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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 Chandler / Gilbert 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 Chandler / Gilbert 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 Chandler / Gilbert 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

Excellent work and great communication along the way. From the time I reached out the job was completed with a few weeks. Highly Recommend.
Chad DePaoli 05/21/24 — google
We used footprints for a whole home install of luxury vinyl plank flooring and baseboards. We had some repairs that needed to be done over a year later due to a manufacturers defect. They arrived promptly, did a great job and cleaned up. A great experience and we highly recommend them!! Thank you!
Derrick Potter 05/16/24 — google
After getting the run around from several other flooring companies, Matt and Footprints Floors came through! Their company was prompt to respond, regular updates, installers were ontime and focused on doing a quality job. I would highly recommend Footprints Floors for all your flooring needs! Thanks to Matt, Stephanie, and your crew for an excellent job! Look forward to future business opportunities!
Larry Dexter 04/24/24 — google
I can't say enough about this team! We were met with a professional and upbeat attitude by the owner. Matt accommodated us with a last minute visit to get measurements and give us an estimate. We were looking to expedite this project to get it done before we had to move in. We got a great product and excellent craftsmanship in less than a weeks time. We are grateful for this service. The extra special touch was the visit and message after the project was complete to ensure we were satisfied. Look no where else! Footprints Floors!
Jeff West 04/15/24 — google
Very professional and did a great job
Mark Henderson 04/12/24 — google
I had Footprints Flooring do our living room area and I couldn’t be happier. We had some damage done to our carpet from our pups and Matt came by to take measurements and set up a time for the new flooring to be put in. He was super friendly and helpful. It took them about 8 hours to do the whole area and it looks fantastic! They checked in a few days later to make sure everything was what we wanted. I appreciate the constant communication and quick install. Highly recommend Footprints!
Jamie Vieira 04/9/24 — google
This team was incredible! We needed flooring work to be done quickly; some fixes in order to close on the sale of our home and Matt Gilstrap and team pulled through BIG time! Very responsive and the work done was perfection! The flooring in our bathroom turned out beautifully and was completed quickly. I highly recommend this business 100% for your flooring needs.
Jamie Edkins 03/24/24 — google
My son's room desperately needed an update, and the flooring was no exception with 28 year old original carpeting. We had the chance to use Footprints Floors to upgrade to LVP, and we could not have been happier with our experience! Matt and his team of professionals communicated with us every step of the way, and the whole process was so quick and painless. I highly recommend Footprints Floors East Valley and will use their services again in the future!
Alyssa Bonar 03/20/24 — google
This is a great company! Matt is very responsive to your calls. His estimates are easy to understand. The prices for labor wasn’t as high as other estimates. The work was done swiftly. The workers were happy, worked hard everyday and cleaned up. The work was done in a professional expectation. The project manager Melissa was on the ball to ensure everything was running smoothly. I recommend this company for all your tile work. Below is before during and afterwards.
Sharon Milite 03/8/24 — google
Awesome experience with Footprint. We replaced our entire downstairs flooring along with the stairs with LVP. Their crews did an excellent job with the demo with dustless tile removal. They even removed our nook and some cabinets when we asked. The flooring came out incredible and we would absolutely recommend them.
Klint McInturff 03/2/24 — google
The wife found Footprints on FB marketplace trying to locate a flooring company that could help us with a remodel. Right off the bat from the beginning everyone we came in contact with was so friendly and knowledgeable and listened to all of our needs for the project. We could not wait to get started. The project is all done and we could not be happier! The whole team, Matt, Melissa, Rueben and his teammate did a phenomenal job. They helped us with scope that we were not sure of how to handle and went above an beyond with every request! We are already discussing the next project and will be using Footprints again!
Juan Romero 02/24/24 — google
I want to thanks footprints floors for the job thay done for me with a fear labor Cousts and the timing was fast and on time, I really appreciate you (matt) to make it easy, fast and beautiful job done. Good job
M Y 02/22/24 — google
Footprints Floors were awesome! Their estimate never changed and they did the work on the agreed dates. For us they installed the vinyl floating floor AND the kitchen Backsplash. We are very happy with their work. They can be proud of the work they do. And, of course, we would use them again!
PS Agency 02/9/24 — google
Great service start to finish! Couldn’t be more pleased.
Vicki Ratliff 02/4/24 — google
Outstanding work! The crew did an amazing job. Polite, professional, and they hustled while doing quality work. Melissa and Matt were great to work with in estimating and communicating with us all along the way. We will absolutely use them again for any future flooring needs and strongly recommend having them estimate your next project! Steve C Mesa, Az
Steve Cohee 01/30/24 — google
Matt & Melissa were excellent to work with at Footprints Flooring. I had a medium sized Flooring job that needed to be done, and after submitting out for a few estimates on the job, I decided on Footprints Flooring. They were very professional and most importantly I felt like I could trust them. Matt and Melissa took their time, I didn't feel rushed, and I could just tell they were both quality driven. They wrote up a detailed estimate, asked me if I had any questions, and then came out and did a fantastic job on my flooring. They have a couple of specialized teams that are trained in specific areas, so you get the best job possible. You will notice the difference in quality right away. The complete installation job went perfectly, and my wife and I couldn't be happier. It is so important today to hire a quality contractor and Footprints Flooring 👣 was fantastic. Their workers are all professional looking, worked together well, and seemed to enjoy their work. They all were very good at what they did. Thank you Matt & Melissa and your entire team at Footprints Flooring, we could not be happier with the job you guys did at a very reasonable price, that did NOT change from the written estimate. 5 stars all the way!!!
RICHARD PAGANELLI 01/29/24 — google
Very professional, from the President (Matt) to the expert hardwood installers. Shout out the Project Manager Melissa. I would highly recommend Footprints Floors East Valley for all your flooring needs. Five stars is not high enough!
Vito Coletto 01/26/24 — google
Great job, floors look amazing. Good communication from all involved.
Leigh Fex 01/22/24 — google
They were great throughout the whole process. My floors look fantastic, would highly recommend Footprints Floors
coleman hogg 01/19/24 — google
I will definitely be coming back to Matt. Estimate was a lot cheaper than I expected and the quality was amazing. I would highly recommend them to anyone. Love the new flooring and I can’t believe the work they did with the subfloor. They completely changed the look of my home. (Before and After)
Alex Valencia 01/16/24 — 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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