The kitchen is often referred to as the heart of the home. And, it’s no wonder why. Think about how much time we spend in our kitchens- eating, cooking, and laughing. While it’s great that we spend so much time in our kitchens, what isn’t so great is the amount of damage this can cause to our kitchen floors.
Kitchen floors sustain a lot of wear and tear over the years, being tested daily with dirty shoes, scratches from furniture and paws, and spills. Replacing your kitchen floors takes both money and time, which is why you really want to be sure that they need replacing.
So, how can you tell when your kitchen floors need to be replaced? Check out this guide to learn the top signs you need new kitchen floors.
1. Your Kitchen Floors Have Sustained Major Water Damage
Water damage is often a big indicator that your kitchen floors need to be replaced.
Water damage can ruin flooring- from vinyl to hardwood to carpet. And, if the water damage hasn’t been cleaned up quickly enough, it can seep into the subflooring and ruin that.
If this happens, then there’s a high risk of rotting, mold and other major issues that will take a lot of time and money to fix.
So, if your floor has water stains, is soft or is rotting, then it’s time to consider new kitchen floors. If you’re not sure if your floors have sustained substantial enough water damage to warrant replacing, you can ask a professional.
2. Your Ceiling is Leaking
A way to tell if you have water damage on your floor is if you have a leaking ceiling in the room below the kitchen. It may seem weird to look to the ceiling for clues about your floor, but hear us out on this one.
If the leaky ceiling is below your kitchen floor, then there’s a good chance that your floor or subfloor immediately above the leak has sustained some damage.
A leaking ceiling is a sign that the surrounding structure has been affected, especially if the leak has grown.
So, when you spot a leak in your ceiling, make sure you do a thorough exam of the area to determine whether the flooring above needs replacing.
3. Stains are Stuck There for Good
Have you noticed stains on your kitchen floor that won’t come out no matter how much scrubbing you do?
Unfortunately, the longer the stain has been there, the less likely it is to go away. So, if you’ve got more than a couple of small stains on your kitchen floor, it may be time to stop scrubbing and start shopping.
4. Outdated Style
Sometimes the issue with your kitchen floor has more to do with aesthetics than structure.
So, don’t feel you need to wait for structural damage to change up the flooring in your kitchen. Having the desire to try out a new, updated style is enough to warrant the investment of a new kitchen floor.
Whether you’re updated your whole house or just your kitchen, a new floor can do wonders for the aesthetic of your home.
5. Uneven Floors
Uneven floors are not just annoying, they’re also a tripping hazard. Plus, they often indicate foundational issues with your home.
Before getting new floors installed, you should also have a contractor assess your foundation to make sure the unevenness isn’t a part of a larger issue.
6. Lifestyle Changes
While it might have just been you and your spouse treading across the kitchen floor at one point, lifestyle changes can mean your kitchen floors are seeing more feet than before.
To make sure that your kitchen floor can support the traffic of new pets, family members, and guests, you want to make sure it’s structurally sound and up for the challenge.
The more traffic your kitchen floor receives, the more important it becomes to install a floor that can withstand all the wear and tear. So, as your family grows, it’s very important to make new flooring a priority.
7. You’re Looking to Sell
The quality of your kitchen floors can make a huge difference in selling your home. Kitchen floors that are worn out are a huge red flag to potential home buyers.
Often, homebuyers notice the kitchen of the home first, as this is where people spend most of their time. If they see huge flaws with the kitchen, then they will probably assume that there are major issues with the rest of your home.
So, in order to put your best foot forward in the home selling process, consider replacing your kitchen floors. The better your kitchen floors look, the more likely you are to sell your home for a great price.
8. Sagging or Buckling
Sagging often comes with hardwood and vinyl flooring, so look out for this if you have one of either of these installed in your kitchen.
Sagging can show weak spots in the flooring, which typically worsen over time.
If you also notice that there is buckling between the seams of the tile or wood, then that’s a good sign that your floor can no longer handle large amounts of foot traffic. By replacing the flooring promptly, you can maintain structural integrity.
Are You Ready to Install New Kitchen Floors?
As you can see, there are a lot of potential reasons that show you may need to replace your kitchen floors. Luckily, with the right contractors helping you out, replacing your kitchen floors can be an easy and fun process.
Is it time to replace your kitchen floors? Contact us today for a quote and we can discuss your flooring options!