I have hardwood flooring underneath my carpet. Should I refinish the hardwood or recarpet?

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If you have hardwood floors underneath your carpet, is it better to refinish the hardwood or to recarpet? Which is less expensive?  I get this question often from my customers and it is such a lucky find when you have hardwood flooring underneath the carpet.

Westchester NY hardwood flooring white plainsMost customers prefer hardwood flooring - it looks nicer, it improves your home's value and it's easier to clean.  And, any realtor will tell you that homes with hardwood floors will sell faster and at a higher price.

What seems to be a pleasant surprise to a lot of people is that it usually costs less to refinish your hardwood floors than to recarpet them.  Refinishing hardwood is often less expensive than most people think and also, you are working with an asset you already have  - hardwood floors.  Contrast that to buying new carpet...where you need to purchase the materials + take care of the labor.  Pending on the quality of the carpet, that price can often be a lot higher, especially with gas prices increasing (carpet is petroleum based).

Hardwood flooring  is usually easier to maintain and less expensive to maintain.  Hardwood can really last for hundreds of years (in fact, I've refinished floors that were made in th 18th and 19th century.  Carpeting is, on average, replaced every 5-7 yrs.  Usually, it's replaced far before the warranty technically runs out...due to all the stains.  Cleaning your carpets annually (professionally) will definitely improve their appearance and help prolong their life.  But, this is an additional expense you don't have with hardwood floors.

In the short-term, adding hardwood floors will cost more than carpet, but in the long term will cost less.  And, if you already have hardwood flooring, it is clearly less expensive to refinish it rather than to replace the carpet.

 

If you are in Westchester NY/Stamford CT area and would like more advice on hardwood vs. carpet or, if you are interested in a FREE estimate, feel free to give us a call at 914-937-2950.

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Nina Rogoff
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Medfield, MA
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Congratulations on the feature, Debbie! Hardwood floor is definitely what buyers want to see! I didn't know it was less expensive to refinish hardwood than to install carrpeting. Good to have that information.

Jan 27, 2011 05:37 PM #77
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Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
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Virgina - Yes, putting is laminate is definitely not the same.

Janet - Lucky you.  I'm sure it will be beautiul.

Lyn - Yes, you are so right.

Rodney - Yes, same here in NY/CT

Susan - Thank you so much.  That is so good to hear w/ your w/ your client.  Hardwood is a huge asset.

Nina - Thx a bunch.  Yes, refinishing existing wood is less expensive...and that's the part a lot of people don't realize.

Jan 27, 2011 08:20 PM #78
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Dagny Eason
Dagny's Real Estate - Wilton, CT
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Debbie - I am definitely pulling this into my website with your permission!   Great post, and something everyone wonders about.

Jan 28, 2011 12:53 AM #79
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Corinne Guest
Corinne Guest, REALTOR® | Barrington Realty Company - Barrington, IL
Barrington Lifestyles

I would never know hardwood could last that long. We have some gaps in ours in two rooms and I am wondering if we should switch it out. We are planning on moving in 3 to 4  years time.

Jan 28, 2011 05:47 AM #80
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Gail Robinson
William Raveis Real Estate - Southport, CT
CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT

The right floor refinisher can do wonders with hardwood floors.  When we bought our 1920's home, the floors looked awful.  There were stains from pets, for example.  We stayed in a hotel until the floors were refinished before moving our furniture in.  I have to say what was the worst feature of the home became it's best feature as our Douglas Fir hardwood floors came to life with beautiful hues ranging from gold to red to brown.  Even our kitchen floor has hardwood.

Jan 28, 2011 03:14 PM #82
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Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
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Dagny - Anytime.  Thx for reblogging.  I really appreciate that.

Corinne - If you're moving in a few yrs, from a practicality standpoint, I would prob. leave them and just refinish.  Also, the gaps look worse in the winter; the wood will tighten a bit in spring/summer when it gets warmer and more humid.  Alternatively, if it's just one area, you could redo a section and refinish the entire floor at same time.  Hard to tell wo/ seeing.

Gail - That is so true!  not a a job for amateurs.  If there are pet stains, if you have a professions, it's easy to replace sections and weave them in.  Good that you were able to stay somewhere else.

Jan 28, 2011 09:22 PM #83
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Margaret Woda
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Debbie, I waited til this rolled off the feature board and re-blogged it.  Often I disable comments on a re-blog, but I didn't here because I'm targeting this post to one area of my neighborhood and posting it to Localism.  Hopefully Activerainers will click through and comment on the original post.  Nice article. 

Jan 29, 2011 11:48 PM #84
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Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Margaret - Thx so much.  Yes, I sometimes do the same thing...reblog after it's gone off the feature board.  Thx for the reblog.

Jan 29, 2011 11:53 PM #85
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Debbie,

Excellent advice and congrats on the feature! We recommend Floor Coverings International in Austin - Robert Peoples. They do a great job and Robert would advise the same on hardwood flooring.

Jan 30, 2011 12:03 AM #86
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Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Dorie - That is so coooooolllll.  I know both Robert & Julie very well.  They are 2 of my faves. I will see them next week and tell them you say hi.  I talk to them on the phone at least once a month.

Jan 30, 2011 12:28 AM #87
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Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Debbie - When I bought my own home in 1983, it was a cosmetic fixer.  When I moved in, I immediately tore out the old tangerine colored shag carpet, in preparation for recarpeting.  Imagine my joy to find near perfect hardwood floors beneath.  I love my hardwood floors!

Jan 30, 2011 02:11 AM #88
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Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Hi Myrl.  I know that tangerine shag...we've pulled it up on more than one occasion.  Oh, and it comes in a lovely green and brown, too.  uggh. 

So glad you had hardwood underneath.  What a lucky discovery.

Jan 30, 2011 04:55 AM #89
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Chris Olsen
Olsen Ziegler Realty - Cleveland, OH
Broker Owner Cleveland Ohio Real Estate

Hi Debbie -- Since you asked...here is a link to the Granary Oak we used in our old home when we did a kitchen remodel. This link is to the company's site, since links are "no follows" in AR.  This wood looks similar to your background photo here.

Jan 30, 2011 04:05 PM #90
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David Popoff
DMK Real Estate - Darien, CT
Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct

Nice post Debbie, you are the expert here in Westchester County and Fairfield County, Congrats.

Jan 31, 2011 01:10 AM #91
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Chris Smith
Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage - New Tecumseth, ON
South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta

Great post Debbie, I have a great listing with gleaming re-finished hardwood floors, and everybody that has seen this home loves the floors.

Jan 31, 2011 01:49 AM #92
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Margaret Woda
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. - Crofton, MD
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Debbie, I just linked to this from my outside blog, FocusOnCrofton.com

Feb 04, 2011 04:18 AM #93
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Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
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In our community, many of the old homes have hardwood under the carpet. I suppose adding carpet was at one time the "new and modern" thing to do. Now I'm thinking about adding hardwood in my newer home when it's time to replace the carpets.

It HAS to be easier to keep clean with 3 dogs and 2 cats shedding constantly, but I am concerned about toenail scratches.

May 18, 2011 05:28 PM #94
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Chuck Carstensen
RE/MAX Results - Elk River, MN
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So helpful again!  This one will get several reblogs!

Jul 15, 2011 01:19 AM #95
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Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
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Chris - that is is really cool looking wood.  Nice choice.

David - Thx  You are so sweet

Margaret - Wow, thx so much.  I really appreciate that.

Marte - yes, I guess it was the style once.  And, yes, it will be much easier to keep clean.

Chuck - Thank you.  You are too kind.

Jul 15, 2011 04:36 AM #96
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In the short-term, adding hardwood floors will cost more than carpet, but in the long term will cost less. And, if you already have hardwood flooring, it is clearly less expensive to refinish it rather than to replace the carpet.

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