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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 Kansas City 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.


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 Kansas City 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 Kansas City 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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This is the third time we have used Footprints floors for our remodeling needs. Dan is great with communication and setting expectations and making sure the job goes well from start to finish.
misty winemiller 09/22/23 — google
This is an installation company that is reliable, dependable, timely, and very likable and friendly.
Janice Darling 09/18/23 — google
Dan and his team at footprints flooring were professional and courteous. They arrived on time to install the new tile and radiant floor heating in my foyer. Dan is honest and sincere. I would welcome him and his team into my home anytime and trust them to be there without me being home.
Mike Fuemmeler 09/14/23 — google
We are very impressed with our luxury vinyl plank and stair carpeting installation. The cost was reasonable, the job bid and scheduling were timely and thorough. The team was on time, professional, and efficient. I will use them again and recommend them for both plank flooring and carpet. Thank you Footprints! Carol and Jim G, Overland Park KS.
Carol Garner 09/5/23 — google
Would highly recommend Footprints for anyone needing flooring installation. They were responsive, communicated well, thorough with our quote and pointed out things about our floor that other companies didn’t. They got the job done quickly and our floors look great. Very happy we chose them for our flooring installation!
Kristin Allen 09/3/23 — google
Dan and team did a fantastic job installing our new flooring. The entire process was so smooth and there was great communication at every single step in the process! I would absolutely go with them for any future flooring projects. Highly recommend!!
Shelby Kamerick 07/28/23 — google
Dan and his team were professional, friendly and finished the hardwood floor color change quickly and on time as promised. They also made a repair where we had some water damage and it is seamless with the rest of the floor. Highly recommend.
Jyl Lindig 07/20/23 — google
Footprints did an amazing job refinishing our neglected hardwood floors. They made the process very easy from top to bottom through great customer service and communication and their turnaround time was incredible. Would definitely recommend for anyone who wants a refinishing job done right!
Cole Klinkhammer 07/19/23 — google
👣 Footprints refinished my floors and they were all very very professional and just did an awesome job. I would highly recommend them to anyone.
Ruth Sapp 06/29/23 — google
Footprint Floors refinished existing hardwood floors in the foyer and the kitchen. They installed new hardwood floors in the great room and hallway. Footprint Floors also installed LVP in the hall bathroom and laundry room, installed a new stacked stone fireplace surround, and new tile fireplace hearth. Dan and his crew made the entire process easy from the estimate to the completion of the project. The few glitches encountered along the way were quickly corrected as Dan kept us informed during the process with texts and photos. We would highly recommend Footprint Floors for your flooring needs.
Julie Nelson 06/26/23 — google
Dan & his crew did an excellent job for us installing tile flooring in three of our bathrooms. We would highly recommend Dan & his crew!
Dieter Kinner 06/25/23 — google
Footprints refinished our hardwood floors on the main and added hardwood to 2 other rooms on the same floor. We were out of town and Dan kept us updated on each step of the process. The floors are beautiful and seamless in transition between the new and old. Very pleased with the result as well as the professional and thorough work. Highly recommend!!
Patricia Wohlford 06/23/23 — google
Footprints Floors transformed our home! Dan was a pleasure to work with and his crew completed everything on time, taking care to everything RIGHT. I couldn't be happier with our new floors and plan to use Footprints soon for our next projects!
Melissa Welch 06/2/23 — google
Can’t recommend Dan and his team enough. The price was fair and Dan made sure to answer every question I had. They were timely and my floors look even better than I anticipated (102 year old Pine.) Thank you so much!
Elizabeth Sooby 05/12/23 — google
We had some new flooring installed in two bathrooms and both look fabulous. Dan was a great help and was able to fit our project in quickly! Highly recommend
Nicole Porter 05/11/23 — google
The entire process of having new floors installed was seamless. Dan was on top of the delivery of wood. He explained the timing and was quick to respond to questions. He worked very hard to find the perfect stain that i wanted and the crew was efficient. i highly recommend this business for any wood floor project. They were excellent and you won’t be disappointed.
Maribeth Brennaman 04/14/23 — google
Working with Dan and his team was a complete dream! Installing some new wood floors in a room and refinishing the existing wood floors to all match was a process we felt some anxiety over, but Dan and his team made it so easy. They were on time, finished the job ahead of schedule, and fixed a few spots that I had concerns about. We will consider using them again for some tile work we have coming up.
Angel Sanford 04/4/23 — google
Dan is very professional, and our floors look beautiful.
Jodi Scruggs 03/30/23 — google
No doubt that home remodeling can be stressful, overwhelming and unsettling. All I can say is that working with Dan Hermansen and his incredible team with Footprints Floors, took all of the stress out of this daunting journey! Not only did they go above and beyond my expectations by moving and removing furniture, boxes and “stuff” … they literally brought JOY and calm to the process! These guys really know what it means to provide quality work, hard work, timely work and an outstanding finished project! Do not hesitate to work with or book these guys! They are incredibly knowledgeable about anything floors! They are amazing!
Jan Peters 03/24/23 — google
We recently noticed a crack in our shower tile floor. I contacted Footprints to obtain an estimate of repair and advice. Jodi returned my message very quickly and set up a time to speak with Dan about the issue. Dan reviewed my photos of the problem and gave me options that were simple DIY fixes. He was friendly and personable. Although he didn’t make any money from this project, he will be my first call for any future needs. Very pleased with the response and advice.
Mary Matzke 03/23/23 — 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.

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