There was an era when carpeting was expected to last a lifetime. People would have it installed and would keep it for twenty or thirty years until it was thread-bare and only then would it be replaced. Yet, today, people prefer to refresh the look of their floor more frequently than they did a generation ago. Plus, with new styles available and new technology being incorporated into the manufacture of carpeting, the typical lifespan has shortened.

So what is the lifespan of carpet today?

The rule of thumb is that you should expect carpet floors to last between 7 and 10 years on average. Certainly, if you have a lower-end rug, that life expectancy might shorten, arguably to about 5 years. Likewise, if you are looking at a high-end carpet, you can expect to get 15 or 20 years of life from it. Further, a good quality padding will lengthen the lifespan of any carpet that you put into your home.

If I want a longer lifespan, what should I look for?

The best rule of thumb is to look at the kind of tuft and how tightly those tufts are spaced. For instance, when it comes to the type of tuft, Berbers and friezes will typically give you the longest lifespans. A Berber is a loop-pile carpet, like a commercial rug, but the loop is taller for added softness, something that is an advantage when it comes to residential use. The looped tufts do not fray very easily and so tend to offer long lifespans. The frieze is a cut tuft, but the tufts are very tightly wrapped, making them more durable than your typical plush carpets.

The density of the tufts, too, is important. The more tightly spaced the tufts, the less likely they are to become matted down due to wear, even in high traffic areas like hallways. A rule of thumb is that if you try and work your fingers into the tufts, the harder it is to see the backing of the carpet, the harder it will be for the tufts to become frayed or matted.

A word about fibers

The technology when it comes to manufacturing fibers is always advancing, with companies constantly trying to improve both wear and stain resistance. Historically, nylon was considered the stronger fiber when it came to wearing but polyesters were introduced due to their superior resistance to stains. Today, there are many fibers to choose from, including Olefin and Triexta. As your carpet retailer, we offer a wide range of fibers and we would be delighted to show you the advantages of each.

At Delair’s Carpet Barn, we are your store for carpet flooring in East Montpelier, VT. We also serve the surrounding areas of Morrisville, Stowe, and Waterbury, VT. We’d love to put our forty-plus years of experience to work for you and help you find a carpet with a lifespan that will best meet your needs. Visit our showroom today!