whether you’re a homeowner or landlord, investing in new flooring options is a big consideration.
There are a few things to consider including cost, wear and tear, lifespan, safety and aesthetics – all which can vary on your priority depending if you live in the home or you’re renting your property out.
According to the Queensland law handbook, if a person is injured or their property is damaged as a result of some defect on the premises, the landlord or homeowner may be liable to pay damages.
Generally, a duty of care by the landlord needs to be upheld. If you’re occupying your own home, it also goes without saying you probably want a safe environment for your family and visitors.
Here’s what to look out for in making your decision to replace your flooring.
- Your floors are old
We’re not talking cool vintage ‘old’ like a 1950s retro-inspired kitchen floor or Gatsby-inspired 1920s art deco floor for bathrooms, these we love! We’re talking about flooring that’s seen better days, with more spills, stains, cracks, and rips than you can cover with a cheap floor mat. The lifespan of floors range, depending on the type of flooring and quality of the material, but overall, the age and deterioration of your flooring can strongly indicate when you should replace it.
- Your floor has become unsafe
Exposed nails, tears, cracks and chips are a significant sign that your floor needs repairing or replacement before someone does some damage. According to Safe Work Australia, each year slips, trips and falls result in thousands of preventable injuries and from 2013 to 15, over 386 deaths were recorded in the workplace and numerous serious injuries. The bottom line is, if you think you’re going to trip or cut yourself on a damaged part of a floor it’s time to replace your floor.
- Cracks and creaks have appeared
Not only are cracks a health hazard as previously mentioned, but cracks can also be the perfect breeding ground for insects and mites. Cracks are not easily fixed without completely replacing the floors, and exterminating insects from flooring can also be challenging.
Creaky floors can be a sign of rotting or that your subfloor needs to be replaced. Sometimes it can be a result of age, but it can also be caused by leaks or moisture build-up or the glue and nails have come loose over time.
- Replacement of part or all of your floor
Often damage may have only happened in one part of the floor, but the big problem could be if you can’t find a match to your floor to replace the damaged part only. Aesthetics is a huge part of the overall look of your home and having mismatched flooring distracts from the appeal of your home. Carpet is one of the most problematic flooring types to part-match as you’ll need to replace often an entire room rather than a segment or patch. However, Vinyl Planks could be the perfect solution. Vinyl planks are incredibly durable, waterproof and offer sound-reducing properties, but they are also easy to replace if there have been damaged areas to part of the floor. A single plank can be replaced if any damage occurs quickly and easily.
- Discolouration, warping and spots
If you start seeing discolouration, dark spots or warping in your flooring it’s a good sign there has been water damage. Water damage leads to mould, and often when it’s trapped underneath the subflooring, it won’t dry without getting the entire floor replaced. Mould can spread rapidly and can lead to severe health and respiratory conditions if not contained. Water damage can also rot support beams and cupboards, so it’s crucial not to wait too long to have this inspected by a reputable floor expert.
- Increase the value of your home
If you’re thinking of selling your home or want to increase the value of your home, investing in new flooring is the perfect solution. Fresh new flooring can add to the overall appeal and attract new buyers to your home and give new life to basic rooming. If you’re thinking of renting your home, it can also add more value and increase the rental price.
If you’re still not sure if your home needs a complete floor replacement or you’d like some tips on cleaning and maintenance, we’d be happy to offer our expert advice.
Finding the right flooring
If you are looking for the perfect flooring for your Gold Coast home, then you need to speak to The Flooring Depot as soon as possible. We specialise in carpet, vinyl, timber and laminate options of flooring and are here to help you find the perfect selection for your flooring needs. Contact us today to get started!