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Carpet Repair or Replacement: 3 Basic Facts to Make Your Choice Easier

Author: Martin Moran
by Martin Moran
Posted: Jun 18, 2015

Every homeowner knows that it's much cheaper to have your carpets repaired, rather than replace them with new ones. But the truth is that in some instances your carpets have simply out-lived their life and have to be replaced. When your carpet is 10 to 15 years old and is showing signs of serious tear and wear, then it's probably a time to invest in new carpet installation for your house. On the other side, if your carpet is in good shape, with the exception of some isolated areas of damage, or the usual signs of needed re-stretching, then carpet repair is the right choice for you.

  • Why Your Carpets Get Loose
All floorings take a beating every day. And because your carpet is a fabric-based or synthetic covering laid over your home's sub-flooring, it's much more likely to show symptoms of that abuse than other flooring materials like hardwood or stone tile. Multiple steam cleaning sessions, high foot traffic and the damage caused by dragging heavy furniture across the floor, can all contribute to carpets that eventually loosen as the years go. With older carpets it's just a fact of life. If your new carpets are suffering from bulging or rippling, then you most likely have a poor installation. Either way, carpet re-stretching is the answer to your issues.
  • Get Your Carpets Re-stretched
Refastening and re-stretching is by far the most common form of carpet repair. It's the process of pulling your carpet tight again with a power stretcher and refastening it to the grips that hold your carpet in place. It takes several hours to complete. It's recommended to remove all the furniture from the carpeted areas ahead of time. When you're looking for a cheap and simple alternative to a new carpeting, there isn't a more proven repair to make your carpets look and feel like new again.
  • Other Common Carpet Issues
While carpet re-stretching is the most common repair sought out by many homeowners, it's certainly not the only form of carpet damage they are forced to deal with. From deep stains to burns, carpet repair can solve many more carpet issues:
  • Carpet Patching
Patching a carpet is probably the most widespread repair solution for damaged carpets. It's the process of removing small areas of damaged carpet (such as isolated burn) and replacing them with a new undamaged piece. The process is simple and many homeowners choose to DIY. However, if you want to end up with a seamless patch, especially if the damaged area is at center stage, you better hire someone experienced.
  • Carpet Cleaning
Of course the other form of carpet damage that most residents seek out assistance is for stained and soiled carpeting. While major carpet manufacturers recommend that you deep clean your carpets at least once every 6 to 12 months, very few homeowners follow that advice. After years of use, the end result usually is a carpet stained with dirt, food and beverage spills. In most cases the hot water extraction (steam cleaning) does e great job, especially if you spend a little extra for a stain treatment. If it doesn't do the trick, then isolated stains may be removed by the patching technique mentioned above.

Having damaged carpets that are showing some signs of wear doesn't mean they have to be totally replaced. Calling a reliable carpet repairman is a cost-effective and proven solution to repairing carpet that has suffered minor damages or that's simply been pulled loose over time.

About the Author

Hello, my name is Martin. I work as a project management consultant for different companies all over the US. Living at the moment in Atlanta, I like to help its residents writing about my personal experience.

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