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Do Hardwoods Add Value?

Thinking about replacing/refinishing your floors? Is it worth the cost? According to Realtor.com, homeowners and renters across the United States prefer hardwood floors as their flooring of choice. 

But is it worth the cost? The national average cost to have your hardwoods refinished is $2-$4/sqft and with 1000sqft of hardwoods, that bill hurts. Here are some statistics that might help you decide on whether to leave the pee stained carpet or not:

1.) Sell Faster. Through a national homebuyers survey, Realtor.com concluded that 82% of homes sell faster and for more money. 

2.) Renters Want It. HGTV conducted a similar study and found that "54% of renters were willing to pay more for a home with hardwood flooring". The cost might be more upfront but if you are trying rent (and fill your space quickly), hardwood floors bring a "wow" factor that carpet just can't. 

3.) Carpet is cheaper...and lasts 15 years max. With the average cost to have carpet installed is $3-$5/sqft, carpet is the much less expensive option....upfront. Even the best carpet has a life expectancy of ~15years. That is with regular maintenance, no animals, and kids. With proper maintenance of hardwood floors, they can last more than a lifetime. 

Hardwood floors have been used since the 1600's and will continue to be used for the rest of time with its natural feel, easy of maintenance, and customizability. 

 

How Long Will My Hardwood Floors Last?

How long will my new hardwood floors last?

This is a question we receive quite often from our clients. There are many factors that we take into account when answering this question. The main question we ask is:

What is your life style? 

  • How many people will be walking on the floor consistently? 
  • Do you have kids?
  • Do you have any pets? How heavy are they?
  • Do you have people over at your house often?
  • What type of finish is your top coat? Prefinished? Oil-Based Poly? Water-Based Poly?
  • How many coats of finish do you have?

These are just some of the factors that must be taken into consideration. Below is a general  timeline of some general lifestyles.

  • If you are two adult professionals who do not entertain a lot of guests, the coatings should last between 10 to 15 years in the main traffic areas.

  • If you are two adult professionals who do entertain a lot of guests, the coatings should last between 6 to 8 years.

  • If you are a family of two adultstwo children, and a couple of pets, the coatings will last between 4 to 7 years.

Does this mean you have to refinish your floors every 4-7? Yes and No. No you dont have to have a Full Refinish every 4-7 years BUT we highly recommend getting your floors "Re-Coated" every 4-7. This process is fast, odorless, walkable in 3-5 hours, and well over half the cost of a full refinish. What a new coat of polyurethane does is it adds another layer of protection to your floors, extending the life of the floors usually for another 3-5 years.

Doing this every 4-6 years will prevent you from ever having to fully refinishing your floors again. Don't wait until it is too late and "wear" begins to show.