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Question DetailsAsked on 6/16/2011

Refinish or replacing hardwood floors

What a timely article! I am considering having my hardwood floors refinished after 30+ years of covering them with carpeting. What do I need to do first to determine if it’s practical to have it done, or if I need to have them replaced? If I remove the current carpet and pad, would I just get estimates from separate companies? I assume that one company probably would not do both, is that likely? And can you ballpark the difference in cost?

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There are actually companies that will remove the carpet and refinish your floors. I found one right away on the List in the Seattle area under the 'Flooring Sales/Installation/Repair' category, but you could also check the 'Hardwood Flooring Sales/Installation/Repair' category for more. Get a few estimates before you choose a company–the experts will know best whether your floors are repairable or if you should replace them, and much depends on the condition of the floors before they were carpeted over. I can't ballpark a guess because there's a lot that goes into the estimates, including the size of the room/rooms. Thanks for your questions! Let me know how it goes.

Answered 9 years ago by Angie's List


The beauty of hardwood floors can usually be restored by sanding and finishing with Polyurethane. Most companies will remove the existing carpet for you. Sometimes wood floors are damaged from pets having accidents on the carpet that will soak through to the hardwood floors. You will need a professional to determine if their is damage and to what extent that damage is. Depending on where you live you can expect to pay between $2.00 and $5.00/ft to refinish.

Answered 9 years ago by Al Monti

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