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If you have hardwood underneath the carpet, is it better to refinish the hardwood or replace the carpet?

Hardwood floor refinishing in White Plains NY 10605Do you have hardwood underneath your carpet? If so, you may have just discovered a pot of gold. Consider yourself lucky as you now have options and may be able to improve your home’s value and save money at the simultaneously!

Most homeowners in White Plains prefer hardwood flooring – it looks nicer, it’s more in style, it improves your home’s value, it lasts longer and it’s easier to clean. And, your real estate agent will tell you that homes with hardwood flooring will sell faster and at a higher price.


refinish hardwood floors in White Plains NYWhat seems to be an additional pleasant surprise to most Westchester homeowners is that it’s usually less expensive 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 plus 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).


refinish hardwood floors in White Plains New YorkHardwood flooring is usually easier to maintain and less expensive to maintain compared to carpet. Hardwood can really last for hundreds of years (in fact, I’ve refinished floors that were made in the 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.


Hardwood flooring tends to be better for those with allergies or asthma. Not only will this improve the overall air quality for you and your family, but it will also make your home more appealing for your guests and well as potential buyers, if you are about to put your house on the market. I’m amazed by how many of my customers tell me that they or one member of their family is allergic or sensitive to dust, so they must have hardwood flooring.

Debbie Gartner - The Flooring GirlIf you live in White Plains and would like more advice on refinishing hardwood floors or hardwood vs. carpet or, if you are interested in a FREE estimate, feel free to give The Flooring Girl a call at 914-937-2950.

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If you have hardwood underneath the carpet, is it better to refinish the hardwood or replace the carpet in your Westchester County Home?

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