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How to Choose Flooring

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Every aspect of a home plays an important role in your comfort. You want your home to reflect your personal style, as well as meet the needs of your daily routine. Choosing the right flooring is a huge part of that.

So, how does one choose the right flooring? Should floors be lighter or darker than the walls? Should every room have the same flooring? How often do you want to clean it? Read about the different types of flooring and find the answers to these questions below.

Once you know how to choose flooring for your home, Footprints Floors is here to provide professional installation. Contact Footprints Floors today for a free estimate!

Types of Home Flooring

There are many different kinds of flooring to reflect every kind of style. Choosing flooring for your home - or even a particular room - depends on a number of lifestyle and environmental factors. Here is a brief overview of five different kinds of flooring:

Solid Hardwood


Hardwood is a classic for a reason. Adding hardwood flooring to your home can add to your home value, potentially increasing the resale price. It’s hypoallergenic and easy to clean. If you want to change the color at any point, hardwood can be sanded and refinished - something Footprints Floors can take care of for you.

Hardwood floors come in a variety of colors and finishes for every style, and offer different levels of durability depending on where they’re located in the home (and whether or not you have, say, toddlers or pets running around). Hardwood floors can be glued directly to concrete and have some insulation properties that may help lower energy bills over time.

Laminate


This material is budget-friendly, easy to clean, stain and scratch-resistant, and super durable. It can be installed over most existing floors if you want to change up the look of your home without having to rip out old flooring. This material is a great option for sunny rooms because it resists fading from UV light.

Engineered Hardwood


If you live in a place with high humidity or greatly varying temperatures throughout the year but love the look of solid hardwood, consider engineered hardwood instead. Engineered hardwood expands and contracts less than solid hardwood, meaning it can even be used in a basement and with radiant heat. It’s available in a variety of colors and finishes, and it costs less than traditional solid hardwood.

Ceramic, Porcelain and Stone Tile


Tile is waterproof so it's the favorite for use in kitchens, bathrooms and basements. Tile is low maintenance and can increase your home’s value. From the material to the look, tile provides tons of options for style, color and textures - even tile that looks like wood if you like the look of hardwood but want something different. It can even be installed outdoors on a patio, or in direct sunlight, and it’s easy to repair.

Luxury Vinyl Plank or Tile


Vinyl is making a comeback. It comes in a variety of colors, patterns and textures; it’s durable, attractive and affordable. Vinyl is a great option for homes with lots of pets or kids because of its durability, and it’s also a quieter option than ceramic or hardwood floors (no click-click-click of heels or dog toenails). Vinyl can be installed over most floors, so if you want a change you don’t need to remove existing flooring. All vinyl is water-resistant and some of it is even waterproof, making it a great option for bathrooms and kitchens. It’s easy to clean and stain resistant.

If you’re someone who loves to cook big meals, vinyl is more shock-absorbent than other flooring, making it good for standing for long periods (or accidentally dropping dishes. It happens).

The Right Flooring For You


When you’re wondering what flooring to choose, there’s always the big question: Should you use the same flooring throughout your home? The answer? You can if you want to. However, some rooms require different flooring based on moisture content. For example, even if you love the look of hardwood, it’s probably not the best choice for your bathroom.

You should keep the look of your flooring consistent in one continuous space, but feel free to change it up at naturally existing barriers like walls or doors. If you feel strongly about having the same look throughout your home with your floors, picking something like laminate or vinyl that works in every room is a great option.

As for colors, darker floors next to lighter walls can help make a room feel more spacious. However, if you have low ceilings, a floor that is lighter than the walls can create an illusion of height. In the end, it’s up to your personal preference, and what you think will look best with already existing decor.

Now that you know more about different kinds of flooring, it's also time to consider your lifestyle. How often do you need to (or want to) clean? Do you have young children or pets that make messes?

Footprints Floors is the Top Flooring Company Near You

If you are searching for floor installers near you in Clifton / Paramus, you have come to the right place. Footprints Floors of North Jersey has some of the highest ratings, thanks to our quality craftsmanship and incredible customer service.

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What Our Customers Say

5 stars team! Omar and Footprints Floors of North Jersey did an outstanding job on my hardwood floor in living room and stairs. All work was done in time with highest available quality. They were very responsive and very professional. I would definitely recommend Omar and his team! Thanks again!
Alex Pustelnik 03/4/22 — google
I hired Footprints Flooring to repair my wood floors. The job consisted of sanding, staining and 3 coats of polyurethane. They showed up on time and began work immediately. The job was done in a professional manner. My floor looks brand new and the work was done neatly and all debris removed and hauled away. I am over the moon happy with the job they have done. I highly recommend Footprints Flooring and would definitely use them in the future.
Carmen Driggs 02/16/22 — google
Omar is a very caring person, that wants the work done right, and wants you to be satisfied. He is also very pleasant, to work with. Ronnie (Rony), who installed my hardwood floor, in the kitchen, is a hard working, good person. He makes sure he does what you want, and wants so much for you to be pleased. He goes out of his way, to make sure you are happy. They are professional, and the job turned out beautifully.
rosalie russino 01/8/22 — google
Due to the recent wrath of hurricane Ida here in Northern NJ, I had quite of bit of flooding that ruined about 900 sq feet of carpet in my basement. I decided the best long term alternative would be to install new tile. I reached out to Footprints Floors of North Jersey on a Monday and Omar was at my home on Tuesday morning to offer me an in person estimate. His estimate was fair and accurate and he was able to start my tile installation project that Thursday morning. His team executed my project with accuracy and precision and the huge tile job was complete within 3 days. He and his team were polite and friendly and communicated with me constantly throughout the project. I couldn’t be happier with how my new basement marble floors turned out! I highly recommend Footprints Floors of North Jersey and will definitely be using them for the next tile project in my master bedroom bathroom! Thanks again Omar!
David Hart 09/24/21 — google
This was a great experience overall! Our job was a hardwood floor refinish and repair in the living room and hallway areas of our 70 year-old home. I was contacted the same day as my estimate request, and Omar was onsite within a couple of days for an assessment and same-day estimate! Footprints Floors worked around our schedule, maintained communication, and kept us informed of status and timing. The work was top-notch, and they were able to sand-out years of pet stains and seamlessly replace water-damaged boards with beautiful results. We're very happy with the outcome and great value for the money! We will definitely be using Footprints Floors of North Jersey in the future!
hanoi veras 09/18/21 — google
Our experience with Omar was great from start to finish. From when he did the estimate to the end of the project. He was very professional and pleasant to work with. His team did an amazing job with my floors and I am extremely happy with the outcome. I will recommend Omar and his company to our friends and family and will be using his company in the future.
Victor F 09/17/21 — google
This has been one of the best experiences with home repair I’ve ever had! Footprints Floors of North Jersey has been responsive, on time, and exceeded our expectations for refinishing our floors. Omar provided an outstanding team who are perfectionists when it comes to hardwood floors. I would highly recommend this business as I have been disappointed with many others. This is an honest, transparent, and quality company!
Jose Delgado 09/2/21 — google
Fantastic job! Footprints Floors of North Jersey installed our new hardwood floors for us and laced the new wood floor into the existing wood floor seamlessly. They then refinished and stained all of our wood floors. BEAUTIFUL! Omar worked with us to get the exact color we wanted. His attention to detail was impressive including some things we hadn’t even asked for. His timing and communication exceeded our expectations. Pricing was extremely reasonable. We are so IMPRESSED and VERY PLEASED! Can’t recommended them enough and I will definitely be working with them in the future!
Andrew Sklar 08/26/21 — google
Omar was quick to respond, provide a quote , and begin installation on my new hardwood floors! Communication was clear, transparent and timely. Everyone was extremely professional and courteous. I would highly recommend Footprints Floors of North Jersey and will definitely be using them in the future!
Joseph Cotaco 08/26/21 — google
We had a great experience with Omar and his crew, who did a magnificent job installing our new luxury vinyl tile kitchen floor. Omar gave us a fair and very accurate estimate, the work began promptly on the date promised, and it was executed to perfection. We can’t believe how the new floor has transformed our kitchen, and we are very thankful to Footprints Floors of North Jersey for their professionalism, friendliness and skill.
Rick Handel 08/5/21 — google
Pleasure to work with Omar and his crew. I hired him for a difficult demo and install at my business. He worked with me and performed the work after hours. 2 nights and the job was done with precision. Will be using them again for future projects.
Mike Visser 07/22/21 — google
Omar and his team did an outstanding job on my hardwood floor installation in my living, dining, and family room (1200 sq feet)! Omar was the first one on site every day of my project and was quite responsive with regards to any questions I had. His team was fantastic and made this huge project as seamless as possible. I will definitely be using Footprints Floors of North Jersey for my upcoming bathroom tile project! I highly recommend them!
KG Dub 07/8/21 — google
Omar and his crew did a fantastic job with my master bathroom tile installation. My project required installing large format tiles, and a lot of cutting and leveling of finishes, and it came out wonderfully. Omar has a very friendly demeanor, and is very professional and responsive throughout. He made sure to satisfy our many requests and details for the job. I would highly recommend for your next tiling project!
Joe Vivino 06/30/21 — google
As you can see on the first picture, we could not image that this 80 year old floor ever could be restored. After contacting Omar, the owner, we had the outcoming as you can see on the 2nd picture. From the first contact until the finished project, Omar took care and made sure this wonderful restauration could happen. His professionals did this job, beside our dining room and hallway in one day and left the site perfect cleaned. It is not easy to find a good company, but with this project we got the jackpot. Thank you for this professional and affordable job.
Johann Pietschnig 06/29/21 — google
Omar very hands on owner. Anthony job well done. Both of them very personable. Very happy with the outcome of my floors. If you need work done please give Omar a call!
Roxanne Atieh 06/18/21 — google
They did an amazing job, they were very responsive and very professional. I would definitely recommend them!
Beatriz DiBugnara 05/29/21 — google
Footprints Floors North Jersey did an amazing job on my master bathroom! Their tile work was detailed, meticulous and looked absolutely gorgeous! They were punctual every day of the job and extremely professional. Their pricing was also extremely reasonable! I highly recommend them and will most definitely be using them for my upcoming hardwood flooring project!
Lotrice States 05/28/21 — google
Great work and appreciated Omar coming before...during when called about a problem and after. He showed great interest in the customer and job. I would recommend this company and will use his company in the future.
cavl 05/26/21 — google
Omar and his team were 100% professional and executed beyond our expectations. The are reliable, trustworthy and completed the job with finesse. Don’t hesitate to hire this team of experts.
Desiree M. Mitchell 05/26/21 — google
Very professional, great quality of work, and exceptional customer service! I couldn't be more pleased with the job done on my new hardwood floor installation! Thanks again!
Claevens Estriplet 05/19/21 — google

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