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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.

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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.

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What Our Customers Say

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 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
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
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
Had Footprints install the backsplash for our remodeled kitchen. Tried two companies and they couldn't handle the project since it was glass tiles and didn't know how to cut them without breaking them. Matt was responsive, timely and professional. They had the right tools and were very meticulous about the project. They work was finished as planned and at a very high quality. Very happy with the end result.
Alex Lopez 12/23/21 — google
excellent workmanship
dave cerv 12/22/21 — google
Matt and his team, was very professional and had good attention to detail. They asked for approval for any changes and asked for my input throughout the process. Matt was very communicated via email and text The Finished installation looked really good.I will use them again & recommend them to family & friends
Sean Bee 12/17/21 — 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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