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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 Alexandria 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.

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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 Alexandria 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 Alexandria 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.

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What Our Customers Say

Very professional and timely installation, awesome customer service. We would definitely use this company for our flooring needs. Great job Rich!
Joyce Williams 07/13/24 — google
Jared and his team are amazing my floors look awesome !!!!
Debra Bates 07/10/24 — google
I am really excited and pleased with the floor and stair install in my home by Footprint Floors. Jared and the installers were very professional and did a great job. They were easy to work with and I appreciated their attention to details. I am glad that I chose this team for our job. I am recommending them to neighbors and friends.
Carolyn Ashby 06/26/24 — google
Footprints Floors did a great job installing new tile for my fireplace! After dealing with another contractor that was terrible, Footprints Floors did an excellent job of communicating, providing great suggestions and getting the job done quickly! Highly recommended
Marjorie Boursiquot 06/26/24 — google
Great work. Finished quickly. Would recommend
Guy Scafidi 06/4/24 — google
Used Footprints for a kitchen backsplash install. Jared was great to work with - very communicative and punctual. The crew that did the install was also awesome, efficient and the final product looks great. I would maybe take a half star off of the review just because the only room for improvement with these guys is giving a little bit more guidance on what materials to purchase ahead of time - I ended up being instructed to buy way too much tile and other supplies that weren't needed and then also had to scramble the day of install to get stuff I didn't know about. In the end no big deal, just led to making some returns. Overall super happy!
Jennifer Knutzen 05/30/24 — google
From the quote to the install , cleanup and final walk through, professional courteous and ready with a smile. The people make this company the right choice for our flooring installation
Bashman2u 05/25/24 — google
Great job from Jared and team. Had a half bathroom job. Team came in and knocked it out in less than 2 hrs. Excellent work. Would highly recommend
Derrick Jones 04/29/24 — google
Outstanding job renewing our hardwood floors! The team was very professional, courteous and knowledgeable which helped with picking out the perfect stain! We couldn’t be happier!!
Herman Green 04/12/24 — google
Jared and his team are amazing. Clean, thorough, and reasonably priced.
Louis Kleiman 04/2/24 — google
Great experience with Jared and his crew. Quality work, honest pricing, and great customer care. 10/10 would recommend if you're looking to get your floors done. Quoted and floors refinished within 4 days with no fuss or hassle.
Anthony Ware II 03/27/24 — google
Finished everything on time and efficiently. Other than a few minor inconsistencies with spacing, everything came out great
James R H 03/27/24 — google
Jared and the Footprint Floors team did such a phenomenal job taking care of our floor replacement in our basement. Jared made sure the job was done on time and helped facilitate a number of things to help us decide on floor style. He also got our drywall and paint on the walls taken care of. We couldn’t recommend Floorprint higher. The quality is great and we are so happy with our new room!
Kasey Smith 03/25/24 — google
I'm really pleased! Jared was very easy and thoughtful to work with, and my kitchen flooring result is exactly what I hoped for. He presented a professional contract quickly after our in home discussion, and the work was completed promptly.
Stephanie Bianco 03/21/24 — google
Great service Jared and his team were great to work with.
Jacob Patterson 03/5/24 — google
Highly recommend the company and its services. Jared was extremely helpful in providing suggestions for me in order to cut costs but still accomplish my goal. He took his time assessing some issues in my floors and took the time to have an additional person come out for a consultation. The consult and two full days work were done within a week- I could not be happier. Highly recommend and will likely use again when I’m ready to do other work with the rest of my floors!
Caitlin Walker 02/23/24 — google
Jared was a wonderful person to work with and his team was polite, neat and skilled. We were quite impressed !
Chaya Levy 02/17/24 — google
Amazing customer service! Super helpful throughout the entire process! Loved the “shopping list” that came with the estimate. The installers were beyond professional and friendly. 5 ⭐️
Shelly Norris 02/8/24 — google
Wonderful experience. Jared is an honest, standup guy, and his installation crew was very professional.
Bill Mould 02/6/24 — google
Jared has been very responsive to our calls and concerns I have enjoyed doing business with his company.
Laura Alrutz 02/5/24 — 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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