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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 Fort Collins to help you with your decision-making process. If you want more information, check out our web pages dedicated to different kinds of flooring.

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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 Fort Collins 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 Fort Collins 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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Aaron was great to work with and the tile installer did a wonderful job.
Betsy Moorman 09/22/23 — google
✨️ HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! ✨️VERY DEPENDABLE ✨️Footprints Floors did an amazing install start to finish. The customer experience was above and beyond. We were able to get a quote and floors installed in less than a month. Aaron and his team were courteous, and communication was on point. We will be using them for every floor install moving forward.
Ginger Amador 09/10/23 — google
Shawn and Aaron were a pleasure to work with. They came in to a project that had been initially scoped out by someone else and they worked with me to explain what they could do to complete the job. All installation was done by them and it looks AMAZING. Shawn found several details he could do with expert skill to make the while project look more polished instead of just installing what the other company would have done. Aaron is responsive, thoughtful, and fair. I would recommend Footprints to anyone.
Sloan Young 09/9/23 — google
There’s a reason why this company has such high ratings. From start to finish, Aaron and Trevor went above and beyond to ensure I was satisfied with my LVP flooring install. From Aaron not only providing me with a shopping list, but also being on-site multiple times to ensure I was happy with the progress, he went above and beyond what I would have expected from an owner. It shows he truly cares. Trevor, who did the actual install, was polite, courteous and always on time. He is truly an expert at his craft and by the finished product, I can tell he takes pride in his work. I would not hesitate recommending these guys to anyone who is in need of flooring work. Great price, great work ethic and a pleasure to work with. Thanks guys!
Kate Dennis 09/3/23 — google
Aaron and his team are an absolute gem to work with. Our house was completely transformed over the course of the project and we couldn't be happier with the quality of our new floors. Aaron kept us updated on project updates or decisions needed in a professional and personal way, and walked us through the project from beginning to end. Watching Footprints Floors work as a team was confidence inspiring, and the precision of the father & son team laying the floors was nothing short of awe-inspiring to witness. From our family to yours Aaron thank you for your work and commitment to excellence. God bless you guys!
Simeon Heckman 08/29/23 — google
We couldn't be more happy with how our refinished floors turned out by going with Footprints Flooring. We purchased a home that we considered replacing floors but opted for a refinish. They worked with us closely while we were living out of state. They were very meticulous to make sure they understood what we wanted. Kept us informed every step of the way, and tested some areas to make sure we liked how it would turn out. They even sent pictures with different angles and lighting. With all the moving pieces involved in buying a house from out of state, selling a house, and moving, working with Footprints Flooring was the easiest process and kept our minds at ease through excellent communication. The results were beyond expectations and it was a great value compared to a flooring replacement. You can tell when people are passionate about the work they do. That is what you get with footprints flooring. We highly recommend them for your project.
Chuck Molnar 08/22/23 — google
Aaron is extremely knowledgeable in all aspects of flooring and tile work. Aaron's crew was prompt, clean and did an amazing job on my laminate flooring project. Can't wait to have him do my bathroom tile work! Highly highly recommend Footprints.
Andrew suft 07/24/23 — google
We were under a tight timeframe to resand the floors for a tenant turnover. Aaron was amazing and got our job fitted in the same week. Floors were in pretty bad shape with some serious stains from potted plants. He was able to get the stains out and completed the whole job (albeit small since it was just a kitchen and foyer) in just one day. Floors look almost new now. He was careful an$ professional throughout with great communication to keep me informed and to approve color after the first coat. Will definitely use him again.
Mary Seto 07/13/23 — google
Working with Aaron at Footprint Floors was a wonderful experience. Communication through the entire process from start to finish was exceptional. Always knew what the status of the job was. The installers, David and Milene did an amazing job. Our floors turned out so beautiful. What a great crew! Amazing company all around.
T M 07/10/23 — google
Absolutely gorgeous!!! This is the second time hiring Footprints to lay hardwood floors and both experiences have been nothing short of exceptional. I can not say enough about how well the floors look in my new space. Foodprints held a level of high detail all the way through the project. Now that the job is done all the professional work screams best in town!
cveggs cveggs 07/1/23 — google
We can’t not recommend Footprint Flooring highly enough! We had water damage and needed the laundry room flooring replaced and repaired. They were FANTASTIC with communication and were quick to get the job done. We completely trusted them to be in our home and to do an excellent job!
Beth Foster 06/19/23 — google
The best experience work with Aaron & Footprints Floors. He discovered an issue with my baseboards and not only provided a solution but went and picked them up for me with less than a days notice! 5 Star Service! My LVP floors look great!
Adam 06/16/23 — google
Excellent job performance. On time, covered all the details and texted questions in advance so no surprises. Unqualified high praise.
Kent Jakobsen 05/8/23 — google
I’ve had two projects completed by Footprints and they’ve done an amazing job on both projects. I will definitely use them for any future projects and highly recommend them.
Blair Galbreath 05/4/23 — google
My experince with Footprints Floors was excellent and I would highly recommend them. Aaron made every part of the process go as smoothly as possible. Thanks to Trevor's skill my new hardwoods look great.
Kathy Fryer 05/3/23 — google
From the moment I met Aaron, I knew this was a GOOD person-he provided a very detailed estimate, so I knew what might happen the when the inevitable ‘other’ happened, communication was immediate and he was patient with my questions and helped me come up with a solution that I could afford plus made me so happy. I recommend with out ANY reservation at all!!
Annika Kostrubala 05/2/23 — google
Aaron was great from estimate through completion of the job. He answered all questions we had and was quite professional. Shawn did all of the work on installing a backsplash and new hardwood floor in our kitchen. Very high quality work. I recommend Footprints floors without hesitation and give my highest praise to the quality and craftsmanship of the work. Aaron and Shawn are the best.
Sam LaTona 05/2/23 — google
Tile work came out better than expected. Shawn's feed back and skill is why it turned out so good. We love it thanks!
Tina Riepl 04/28/23 — google
Footprints Floors is the best! Aaron and his team that came to finish our floors were attentive, detailed, informative, professional and friendly. Our floors turned out beautifully. My husband and I highly recommend this company!
Patricia Ritzen 03/25/23 — google
We can’t be more pleased with how professional and talented Shawn and Aaron are. We. LOVE how beautiful our floor turned out!
Maureen Chiaramonte 03/9/23 — 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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