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

Reblogger Cheryl Ritchie
Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Leading Edge www.GoldenResults.com 71785

I get this question a lot, too. Should you refinish the floors or replace the carpet? I would go with refinish the floors if at all possible. Some Purchasers have allergies so this is definitely a preferred option. Not to mention the rich look and marketable resale further down the road.

Original content by Debbie Gartner

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.


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Debbie Gartner
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Cheryl - Thank you so much for reblogging.  I really appreciate it.  Excellent point about this being better for people w/ allergies and/or asthma.

Jan 26, 2011 10:42 AM #1
Dave Halpern
Keller Williams Realty Louisville East (502) 664-7827 - Louisville, KY
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Sometimes carpet covers up unfixable hardwood floor stains or other deep damage including holes filled with plywood, etc. You never know until the carpet is entirely removed.

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