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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 Frisco 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 Frisco 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 Frisco 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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Excellent company who did an excellent job on my bathroom shower & floor remodel! Alan was easy to work with, very fair & ethical, and his installer was awesome. I 100% recommend Footprints!
Stacie Dugas 03/2/24 — google
Alan and Brice were extremely knowledgable, professional and pleasant to work with, and were always very responsive and happy to work with us to address our needs during the entire project. Our floors were water damaged. A portion of the floors had to be removed and replaced, and the entire hardwood area had to be sanded, stained and sealed to ensure color consistency (about 2,000 square feet of hardwoods) and you’d never know where the new floor intersects with the existing floor. Would highly recommend Footorints Flooring. A few photos are attached.
Angela Thiele 03/1/24 — google
Alan and his crew manager Brice helped us replaced our 20 year old floor, we had a great overall experience. The initial estimate and follow up process with Alan was smooth and informative, he helped us choose the right product that best suit our need and gave us some excellent suggestions from a professional's perspective. Brice made sure the crew are up to quality and speed everyday and I can't speak good enough of him. There was some hiccups with one of the crew members but so is everything in life - not perfect. I would recommend them for you flooring needs.
Lidongfang Guo 02/17/24 — google
This is my second time using the company and nothing short of amazing. Highly recommended
Delicia Fields 02/6/24 — google
Brice was very helpful and did excellent work! Our floors turned out perfect!
joel Witcher 01/22/24 — google
Very professional and quality work. Joaquin did an amazing job and the team including Brice and Nathan and Alan were great. Very prompt to reply and fast and dependable.
Houda El-Jarrah 01/13/24 — google
Footprints Floors was great! They were quick and easy to work with! Love the end product!
Christina Freeze 01/8/24 — google
I worked with Alan, and he was one of the most professional people I’ve ever worked with. He was attentive, communicated throughout the project, and even came to personally oversee the project on a Saturday. And the work was spot-on. Highly recommended!
Greg Tucker 01/7/24 — google
I worked with Alan, and he was one of the most professional people I’ve ever worked with. He was attentive, communicated throughout the project, and even came to personally oversee the project on a Saturday. And the work was spot-on. Highly recommended!
Greg Tucker 01/7/24 — facebook
Fabulous work from a professional and efficient team! We are elated with the quality of work, professionalism and beautiful work the team did. We highly recommend Footprints Floors for all your renovation and tiling needs!
Kathleen Reiter 01/2/24 — google
It was a pleasure to work with such a professional group. Everything went as promised, on time and on budget! Great people!
Gary Welch 12/22/23 — google
Alan did a great job explaining in detail the issues with my floor, how to address them and what options are available. Extremely knowledgeable!! Thank you Alan!
Archie Reddy 12/20/23 — google
Brice and his crew did an excellent job installing flooring throughout our house. Brice was prompt and was in contact every step of the way. I couldn’t be happier with the work they’ve done. Highly recommend this group.
Sean 12/16/23 — google
Footprints Floors did a wonderful job with our new tile floors. From the very beginning Alan was so responsive and professional and I was very impressed. A detailed estimate was presented in writing and every change was documented and signed off on. The crew that installed the tile was so good. Not only were they skilled, they showed up every day on time and worked hard all day. Brice was a great project manager and checked on the progress every day. I would highly recommend Footprints Floors for your flooring needs!
Valerie Studer 12/1/23 — google
Excellent work and i am super pleased with the result. Outstanding project management from Brice, who gave me lots of great advice. Fantastic execution from the team, competent, respectful and professional. Not to mention a good commercial offer as well ! I warmly recommend Footprint Floors!
Frederic Cohen 11/17/23 — google
Just had my LVP floors installed with Footprints and very happy. Alan has a great crew.
Brian Schoen 11/14/23 — google
Replaced some hardwood planks that had water damage. Great work!
Allen Pack 11/3/23 — google
Wonderful!
Karey Gleason 11/1/23 — google
Footprints floors has been one of the best companies we’ve worked with in home design/construction. We’ve worked with them twice for two separate projects on two separate homes. Both times they exceeded our expectations with their level of service and communication. Alan, the owner, met with us at the beginning to talk through our project this last round. Alan has always made us feel assured that our project will go smoothly while also giving us his honest opinion about the timeframe and any hiccups we might run into along the way. For the oversight of our project we worked with Brice, who gave us updates about the work just about every day and made sure the project finished on time. He and the crew were punctual and the project finished before we expected. We are extremely pleased with our floors and highly recommend this company to our friends and neighbors!
Grace Griffith 10/24/23 — google
Job: Bathroom floor retile Alan came on time to quote the job and was able to send a crew a few days later. The project manager Brice came to verify the crew and materials. The guys worked hard all day, removing the old tiles and installing the new tiles. The job was done perfectly in one day and looks great. Brice came back to check the completed project and pick up a check.
Susan Hearst 10/23/23 — 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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