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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 Everett / Bellingham 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 Everett / Bellingham 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 Everett / Bellingham 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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Nate and his team (Vlad + Nick + others) did a great job refinishing our floors. We had a combo of solid red oak/white oak and they refinished them so they looked brand new in our 23 year old home, which had a lot of water stains and looked a bit worn out. The red oak was bleached to match the white oak, and it looks so much more modern and new. Thank you so much! Nate also gave us tips on how to maintain them, which we appreciated. Posted photos but it looks better in person!
Maria Kim 06/28/24 — google
Footprints did a great job at a reasonable price. Although a project like this always causes disruption, Nate's crew held that to a minimum, including actually beating the originally estimated time to completion. He was clear on how to prepare and what to do after the job was finished. Highly recommended.
Phil Thompson 06/10/24 — google
Nate and his crew were professional, competent, reliable, and on time. Nate is an excellent communicator, and the install was a good value for the excellent quality of work done. We had him put in hard wood floors - white oak with a natural finish for our kitchen, powder room, and living room-which all turned out beautifully!!! As well as tile in our primary bathroom, hall bathroom, and utility room. We are beyond thrilled with the results. We would 100% recommend Nate and his Footprints Floors business for any flooring needs.
R Rodriguez 04/26/24 — google
Nate and his team care about beautiful floors. They repaired and refinished our hickory hardwood as if it were their own . Footprints Floors are ultimate craftspeople!
Mary Melton 04/25/24 — google
First off, I am an Architect who is a bit hands-on when it comes to work in my own residence. I hired Footprints Flooring to replace failing sheet vinyl with new Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) in our laundry room and two bathrooms. I chose Footprints primarily because Owner Nate (himself) visited our house to prepare estimate; he is highly communicative and responsive (rare for contractors these days). Like myself, Nate is also detailed oriented and thoroughly covered demo, subfloor, LVT installation, transitions and schedule and was the only one who researched availability of the LVT we wanted before coming out to prepare estimate. Footprints' price was competitive and Nate was more than fair on charges for unforeseen subfloor overages. His installer David did a fantastic job, was polite, respectful and responsive to my comments - making sure his finish work met or exceeded my standards. We couldn't be happier with the finished result and their final clean up was thorough. I highly recommend Footprints Flooring.
Rick Tolleshaug 03/26/24 — google
From initial contact to job completion, Nate and Footprint Floors was professional through and through. Nate explained the process completely, provided a timely and competitive estimate, and worked with our schedule. We were kept informed of the progress of the project throughout. The entire team at Footprint floors were fantastic and they completed the job a day ahead of schedule. Our floors look fantastic and have been brought back to life! I would highly recommend Footprint Floors for your flooring needs and care!
Mike Briddell 03/20/24 — google
It was great luck to meet Nate. Since I previously had experience working with floor painting specialists, I was preparing for long deadlines and rework. Nate did his work quickly and efficiently, showed up on time, and did everything as promised. Dealing with him left a pleasant aftertaste. I can confidently recommend it to friends.
Natalia S 01/22/24 — google
Nate and his team were outstanding! They were timely, pleasant and the workmanship exceeded our expectations. Highly recommend them!
Gene Rhinehart 09/19/23 — google
Nate and his team did a fabulous job restoring our floors! They exceeded our expectations!
Kathy Parks 09/18/23 — google
Excellent work. 100% satisfaction.
Paul Stocks 08/10/23 — google
Just had my floors redone by Footprints and was really impressed. I was nervous because we had water damage and was going from a dark cherry stain to a lighter color and loved how they turned out.
Jayme Haynes 08/10/23 — google
We were amazed at the wonderful job Nate and his crew did. Our soft wood floors had 30 years worth of scratches and scrapes. Our floors now look brand new! The quality of the workmanship was excellent, the workers were professional and the work was completed on time. Thank you!
Terry Annema 07/23/23 — google
We called Footprint Floors to install wood in place of the old carpet we currently had. We originally wanted to match existing wood in the house. Once the installers got here they realized that the new wood was not the same height as the already installed wood. We immediately spoke with our Sales rep, Nate and worked out a new plan to replace all the wood in the house. Nate and the Footprint floor installers were very professional, and responsive to the issues that arose, which always seems to happen with construction projects. We were very happy with the end results and would strongly recommend Nate and Footprint Floors.
D. Feller 07/11/23 — google
Great communication, clean efficient process. Good quality work. Highly recommended.
Anthony Hamilton 06/8/23 — google
I was so pleased during the remodel of my house to find original hardwood floors. Now, after repairs and refinishing from Footprints, the floor is my favorite part of the remodel. The kitchen and hallway to our bedroom did not have wood originally, but they've weaved in the new wood with the existing wood so well, it all looks original. Overall, Footprints far exceeded my expectations and I would recommend them to anyone.
Jaime Bickmeier 06/7/23 — google
We had several rooms re-tiled: bathrooms, mudroom floor, and kitchen backsplash. Footprints Floors delivers! From the skilled labor from Nate's tile installation crew, quality communication, accurate timeline of work project, punctuality, prioritizing customer satisfaction, to all-around nice people to work with. Highly recommend Nate and his team.
Holli Kaplan 05/17/23 — google
Nate and team were great, highly recommended! On time, on budget, very professional and reliable.
Scot Wilce 05/15/23 — google
We used Nate and his crew to install the engineered white oak flooring throughout our home in Bellingham (2000 square feet). He and his crew were professional and responsive. Nate went above and beyond and we are so happy we went with Footprint for our flooring. I highly recommend them for any flooring project.
Becky G 04/28/23 — google
Nate sanded and efficiently finished an old oak floor, fixed imperfections, so it looks beautiful. He used a special LED light to cure the oil finish. I was able to walk on the floor right away. I would highly recommend this company.
Carolyn Card 04/22/23 — google
We had our wood floors in the kitchen refinished and now they look brand new! Excellent company!
Mary Vale 03/31/23 — 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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