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Hardwood Floor Refinishing vs Carpet

Thursday, Aug. 9th 2018

What is your position on hardwood floor refinishing or installation versus carpeting? If you are considering putting your home on the market and trying to determine which would be the best choice for your floors – hardwoods or carpeting – Armstrong-Citywide offers a few reasons why hardwood floor refinishing or installation can be a better choice than carpeting.

  1. Hardwood floors add value to your home.

  2. Hardwood floors are cleaner and look better.

  3. Hardwood floors do not trigger allergic reactions.

Hardwood floors are beautiful to look at, have great durability and versatility. They may require a more significant investment up front than carpeting, but hardwood flooring is a better choice because in the long run, they last much longer than carpet.

In the past homeowners have preferred putting carpeting down on their floors and there are many types to choose from – all colors, grades and types. But in more recent years the flooring of choice for more and more homeowners is hardwood, for a variety of reasons.

The beauty and durability of hardwood floor refinishing increases the value of a home and is a great selling point when you’re putting it on the market. The National Association of Realtors reports that 54% of home buyers are willing to pay more if it has hardwood floors, and they report that 90% of homes with hardwood floors sell faster and at higher prices.

Armstrong citywide kansas city hardwood floor refinishing under carpet.jpgMany homeowners prefer carpet in the bedrooms because they like a softer surface and carpet also helps reduce noise. However, homeowners with hardwood floors can strategically place area rugs around the home for warmth and comfort as well as adding decorative interest.

The cost of installing hardwood floors will be more upfront, but tends to have a significantly longer life span than carpet. Hardwood floors can last forever. Hardwood floors are easy to take care of. Weekly vacuuming and dust mopping keeps them looking good and they don’t hold smells and allergens. Spills can simply be wiped up. 

Carpeting must be replaced when it is worn out and stained and cannot be successfully cleaned after years of use. Hardwood floors may require refinishing after 10 years or so, but the cost is much less than buying all new carpeting. Carpets get dirty and stained, and retain odors and dirt. People with allergies can be severely affected by dust and debris trapped in carpet fibers. Carpets require almost daily vacuuming and periodic shampooing.

Hardwood floors withstand heavy foot traffic much better than carpeting does. The average wood floor lasts ten years before it needs any maintenance like professional cleaning or refinishing. When refinished, it will last another ten years or more. Solid hardwood floors can be refinished many times, the color and finish can be changed as well to keep your home up to date.

Hardwood floor refinishing by Armstrong-Citywide is the highest quality flooring and meets the highest standards, adhering to the manufacturer’s guidelines. Our professionals install hardwood floors that will add value to your home and look good for years to come.

We have been repairing, refinishing, and installing hardwood floors in the greater Kansas City Metro for more than 60 years, serving the communities of Belton, Blue Springs, Independence, Lee’s Summit, Raymore, Waldo, Roeland Park, Shawnee, Stanley, Stilwell, Springhill & Gardner; Leawood, Lenexa, Mission, Mission Hills, Olathe, Overland Park, Prairie Village, Brookside, The Plaza, Westport, Gladstone, Liberty & Parkville.

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Floor Care Tip

No matter where you live whether it’s Overland Park, Shawnee, Lenexa, Olathe or anywhere in the K.C. Metro area we all struggle with dust in our homes.

When cleaning your hardwood floors, we recommend using Bona X or Windex window cleaner without ammonia. A flat terry cloth changeable mop is your best bet. We suggest wetting the terry cloth mop with the Bona X or Windex to moist state, much like towel dried hair. Lightly mist your hardwood floors, straight out of the bottle either cleaner, so that your mop will glide easily across the floor. If you are leaving streaks you are using to much cleaner. Your floor should end up dustless and clean as a whistle. To check to see if you are getting your floor clean, spray a little cleaner on the floor and wipe dry with a white paper towel. If it is still white then your wood floors are clean.

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