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Debbie Gartner

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President & Owner (8 years experience)

Specialties:
General Contracting,
Interior Design,
Flooring: hardwood, carpet, tile

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What would be more cost effective/refinishing hardwood or replacing carpet?

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As I mentioned in a previous response, in general, refinishing your floors will give you a better return on investment, especially if you are selling your house.  Generally, refinishing hardwood costs less than adding new carpet, and it definitely improves the home's value. It will also help it sell faster.You can read more about it in this article: [hotlink deleted by Zillow moderator. Please see our Good Neighbor Policy for posting guidelines]The exception to this would be if the hardwood is severely damaged and needs a lot of repair.  Usually, even with minor or moderate repair, it will still be a better return to refinish the floors.Debbie Gartner, aka The Flooring GirlOwner of Floor Coverings International in Westchester NY

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What is the average cost to refinish hardwood floors for about 800sq ft,

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Yes, the prices can vary by state, and it depends what type of wood you have, whether it's stain, natural, etc.I just wrote a post on this topic.  It outlines the general costs for our area of the country (Westchester NY) and it explains the types of factors that could increase the cost.http://theflooringgirl.com/blog/how-much-does-it-cost-to-sand-refinish-hardwood-floors-westchester.htmlCosts for refinishing hardwood in Westchester CountyI'm not sure if they will leave the link here or not, but I think you'll find this helpful.  If not, maybe google "costs for refinishing hardwood floors in Westchester county"  and/or adding The flooring Girl to that search.It will save you money if you move the furniture yourself.  In general, the more you can do at once, the lower the total cost as there are minimums. If you call some contractors, they can price it out for you and let you know where the cut-offs will be if you break into phases.  Angie's List is a great place to find good contractors and your real estate agent may be a good resource as well.Good luck with your project.

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Should I put hardwood or tile in a kitchen?

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Personally, I prefer hardwood, but both hardwood and tile have pros and cons.  I wrote a whole blog post on this topic, and I hope you find it helpful.[deleted by ZIllow moderator. Please see our Good Neighbor Policy for posting guidelines]

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Should I put hardwood or tile in a kitchen?

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Personally, I prefer hardwood, but both hardwood and tile have pros and cons.  I wrote a whole blog post on this topic, and I hope you find it helpful.[deleted by ZIllow moderator. Please see our Good Neighbor Policy for posting guidelines]

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Wood Floors Vs. Tile in Kitchen

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They both can work, but personally I prefer hardwood.  This will help make your space look larger and works especially well with an open floor plan. It seems to be more in style as well.  It's easier of your feet, warmer and easier to clean.  Below is a blog post I wrote on the pros and cons for both hardwood and tile.  They both have advantages and disadvantages.  I hope this is helpful.[website deleted by Zillow moderator. Please see our Good Neighbor Policy for posting guidelines]Oh, and related to some concerns above about water damage, remember that hardwood can always be sanded and refinished vs. when tile is damaged, you need to replace the entire floor.

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Kitchen Flooring: Hardwood or Tile

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They both can work, but personally I prefer hardwood.  This will help make your space look larger and works especially well with an open floor plan. It seems to be more in style as well.  It's easier of your feet, warmer and easier to clean.  Below is a blog post I wrote on the pros and cons for both hardwood and tile.  They both have advantages and disadvantages.  I hope this is helpful.[website deleted by Zillow moderator. Please see our Good Neighbor Policy for posting guidelines]

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Kitchen flooring for new home- Hardwood versus Tile

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We install all types of flooring, and over the last several years, hardwood seems to be most popular.  It should help you w/ resale value as well.  In fact, we have lots of people moving into new homes that rip up perfectly good tile to install hardwood in their kitchens.I wrote a whole blog post on the pros/cons on both surfaces.  And, yes, I would recommend that you add some sort of a mat by the sink and/or key cooking areas.[deleted by Zillow modeerator. Please see our Good Neighbor Policy for posting guidelines]Hope this helps.

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What would be more cost effective/refinishing hardwood or replacing carpet?

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By far, refinishing your hardwood floors will cost less than replacing it with new carpet - I know since I do both of these.  It will also improve your house value, last longer and be easier & less expensive to maintain.You are in  a very lucky position.Debbie Gartner, owner Floor Coverings International - Westchester NY and Stamford CT. [link removed by moderator]

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What better hardwood floors or carpet in a bedroom?

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It depends on what is most important to you (or whether you are selling the home now/soon). Most people prefer hardwood - it improves value, lasts longer and easier to clean.  But, I have other customers who prefer carpet for their bedrooms since it's warmer and soft on feet (of course with hardwood you can add an area rug).  Hardwood will cost more (at least in the short-term).  But, since it lasts longer, it will usually cost less in the long run.Debbie Gartner, owner Floor Coverings International - Westchester NY and Stamford CT. [link removed by moderator]

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Non Toxic Finishing for Hard Wood Floors

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In general, water based polyurethanes will have lower VOC's/less bad stuff.  But, they don't usually last as long as oil-based and they tend to have a duller finish.  So, it's a trade off.If you're not living in the home yet, you may want to reconsider oil since it's being done while you're out of the house.  It will look better and last longer.Debbie Gartner, owner Floor Coverings International - Westchester NY and Stamford CT. [link removed by moderator]

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