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Floor Refinishing vs. Restoration


Professional Hardwood Floor Refinishing in Chandler / Gilbert

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So you know your floors need help—but how do you know if they need to be restored or just refinished? There are several factors to keep in mind when making this decision and finding professional hardwood floor refinishing in Chandler / Gilbert. Understanding the needs of your hardwood floors can save you thousands of dollars and a good deal of stress.

Determine What Your Floors Need

There are three main factors to consider when determining if you need floor refinishing or restoration: the condition of your floors, the age of your floors, and the type of hardwood.

Hardwood floors in homes built after the 1940s with light scuffs or scratches, some wear from foot traffic and have lost a bit of shine probably just need to be refinished. Floors installed before the 1940s with more significant signs of damage (deeper scratches from furniture, or floorboards that are warped or cracked, for instance) will likely need to be restored instead.

If you’re not sure what your floors need, consult with a professional hardwood floor refinishing company like Footprints Floors. We’ll be able to advise you on whether your floors need to be restored or just refinished and provide you with a free estimate for the work.

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The Refinishing Process


Broken down, the steps to refinish a hardwood floor are very simple.

  • 1. Strip the floor of its current finishing.
  • 2. Sand or “screen” the floor to remove scratches or other signs of wear and tear from the surface.
  • 3. Give the floor a brand–new finish!

Refinishing a floor is not just a weekend project. Weather, the type of wood and the size of the floors you need refinished are all factors that play into how long a refinishing project takes. Also, despite the simplicity of the steps, a lot can go wrong. Uneven sanding or incorrect application of a finish can make your floors look worse than before.

As a professional hardwood floor refinishing company, the licensed contractors of Footprints Floors can get the job done quickly and correctly, so you aren’t inconvenienced in your home for long. And you can feel confident about the work done, so you don’t have to refinish your floors again for a long time.

The Restoration Process


Restoration of a hardwood floor is more labor intensive than refinishing. Hiring a company that understands different types of wood and how different kinds of damage will impact the restoration process is essential.

Some restoration steps are similar to refinishing—both require stripping away a current finish, sanding and applying a new finish. However, floor restoration involves more significant repairs and may even need patches of complete replacement. Depending on the depth of restoration required, these projects can take more than a week to complete.

Both refinishing and restoring floors are time–intensive, labor–intensive processes involving heavy, dangerous equipment. It is generally much more cost–effective and time–efficient to hire an outside contractor rather than attempt to do the job yourself.

The Best for Your Floor—and Your Budget Professional Hardwood Floor Refinishing in Chandler / Gilbert

Professional flooring refinishing near you in Chandler / Gilbert - Footprints Floors.

There are many things that homeowners can do to care for the hardwood floors in their homes. For instance, regular cleaning of your floors can help keep them looking nice and prevent long–term damage. Sweeping with soft–bristled brooms, regular vacuuming to remove dirt, and mopping with specialty hardwood floor cleaning solutions can all work wonders on your floors.

Of course, even with care, hardwood floors are not impervious to damage. Your pets might scratch the surface. Water damage might cause a section of the floor to warp or have a loose board that wobbles. You might notice gaps appearing between planks over time and as the weather changes, causing the wood to expand or contract, or you might have dents in the wood from high foot traffic areas. Perhaps your floors just don't look as shiny and new as you'd like. When your own cleaning and maintenance doesn't go as far as they used to, it's time to refinish or even restore.

While it is possible to DIY hardwood refinishing and even restoration, someone without experience can easily damage a hardwood floor. Instead of paying for a costly repair, get it right the first time by calling a professional hardwood floor refinishing company. They'll get the job done right the first time.

Footprints Floors has years of experience working on all kinds of flooring in all types of conditions. From beautiful, rare mahogany floors in Victorian homes to the stunning red oak floors of a mid–century modern suburb house and everything in between, Footprints Floors can do the job right.

We're committed to providing high–quality finishes at the lowest possible rate in a reasonable amount of time. We work to save our clients stress (and money!) as we work to give them floors that look brand new! We won't offer you services you don't need and are confident you will be satisfied with the finished project. Contact us today for a free estimate on your hardwood floor refinishing or restoration project.

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What Our Customers Say

Footprints Floors of Chandler was a pleasure to work with. No stress, very accomodating. The workmanship is excellent. We would refer this company to anyone.
Mary Lynch 11/19/22 — google
Footprints did an amazing job in short period of time! Not only did he send a demo team who took the time to cover everything to ensure my home was clean after the job, but he also sent a professional with 20+ years experience to do the tile work. Thank you, footprints! We’ll definitely refer friends and family.
elsa mendez 11/4/22 — google
Very professional, loved working with Matt and Rasindo the installer. They did a super job.
Richard Dirgo 11/1/22 — google
I shopped around for a few months getting estimates from different contractors. Matt stood out the most as he was incredibly responsive, punctual, easy to work with and always went the extra mile. It was such a pleasure working with him and the entire process was a breeze. Not only that, but him and his team transformed our floors, they look amazing and we couldn't be happier! Thank you Matt!
J B 09/13/22 — google
I can not say enough good things about working with footprint floors of Chandler. Our installation person Tony was amazing and did such a beautiful job. Matt the owner was responsive and worked really hard to get us you'll get us done in a very tight turnaround time frame. I highly recommend footprint floors to everyone!
Miki Antonelli 09/8/22 — google
Matt and Footprints Floors were AMAZING to work with, very friendly and professional! My office had some floor remodeling/new floors put in and I am in love with the final product. Will definitely be using them again!
Alyson Cramer 07/21/22 — google
I've known Matt, the owner, for a few years, and originally had him in to do a stone resurfacing on a fireplace. I also had him do an estimate to replace my old tile floors as an add-on. Once I saw how affordable the labor was on both projects I jumped right in. My house, built in 92, looks modern and updated with the wood look tile, updated baseboards, and the new stone faced fireplace. Would recommend to anyone interested in giving their house a facelift from a great local business with an involved owner.
Kevin Shelton 06/17/22 — google
Backsplash installation was completed in one day and overall quality of work was very good.
Carlos Ramirez 06/9/22 — google
Footprints Floors from the owner to the front line team are professional, friendly and high quality. I'd recommended them to anyone. The tile work they did in my master bedroom turned out spectacular and was done faster than quoted. Very clean and the workmanship was great.
Sean Stallings 05/6/22 — google
Great work from Matt and staff. Job started and finished on time and the results are exactly what my vision was. The quailty of work great! I will recommend Footprints to anyone based on my experience with them
christopher morton 05/3/22 — google
Matt available throughout our project. Great communication and guidance on material needed. Shout out to Juinor and his sidekick that layed LVP flooring. Talented young crew that have obviously layed this type of flooring. Footprints bid came in a little higher, but after talking with them I knew the project would be completed properly - they didn't disappoint.
Carlos Frijo 04/11/22 — google
I had the pleasure of working with Chris and Matt. Chris removed the shower insert and installed mosaic tile. He also placed mosaic tile in the valet.His work is exceptional. Chris and Matt were professional, knowledgeable and prompt. I highly recommend them and would use them on future projects.
Candice Fountain 04/11/22 — google
Matt and his team were so professional and kind. They redid our floors and made us a brand new fireplace. I absolutely couldn’t be more pleased with the results. Matt answered all our questions and his whole staff from Bailey to answered our initial call to everyone who was in our home top notch!!! We are very happy with everything.
Stacey Fischer 03/20/22 — google
We had a huge wood look porcelain tile install. Matt was the best and most knowledgeable compared to the 5 other companies I met with. He stopped by daily to check on the project and was very responsive if we had questions/ concerns. Camillo and Peter were very friendly and hardworking & did an absolutely beautiful job. We will definitely recommend Footprints Floors of Chandler and use them again for future tile install.
Dianna Mortensen 03/3/22 — google
5 stars for Footprints Floors of Chandler! We had 4 different types of flooring in our hot mess house - crusty laminate, hideous tile, yucky carpet and peel n' stick (which we attempted to do ourselves to cover said yucky tile). Do yourselves a favor and just hire these guys to save time, money and frustration! We had another quote from a pretty popular flooring company located in the East valley that was very high. On top of that, they were limited on flooring options and definitely attempted to use some sales tactics to get us to commit. Matt was NOTHING like that - no pressure at all. He made the entire process as simple as possible and gave us step by step instructions/updates to know what to expect. Unlike with the other flooring company, we were able to select from a HUGE variety of flooring and got the most gorgeous luxury vinyl planks I've ever seen. Even with upgrading to a nicer flooring, we still came in under the original quote of the other place by quite a significant amount of money. We had a wait on flooring due to supply chain issues (no fault of anyone and we knew ahead of time there would be a delay), but they had plenty of options also in stock. We just chose to wait and were happy we did! The demo was a breeze (and crazy fast), install went great and communication throughout the process was top notch. Big thanks to Matt and his team! We could not be happier and can't wait to have friends and family see what a big difference these floors make!
Sarah Guy 03/1/22 — google
My husband and I put off a much needed replacement of carpet for many years because we are busy, not handy ourselves and quite honestly the project was quite daunting. We found Footprints Floors through a neighborhood recommendation. Matt and his team did not disappoint. Matt new exactly what we needed and lined us up with movers, a wonderful discount floor store and storage for our project. The end result was gorgeous new floors. We could not be happier. I highly recommend Footprints!
Christine Cleveland 02/12/22 — google
Matt and team did an outstanding job. We were replacing 1500 sqft of tile and carpet with all tile, including tile baseboards as well as redoing the stairs. From quoting to demo to finish every step was done professionally and on time right in line with what was quoted. The attention to detail was amazing and we could not be happier with our new floors. Highly recommend giving Footprints a call.
Brian Koch 01/24/22 — google
Matt was quick to respond, reasonably priced and got his team to work right away! They did a great job installing LVP and all new baseboards in our home. I would absolutely recommend them for your next flooring project!
Todd & Katie Barnard 01/24/22 — google
Footprints installed Pergo laminate in our master bedroom and closet. I was able to get a quote the same day as the in-home estimate, and was able to get an installation date the following week. Their pricing was fair and in line with what I expected. They were on time and completed the installation in one day. The laminate that I had selected had planks with different patterns and did not include instructions for how to lay the different patterns, so the installers had to figure out how it would look best and they did a great job. I love how the new floors look! They left everything clean as well. I would highly recommend Footprints!
Misty Seaholm 01/22/22 — google
Very happy to come upon recent reviews for flooring work performed by Footprints Floors of Chandler. My wife and I had purchased flooring for two rooms in our home, but were not happy with reviews we had read pertaining to the company used to install the flooring and opted to find our own, and we are very glad we did. We gave Footprints Flooring a call, and Matt Gilstrap promptly got back to us and an appt was set up to get an estimate for the needed work. Matt was professional, friendly and easy to discuss the job with and answered all our questions. His estimate was spot on for what we had anticipated for the installation, so we signed a contract to have the work done. Matt had an opening the following week and Matt and workers, Ruben and Junior arrived right on time. The job for removing old carpeting, baseboards, prepping floor and installing the vinyl flooring and reattaching the base boards (which had been removed so cautiously by Ruben and Junior that they were able to reuse them)for our two rooms was started AND completed in one day! The rooms look GREAT! Ruben and Junior removed all debris from removing old carpeting, etc, and the rooms were immaculate upon our inspection. So, so happy we made the decision we did to go with Footprints Flooring, and would definitely call Matt in the future for any other flooring needs. Thank you so much for the beautiful installation!
Tom Carlson 01/2/22 — google

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