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There’s no better way to freshen up your space and add value to your home. But before you update your flooring, there are many choices to make. We’ve rounded up some flooring contractor FAQs in Akron / Canton to help you with your decision-making process. If you want more information, check out our web pages dedicated to different kinds of flooring.

No matter the flooring you choose, you can trust the qualified contractors hired by Footprints Floors to do the job right.


The first thing to figure out when updating your flooring is what flooring is right for the space. For a bathroom or kitchen where there will be lots of moisture and potentially water on the floor, something like tile or vinyl flooring is ideal because it’s durable and water-resistant. Hardwood flooring is a classic choice for other areas of your home, but you still need to choose between solid or engineered hardwood. Consider the upkeep of different flooring and the wear — do you have young kids or pets? Does the room receive much sun? Answer these questions first to help you decide the kind of flooring that will suit your needs.

It depends! Laminate and vinyl flooring can be installed directly over existing flooring, and solid hardwood can be glued directly onto concrete. Consider factors like the age and condition of your existing flooring and whether it will serve as a sturdy base for new flooring.

Contrary to popular belief, it is not difficult to care for wood flooring. You can simply vacuum hardwood floors to remove grit and debris and use a damp cloth or mop to wipe away dust. To reduce potential scratches, ensure footwear (i.e., heels) has proper plastic caps to prevent scratches, or ask guests to remove their shoes. As a bonus, you can switch up the look of your hardwood floors at any time through staining or refinishing.

You probably bumped into three terms when looking up hardwood flooring online: "painting," "staining," and "refinishing." "Painting" is obvious, but what about the others? A wood stain, usually applied by hand, is used to darken the color of the wood. The "finishing" process involves applying varnish and a coating of sealant, which adds gloss and protects the wood. "Refinishing" is the process of redoing your current flooring finish, revitalizing, and rejuvenating it.

Refinishing or restoring existing wood floors can save you tons of money! If you have old wood flooring that doesn’t look great, it can be tempting to rip it out and start over. But wood flooring is resilient and made to last. Most damage can be repaired, and refinishing or restoring can make wood floors look new. If you’re unsure whether your wood flooring can be saved, the experts at Footprints Floors can assess it.

This is another “it depends” situation. Solid hardwood flooring is more expensive than engineered hardwood. However, solid hardwood can be sanded and refinished more than engineered hardwood, so it may last longer. Engineered hardwood is more affordable and is more resistant to moisture and humidity. If you live in a place with high humidity or greatly varying temperatures, engineered hardwood flooring may be the right choice. Both look beautiful and are easy to take care of.

Laminate flooring is a budget-friendly type of layered flooring that can be made to look like pretty much anything. It’s typically made up of wood fibers compressed into a board or a plywood board. The board is then covered in an “image” layer — basically, a photo of whatever you want the flooring to look like (stone, wood, etc), and a “wear” layer, or protective layer. Some laminate may also have a backing layer made of cork or felt. Laminate is an affordable way to get the look of more expensive wood or stone flooring. It’s pretty durable, making it a great choice for homes with pets or kids, and it’s easy to clean. However, prolonged exposure to water can cause the wood part of the laminate to warp, making it unsuitable for rooms like bathrooms.

Laminate’s wood component makes it susceptible to water damage. Vinyl is an entirely synthetic material, which means it’s waterproof. As long as laminate is installed correctly, it’s fairly water-resistant, but still probably not a suitable choice for bathrooms or mudrooms where water might linger. Vinyl is extremely durable and comes in various of colors, textures, and styles. Both laminate and vinyl are great choices for homes with high traffic from kids and pets, and they’re easy to take care of — but whereas vinyl can go in any room in your home, remember to keep laminate out of the bathroom.

There is a much wider variety of colors, textures, and designs in tile flooring than in hardwood. Tile floors have a lifespan of over a century. Whether you're looking for a traditional or modern look, there is a tile pattern to suit you. Regarding durability, aesthetics, maintenance, and cost, tile is an excellent choice. It's also considered one of the most eco-friendly options for flooring in your home.

Ceramic tiles are made up of clay or other minerals that have been tightly compressed and heated in an oven. They can be glazed or unglazed and come in a variety of colors, shapes and sizes. Porcelain tiles are ceramic tiles that have been heated at an even greater temperature, making them more durable and less porous. Porcelain tiles are better suited for rooms with high moisture content like bathrooms, but their durability makes them an excellent choice for any room. However, ceramic tile is more affordable and still offers great durability.

We hope these flooring contractor FAQs in Akron / Canton have been helpful to you as your start your flooring journey. Contact Footprints Floors for a free estimate when you've found flooring you love. You can feel confident in a job well done with our licensed and certified contractors.

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Footprints Floors provides flooring installation services in Akron / Canton for both old and new homes. We handle the demolition and removal of the old flooring, as well as the necessary prep work for new flooring. We will even remove baseboards and reinstall them after completing the flooring installation.

Covering everything from design and installation to clean up, our team helps increase the value of your property with brand new hardwood floors. Contact us today to request a free estimate!

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What Our Customers Say

Mike and his team did a very fine job in installing my LVPs. It looks amazing! They were communicative throughout the whole process. Thank you!
Abigail Kim 09/18/23 — google
This is an outstanding company. They provide a great value. Great work; picky about getting things right, and on time. They have done two big jobs for us and I would hire them again.
James Wilson 09/5/23 — google
Excellent contractor! On time, great communication! My floor was installed properly and the trim work was done very well. I would hire again without hesitation.
Sue Hudeck 09/1/23 — google
Very customer focused and very responsive to our request. I highly recommend Footprints Floors of NEO for your flooring needs!
David Hoppe 08/24/23 — google
Mike and his team were fantastic! Communication was perfect; updating me every step of the way on the progress of the project. Always willing to answer my questions and explain things thoroughly. He was able to squeeze in my project to hit our tight dead line too, without compromising quality! 10/10 would recommend!
Hannah Henry 08/21/23 — google
They are honest and good people ,helpful and forthcoming with answers to any and all questions. will recommend.
John Young 08/10/23 — google
My experience was great, they did a fantastic job and my new floors are beautiful I couldn't be happier!
Bridget Williams 07/31/23 — google
Mike and his crew did a fantastic job refinishing our Brazilian Cherry floor. We are very pleased
Jim White 07/16/23 — google
Great work and on time completion
Timothy Moore 07/10/23 — google
I would recommend this company to anyone, very professional, on time, I found from getting quotes from other businesses, Footprints does mot price gouge. My husband & I are very pleased with the install. Thank you Mike & your crew!!
Lisa Brewster 06/30/23 — google
Mike and his son finished a project for me and it came out wonderful. I was stuck because my other contractor couldn't help me and needed my floors completed within a week. Mike came out on a Tuesday and had the job completed by that Saturday. Great company to work with. I highly recommend.
Dina Johnson 06/25/23 — google
Mike and his team did a great job of taking out our old flooring and installing new LVF flooring. We had uneven flooring and they were able to make it level. The whole process was done cleanly—virtually dustless. Love the final outcome!!!
Pamela Matthews 06/8/23 — google
Could not have asked for better. Very helpful, professional and a pleasure to work with. Highly recommend!
Christine Carroll 05/15/23 — google
I highly recommend Footprints Floors To refinish repair and restore your wood floors. Every step including repair, sanding, staining, and topcoating Is done with precision. They do excellent work.
Tynya Williams 05/4/23 — google
Service was exceptional, Gave me date & times & were always on time, workmanship is excellent. Finished job in two days as I was told. Cleaned up and helped put my house in order when they finished the Job
Flo Cassidy 04/27/23 — google
They corrected a bad DIY and left it beautiful
Kevin McGuffin 04/7/23 — google
Mike came to remove some damaged flooring and replace it with planks we had on hand. He was on time, explained beforehand what he was going to do, asked for our input and was very efficient and professional. The floor turned out beautiful. We would not hesitate to recommend him or use him again ourselves!
Anne Hanzl 03/29/23 — google
Mike and his crew were great to work with. On time. Great workmanship, and immaculate cleanup. Would highly recommend this group to anyone!!
Dianne Kelly 03/9/23 — google
We can’t begin to say how happy we are with their work. We were kept up to date, they were on time, did exceptional work, and we never thought stairs could look so beautiful. We would highly recommend this business.
Claudia Todd 03/2/23 — google
Mike Goff did a fantastic job on installing my bathroom floor! He was very professional and installed the floor quickly! No mess also!!! After seeing the floor installed I am confident that I chose the right company to install my bathroom floor! I will be using them in the future, for sure!!!
Laura Koncz 02/26/23 — google

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Footprints Floors is a one-of-a-kind residential flooring installation and restoration business. We offer high quality flooring installations and, with over a decade of dedication, we have quickly become the largest flooring contractor by striving to bring a higher level of customer service and sophistication to an industry where it was severely lacking. Our family-owned business is focused on customer satisfaction and quality results, all while passing savings on to you and yours through our low overhead model.

Footprints Floors is a one-of-a-kind residential flooring installation and restoration business. We offer high quality flooring installations and, with over a decade of dedication, we have quickly become the largest flooring contractor by striving to bring a higher level of customer service and sophistication to an industry where it was severely lacking. Our family-owned business is focused on customer satisfaction and quality results, all while passing savings on to you and yours through our low overhead model.

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