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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 Carmel 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 Carmel 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 Carmel 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

Footprints Flooring did amazing work refinishing my original hardwood floors!! They got me on the schedule for just days after my quote, they were professional, and efficient with their time. I was blown away by the final product and so happy with my choice to have them do this job for me. They made sure I was satisfied with the choice of color and the final product and answered any/all questions I had. 10/10 would recommend
Kalyn Schreiber 01/20/23 — google
We cannot say enough good things about Footprints Floors! From Tom coming to measure, Craig overseeing the project, and the amazing dedicated team of installers….we could not be more pleased! Our house is very old (late 1800’s and add-on in 1930’s) - the team had to level the floors before vinyl plank could be installed. Additional work that was done to give us the best quality product and floors we will enjoy for years to come!! Thank you all at Footprints Floors!
Karen Hawkins 01/17/23 — google
Professional, detailed work - couldn’t be happier with the results of my kitchen backsplash replacement - thanks again!
Jason Bartley 12/26/22 — google
We were thrilled with the work that Footprints did on our flooring project. Craig did a great job managing the project and the crew working on our floors were meticulous in the installation. Great experience and great pricing. I would totally recommend them for any flooring project.
C Krull 12/21/22 — google
This was a great team. They squeezed our project in close to the holiday and had a very good crew. They were professional, polite, and did a great job. They protected carpets and walls and cleaned up EVERYTHING. Supervisor checked in often and was always available if needed. Highly recommend this Footprints Floors Carmel.
Chris Hollingsworth 12/15/22 — google
Tom and Craig were very responsive to all my questions. The installers were polite and cleaned up after themselves. We definitely recommend their services!
sarah johnson 11/30/22 — google
Everyone I dealt with (Tom with sales and quoting), Craig (field manager), and the different team members who did the work were all very professional and courteous. After the job was done I found a couple things I didn’t like, Craig acted fast in getting the issues resolved. I would recommend this team to anyone.
Deanna Ruppel 11/23/22 — google
Our experience with Foot Prints was very positive. Everything about the process was professional and we will most definitely use them in the future.
Jane Aspy 11/11/22 — google
Tom and his team were all friendly and professional, and the floors look amazing!
Stephanie Jackson-Colbert 11/1/22 — google
They refinished our wood kitchen floor and did a great job. Nice people and efficient. I would definitely use them again and recommend them to others.
Phil Smith 10/12/22 — google
Fast, honest, great quality. Would use time and time again.
Dillon Dittemore 07/11/22 — google
Tom and his crew were awesome to work with! They tore out and replaced about 1200 sq ft of flooring in our new home. Our Floor & Decor product was delayed which pushed back our installation date, but Tom was quick to contact the store to find out what was going on and to reassure us that he was still there and ready to get our job done as soon as the materials arrived. The crew arrived right on time on the first day of install and got to work immediately. They were all friendly, respectful, and communicative. They kept us informed on what they were going to complete each day. We had some unexpected subfloor repairs, but they worked close to 12 hours each day in order to get our project completed on time. We highly recommend them!
Presley Gruwell 05/21/22 — google
Footprints installed new hardwood floor in our kitchen, then stained it to match existing hardwood in the three adjoining rooms. Finally they applied 3 coats of polyurethane sealer. Their pricing was the best quoted, installation team very hard working and professional and the work was inspected by the owner. They arrived on time and even came when weather had closed down schools and most local events to finish our last coat of sealer. We highly recommend their work and will use them again in the future!
Judy Gareis 02/8/22 — google
Tom was wonderful to work with and completely transparent regarding the project. Highly recommend.
Lori Young 01/11/22 — google
I highly recommend Footprints and can’t wait to use them again! After a burst pipe ruined my bedroom and hallway floor, Tom provided a quote that fit right in my budget and maintained great communication throughout the entire process. Luis and his crew installed new hardwoods in just a few days and were able to match the new floors to the existing hardwoods so that it all blended perfectly. I love my new hardwoods so much that I want to have more installed in the rest of my house!
Katie Odom 11/12/21 — google
Tom was very attentive to what I wanted from Footprints and what I could do before they installed the flooring. The installers were excellent and took measures to scar the flooring when moving appliances. It was nice that I didn't have to say anything to correct their work.
John T. 10/21/21 — HomeAdvisor
Everyone was professional and understanding of what I wanted. I will be referring them to other people.
Tanya B. 05/8/21 — HomeAdvisor
I'm so glad I went with Footprints Floors of Carmel! Tom was professional, exhibited high standards, especially in terms of work quality, and provided excellent value. Highly recommend!
William K. 05/5/21 — Thumbtack
Very personable, respectful and gives an honest assessment. Makes you feel comfortable and confident about the work that needs done.
Jared D. 04/6/21 — Thumbtack
It was a pleasure working with Tom and Nick along with David & Hector. A total professional and satisfying experience!!!
Bob J. 04/1/21 — HomeAdvisor

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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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