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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.

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What Our Customers Say

Footprints Flooring did a great job on ripping out our old fireplace framing, mantle and brick, and then installing a new fireplace mantle and tiling all the way from floor to ceiling. Matt and Antonio were on time, responsive and understood the remodeling vision. The quality of work done was terrific! We would highly recommend them!
Jason Clark 01/24/23 — google
Matt was excellent to work with. He kept in contact during the project. We had them remove built ins and add stone and fireplace. Matt lined up plumbers and electricians for the smaller projects so we didn’t have to. The workmanship was spot on!!
Cindy Schaaf 01/9/23 — google
We had 4 showers and a soaker tub tiled. Antonio did an amazing job, worked very hard with a great attitude!!
Curtis Crouch 12/20/22 — google
Matt and his team did an excellent job of my kitchen backsplash. The marble tile had a fine pattern to it and their attention to detail and patience in seeing the work through until it was done to our satisfaction was awesome. Excellent service, will use again!
Usha Nadiveedhi 12/15/22 — google
I highly recommend footprints floors of Chandler. They are extremely creative, professional and just all around fabulous.
12/7/22 — facebook
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
This company does what it says!! They came on time and were so professional it was inspiring to watch them work. The job was done quickly and perfectly!
Linda P. 04/19/22 — Thumbtack
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

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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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