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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 Duluth / Suwanee 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 Duluth / Suwanee 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 Duluth / Suwanee 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 highly recommend Footprints Floors. The floors were installed with excellence and attention to detail. I am very pleased with the staff and product installation which was completed in just one day.
Tammy Jones 01/11/24 — google
Kevin and his team were super professional and helpful. Quality work done fast and right.
Christopher Sanna 10/16/23 — google
We had a great experience working with Kevin and his team! They were very professional, easy to work with, and did a beautiful job tiling two bathrooms for us.
Dania Haider 10/12/23 — google
That was wonderful experience! We needed the backsplash and some tiles in our powder room - it looks gorgeous! Kimberly and Jorge are very professional, hardworking, fast and attentive to details. Kevin (the owner of Footprints Floors) was always available and helpful. I recommend this business and we will hire them again.
Nellya Kirzha 09/11/23 — google
Kevin and his crew were great! My floors look amazing!
Ann Tiberghien 08/31/23 — google
Greg, Justin and the installers were very professional and friendly. Honest and fair pricing. High quality carpet and kitchen flooring products that look really nice in our home. Definitely five-star service we recommend, and will work with again.
Trudy 02/16/23 — google
Footprints Floors did an outstanding job installing my Smartcore luxury marble vinyltiles over my terra-cotta tiles. They used leveling compound, and the results are gorgeous with a warranty. They installed the foot molding and corrected doors to fit beautifully. Quality at a reasonable price. I highly recommend them without reservation!!
D H 02/5/23 — google
Very very happy with their service and professionalism. They took the time to educate us on what is the best treatment for our floors and delivery an excellent end result.
johnny morillo 02/2/23 — google
From start to finish the whole experience was great. They came when they said they would, were efficient, cleaned up after themselves. A great customer experience.
Erika B 02/1/23 — google
The team at Footprints Floors of NE Atlanta did an AMAZING job with a floor installation for our nonprofit. The staff was professional and fast and the finished product looks better than we could have imagined!
Jim Hollandsworth 01/20/23 — google
Footprints Floors replaced our flooring in our bonus room and the stairs to the bonus room. They provided excellent customer service and they were very helpful in providing several flooring options to choose from. We are very pleased with the project. Greg and Justin were in constant contact with us to make sure we understood the process and that we were pleased with the new flooring. We will definitely use Footprints Floors for future flooring projects.
Lisa Peden 01/14/23 — google
They are very easy to do business with! Provided the estimate, which was very reasonable. They made arrangements with the store to pickup the carpet and pad. They are very accommodating, they worked with me to give me 1 day between the carpet removal and installation. Quality of the workmanship was excellent.
Michael Graham 12/28/22 — google
Very professional and communicative. They did an excellent job!
Victoria 12/12/22 — google
Excellent work. Kevin and his team were on time and very professional. I really enjoyed working with him! My floors look amazing.
Gina Lee 10/30/22 — facebook
I was referred to Footprints Floors by another company and I am very happy I was. I was first introduced to the general manager Greg who came out to do the initial consultation and then was assisted for the remainder of the time by the owner Justin to schedule the work. Greg was very friendly, professional, arrived on time for the consultation and answered all my questions. Justin was very professional, friendly, quick to respond to all my multiple emails and also kept me updated every step of the way during the scheduling process, including the day of the repairs. I have zero complaints about anything and would definitely recommend them to friends and family. If I’m ever in need of additional floor work, they will be the first call I make. Thank you Justin and team.
Rae 08/25/22 — google
Amazing experience with footprints! Great communication and hard workers! My house looks so good with my new floors!
Victoria Davis 08/7/22 — google
From bare drywall to completed backsplash in 1 day! Great communication from the initial inquiry through the day of the install. We’ll be reaching out again if we ever need more tile work done !
Brian Carty 06/3/22 — google
They are great to work with. Justin responses quickly, and I am was very satisfied with their work. Would recommend to a friend.
Stanley Chen 04/20/22 — google
Wonderful customer service, very pleased with finished product.
Amanda Fowler 04/1/22 — google
We had old floors with over a decade of tough use from a large family with pets. Numerous scraps and cracks had grown over the years. After their work, it looks just like new and saved us a lot of money over replacing it.
Me Me 03/4/22 — 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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