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How to Choose Flooring

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Every aspect of a home plays an important role in your comfort. You want your home to reflect your personal style, as well as meet the needs of your daily routine. Choosing the right flooring is a huge part of that.

So, how does one choose the right flooring? Should floors be lighter or darker than the walls? Should every room have the same flooring? How often do you want to clean it? Read about the different types of flooring and find the answers to these questions below.

Once you know how to choose flooring for your home, Footprints Floors is here to provide professional installation. Contact Footprints Floors today for a free estimate!

Types of Home Flooring

There are many different kinds of flooring to reflect every kind of style. Choosing flooring for your home - or even a particular room - depends on a number of lifestyle and environmental factors. Here is a brief overview of five different kinds of flooring:

Solid Hardwood


Hardwood is a classic for a reason. Adding hardwood flooring to your home can add to your home value, potentially increasing the resale price. It’s hypoallergenic and easy to clean. If you want to change the color at any point, hardwood can be sanded and refinished - something Footprints Floors can take care of for you.

Hardwood floors come in a variety of colors and finishes for every style, and offer different levels of durability depending on where they’re located in the home (and whether or not you have, say, toddlers or pets running around). Hardwood floors can be glued directly to concrete and have some insulation properties that may help lower energy bills over time.

Laminate


This material is budget-friendly, easy to clean, stain and scratch-resistant, and super durable. It can be installed over most existing floors if you want to change up the look of your home without having to rip out old flooring. This material is a great option for sunny rooms because it resists fading from UV light.

Engineered Hardwood


If you live in a place with high humidity or greatly varying temperatures throughout the year but love the look of solid hardwood, consider engineered hardwood instead. Engineered hardwood expands and contracts less than solid hardwood, meaning it can even be used in a basement and with radiant heat. It’s available in a variety of colors and finishes, and it costs less than traditional solid hardwood.

Ceramic, Porcelain and Stone Tile


Tile is waterproof so it's the favorite for use in kitchens, bathrooms and basements. Tile is low maintenance and can increase your home’s value. From the material to the look, tile provides tons of options for style, color and textures - even tile that looks like wood if you like the look of hardwood but want something different. It can even be installed outdoors on a patio, or in direct sunlight, and it’s easy to repair.

Luxury Vinyl Plank or Tile


Vinyl is making a comeback. It comes in a variety of colors, patterns and textures; it’s durable, attractive and affordable. Vinyl is a great option for homes with lots of pets or kids because of its durability, and it’s also a quieter option than ceramic or hardwood floors (no click-click-click of heels or dog toenails). Vinyl can be installed over most floors, so if you want a change you don’t need to remove existing flooring. All vinyl is water-resistant and some of it is even waterproof, making it a great option for bathrooms and kitchens. It’s easy to clean and stain resistant.

If you’re someone who loves to cook big meals, vinyl is more shock-absorbent than other flooring, making it good for standing for long periods (or accidentally dropping dishes. It happens).

The Right Flooring For You


When you’re wondering what flooring to choose, there’s always the big question: Should you use the same flooring throughout your home? The answer? You can if you want to. However, some rooms require different flooring based on moisture content. For example, even if you love the look of hardwood, it’s probably not the best choice for your bathroom.

You should keep the look of your flooring consistent in one continuous space, but feel free to change it up at naturally existing barriers like walls or doors. If you feel strongly about having the same look throughout your home with your floors, picking something like laminate or vinyl that works in every room is a great option.

As for colors, darker floors next to lighter walls can help make a room feel more spacious. However, if you have low ceilings, a floor that is lighter than the walls can create an illusion of height. In the end, it’s up to your personal preference, and what you think will look best with already existing decor.

Now that you know more about different kinds of flooring, it's also time to consider your lifestyle. How often do you need to (or want to) clean? Do you have young children or pets that make messes?

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If you are searching for floor installers in Carmel, you have come to the right place. Footprints Floors Carmel has some of the highest ratings, thanks to our quality craftsmanship and incredible customer service.

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What Our Customers Say

Tom gave us some great advice on what we should do about some trouble we were having with our engineered hardwood floor.
Jackie Beale 02/23/23 — google
We had the crew install a backsplash and laminate floor. They did a great job. The crews were on time and 100% cleaned up at the end of each work day, no tools or equipment lying around. When they pulled up the laminate flooring and found that the floor was very unlevel, they were able to offer a solution at a reasonable cost. The crew manager helped us figure out what we needed to supply, ie grout, mortar, transition pieces etc, and provided a list which was very helpful and saved some money from having them pick everything up. I would 100% recommend them and they will be my only call when we need wok completed in the future. As a matter of fact, they will be coming in the spring to refinish our hardwood floors!
Lori Aubin 02/5/23 — google
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

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