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When I moved into my current home, I spent a lot of time cleaning the existing flooring. The kitchen, mudroom, and bathrooms all contained linoleum floors. The rest of the home was carpeted. No matter how hard I worked, I failed to remove the hairspray from the linoleum flooring in the bathrooms. I also could never remove the stains out of the carpet. Thankfully, I decided to I replace my carpet and linoleum floors with hardwood ones a couple of years ago. Since then, I’ve been able to simplify the cleaning process. I spend much less time scrubbing floors; and, my floors look cleaner than they ever did before. On this blog, you will learn the benefits of purchasing hardwood flooring.

Floor Vs. Carpet: What To Do With Those Newly Discovered Old Floors


If you're in the midst of a house remodeling project and have found old wood floors underneath the carpet you've just pulled up, you might be considering trying to save the floors instead of replacing the carpet. That is a viable option; it's not unusual for the floors to be in pretty good shape despite carpet nails, stains, and the occasional broken board. But whether you can refinish the floor or will have to replace it -- or if you should just place new carpet over the whole thing -- depends on a few factors.

Mess Factor

Any work you do on the floor is going to cause some mess; the question is, how much mess are you willing to put up with? Simply covering the floor back up with new carpet will be the least messy of the choices you have. Devote a little time at first to removing the old carpet staples and then install the pad and carpet of your choice. Give the new carpet a swipe with the vacuum, and you're essentially done.

If you want to have hardwood floors, replacing might be the least messy choice, though not by much. You're going to have a lot of wood ripped up, old subflooring replaced or braced, and new stain added to the planks. Refinishing the wood would entail sanding down the current planks so that all of the stains and old finish are removed, and that can require a lot of preparation to control the dust from the sanding. You'll then have to replace any boards that are rotting or broken.

If mess is a concern and you want a minimum of dust, installing new carpet over the floors may actually be the way to go for you. But if you're OK with temporary mess and can isolate the room for a bit, refinishing or replacing could work quite well, especially if you have a professional, like those at Idaho Hardwood Flooring, do the work.

Original Reasons

Why did you pull up the old carpet to begin with? If it was simply old, and you aren't dead set on having carpet, trying to refinish or replace the flooring you find can be an interesting project that results in terrific-looking floors.

However, if you pulled up the old carpet because you specifically wanted carpet in that room, refinishing or replacing the floors could become an unnecessary project that might not have the right results. Hardwood floors are beautiful, but refinishing and replacing shouldn't be done on a whim. If you were hoping for carpet, install new carpet over the floors.


Refinishing wins in terms of cost. While it can take time, all you're really doing is removing the top layer of the boards and adding new finish. Replacing the entire floor is going to be much more expensive because you'll be bringing in all new flooring materials plus new underlayment. Carpet costs can vary because the price per square foot of carpet can differ wildly, but adding new carpet is often seen as quite expensive compared to refinishing.


Adding new carpet is the fastest option because, as mentioned before, you're just putting down a new pad and rolling and stapling in a new carpet. Refinishing may actually be the more time-consuming of the bunch because of dust and vapor control. Replacing the floor is often in the middle, requiring more time than carpet but less time than refinishing.

Subfloor Issues

If you think something is wrong with the subfloor, then you have to rip out the old floor and install a new one after fixing the subfloor problems. You won't be able to access the subfloor when refinishing or adding carpet, and if there are loose sections that squeak uncontrollably when you step on them, for example, you're not going to be able to fix them without direct access to the subfloor. Once the subfloor is fixed, then you can debate adding new wood for a wood floor or continuing to create a carpeted floor, though at that point, just having a new, finished wood floor put in may be easiest.

If you'd like more information about what to do with an old wood floor, contact flooring companies, refinishing contractors, and carpet installers. Get estimates and definitely have the flooring companies inspect the old floor. They can give you advice regarding the state of the floor and if it would be a good candidate for something like refinishing.


16 January 2016