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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 Cincinnati 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 Cincinnati 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 Cincinnati 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

Great job on time the installers worked hard and were friendly.
Tim Burgoyne 05/31/24 — google
Excellent work, completed in one day!
Michael Hall 04/19/24 — google
Excellent work! We are thrilled with our new hardwood floor. Mike and his crew were so professional, clean and did an amazing job! Highly recommend!
Megan Deeley 04/17/24 — google
I had an excellent experience with this company. Mike provided clear explanations of my options and guided me through the floor refinishing process with expertise. The crew that handled the job was exceptionally professional and went above and beyond in cleaning up the site afterward. I would absolutely recommend this company, and I plan to enlist their services again for the remaining floors in my house.
Matt A 04/13/24 — google
Mike and his team were awesome - easy to work with and did a beautiful job. After discussing the project with a few potential partners, Footsteps instilled a high-level of confidence at the right price point and I wasn't disappointed.
Heidi Lofton 03/27/24 — google
From start to finish Mike and his team were wonderful to work with. Mike is very knowledgeable about hardwood floors which made the whole process stress-free. They were punctual every day, and the project was done on time. You can’t tell a difference between the old and new wood, and the finish is beautiful. We love our new floors and would highly recommend this company!
Suzanne Carr 03/18/24 — google
Mike and his crew did an amazing job laying down vinyl flooring in our garage loft. Mike was extremely helpful in helping us select the correct product for the space and ensuring the area was properly prepped for optimal install and durability. The best you can ask for when hiring a professional is punctuality, respect of your property, reasonable pricing and high quality work. This was our experience with Footprints Floors and wouldn't hesitate to recommend them to anyone!
kevin wimmer 02/28/24 — google
After contacting Footprints Floors, Mike responded quickly with a very fair quote for screening and recoating our hardwood floor. They were able to complete the project within a few days of our initial call and we couldn't be happier with the finished results! I won't hesitate to use Footprints Floors in the future and highly recommend them if you are looking for someone to recoat or refinish your hardwood.
Merri Purdy 02/12/24 — google
Mike and his team were great to work with and the final product exceeded our expectations. They refinished the floors in my wife’s salon the week between Christmas and New Year’s. We had a very specific timeline that had to be met and they pulled it off with no problems. The communication with Mike was excellent and the workmanship was an A plus. I would highly recommend Footprints Cincinnati!
John Mitchell 01/19/24 — google
Had hardwood floors resurfaced and then added in new flooring to replace existing carpet. Mike and his team did a fantastic job. We did this before moving in and they communicated daily with pics and did everything they said they would. Highly recommend their service
Tom Lucas 12/5/23 — google
Excellent experience, highly recommend. Mike was friendly, helpful, and answered any questions I had. The crew was also very friendly and did an excellent job. They removed carpet that was on existing hardwood floors in a hundred year old house and refinished them. The floors look amazing!
Melanie Atkinson 11/27/23 — google
Excellent job refinishing an entry hall and laying a new floor in the living room. In completing the living room floor, Footprints needed to match an existing wooden floor. I can’t tell where the existing floor ends and the new floor begins, they did such a good job. They were timely, the job was completed when they promised. They deserve a 5 star rating
Susan Nerska 11/18/23 — google
We had a small project we needed professional help with. A landing and two steps on our back door. The result turned out beautifully, very happy with the quality and service. Mike was great to work with. Would recommend.
Brooke Neace 10/11/23 — google
Footprints Floors replaced the old, worn carpet on our stairs with beautiful hardwood quickly and efficiently, with a beautiful final product. From start to finish, they were communicative and provided an accurate timeline and budget. I would highly recommend this company.
L M 09/18/23 — google
Appreciated the detailed information shared by Mike before installation. Also of merit is his punctuality before ,during and after installation and final inspection . The crew did a beautiful job making intricate cuts in small detailed area. They were hard working,respectful and did a great job cleaning up the items removed. This is one company that takes pride in making sure the customer is fully satisfied and I made the right decision. The floor looks great and I am thrilled with how it turned out. Of you want a no hassle,stress free experience this team delivers. Thanks for my beautiful floors gentlemen!
Ken Morrow 09/8/23 — google
Footprints Flooring did a fabulous refinishing job on our wood floors. I can't wait to entertain and show them off.
Holly Farmer 06/20/23 — google
Mike and his team are true professionals! The work they did is magnificent and the care they took to protect my furniture, walls, etc. was much appreciated! They kept us informed of status of the floors along the way, and started and completed as promised. I would have given them 10 stars if that was an option!!
Terri Wallace 03/31/23 — google
Mike and his crew did an incredible job from start to finish. The project started a year ago when they came and quoted a job for me. I did not get it done then but was able to make it work a year later. He was able to be flexible on pricing and was honest, helpful and always on-time. I look forward to using Footprint again in the future.
Gabriel Saba 03/21/23 — google
tl;dr: Amazing customer service and quality work! Thanks, Mike! We are on a tight schedule closing on a house mid November and needing to get the floor refinished before we can move in and host family for the upcoming holidays. Mike was awesome and able to fit us in, even with our aggressive schedule! He was able to put an estimate together just based on a floorplan I mocked up, since we didn't have easy access to the house before closing for him to do a walk-through. He was very knowledgeable and I appreciated his eye for color/undertones and his great stain recommendations as a result. He even came by our current house to pick up the first payment for the project, which I appreciated as a homebody! I would have left a 5 star review on all that alone, but Mike continued to go above and beyond for us. My husband has very exacting standards and there were a few areas he wasn't fully happy with. Mike came back out to reinspect those areas - one or two of which did need a correction, and I'm sure some of which were my husband being a bit picky. Mike not only agreed to have the crew take another pass over the floor, but the crew was already there and got started immediately! Thank you, Mike! You made our lives easier and helped us put one of our first stamps on the new home. I appreciate your friendliness and amazing customer service!
Jennifer Rice 12/1/22 — google
Really great service, Mike was very responsive and helpful throughout the process. He visited every day his team was on site. Professional and personal. Would use them again for future flooring needs.
Colin Beynon 11/28/22 — 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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