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How Long Will My Flooring Last?

One of the most important questions plaguing Albuquerque homeowners when it comes to new flooring is durability. How long will hardwood last?  How long will vinyl last? The list goes on.  Of course, there are many factors that affect the number of years your flooring will look its best, but we wanted to offer you some guidelines, so that you know what flooring is the most durable, and what flooring will need replacement more frequently.

Vinyl Flooring

Luxury vinyl flooring has revolutionized how people feel about vinyl.  These floors are incredibly durable, and they can imitate many other types of flooring such as hardwood or stone.  Depending on how much traffic the flooring receives, and the level of care, vinyl floors can last anywhere from 10 to 20 years.  It may seem like a cheaper option, but it still can be around for quite some time!


If you’re looking for new flooring that won’t break the budget then linoleum should be on your list of options.  This flooring option is eco-friendly and it can last as long as 30 years or more if properly cared for.  Many homeowners choose this as an alternative to hardwood or tile.

Floating Floors

Floating floors are floors that are not glued or nailed down to the subfloor.  Often floating floors refers to laminate, which offers quick and easy installation.  This flooring option can look great for 20 -30 years depending on wear.  You may find the edges on some pieces will begin to curl up after decades of use. However, this is another flooring option that’s easy on the wallet.


Carpet is unlike any other flooring out there.  This soft, cushy flooring option offers unparalleled comfort.  It’s important with carpet to have professional steam cleaning completed annually.  With proper care most carpets will last 7 to 10 years.  It will depend on if people wear shoes in the house, the carpet pile, and the carpet fiber materials.  Wool carpets can last much longer than other polyester options, for example.

Hardwood Floor

If hardwood floors are properly maintained and cared for, then they can last a lifetime.  Of course, some species are softer than others, and certain damage may occur from moisture or humidity, but on the whole, solid hardwood flooring is going to be around for a while.  The great thing about hardwood is that you can sand and refinish the floor many times making it appear brand new once again!

Ready to get some durable and affordable flooring installed? Call the experts at the Poulin Design Center today for a free consultation!

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