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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 Livonia / Farmington Hills 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 Livonia / Farmington Hills 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 Livonia / Farmington Hills 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

They did a great job. Thank you,
Dr. M. Farrag 11/19/23 — google
Overall did a great job, kept dust to a minimum, the floors look great and they were very quick and easy to work with.
Chris Pecoraro 11/9/23 — google
I recently contracted Footprints Floors to install new flooring in my living room. The sales manager Billy was extremely knowledgeable and professional. The job was scheduled in a very efficient manner. The crew was very professional, friendly and efficient. I am so very happy with the outcome of this project! Most definitely recommend them for any flooring needs you may have and I will definitely contact them for any future projects I may have.
Dawn McDaniel 11/3/23 — google
This company is amazing! On time, professional and polite. They tiled my bathroom and fireplace and it looks AMAZING! I even had to leave them alone in my house and go to work for almost the entire project and they were great. A few unexpected issues with the project came up and they fixed everything for a very fair additional fee. Will definitely be using them again!
Sarah Mckeehen 10/31/23 — google
Footprints changed my stairs from carpet to vinyl plank. Very happy with the quality of work and price, I think it looks beautiful.
Venture B. 10/30/23 — google
I had the carpeting and padding torn up in the living room, hallway and one bedroom and the wood floors were a BIG mess. The guys worked quite hard to get them sanded down well enough to refinish them. We chose our stain color and when the time came that the floors were ready for color they did a beautiful job. I couldn’t believe they were the same floors! I was sure we would have to re-carpet , friends and family were in awe of the job! I highly recommend this company and crew if you are looking at getting your wood floors refinished, you will not regret it.
julie peters 10/17/23 — google
Had floors (1100 sq. ft.) re-done (repaired, sanded, stained, sealed) on old home. Sales/pre-work communication was great (Jennie), but when it came time to do the job, communication was messy - coordinating between the owner, hand-off from sales, site manager, and sub-contractor actually doing the job; and the job took a longer time than expected (one-man crew, about 10 days). That being said, the cost was competitive/affordable, and the quality was awesome - since these are the two most important aspects, I give them 5-stars, and would recommend.
Erik Christen 10/17/23 — google
I was able to have my backsplash tile job within two weeks of contacting the company. The price was very good and the quality was meticulously completed in one day.
Jackie Bonadio 09/30/23 — google
Footprints installation made easy did a fantastic job on my floors, they were very responsive and informative. I would definitely use them again in the future!
Andrew Korby 09/15/23 — google
Footprint Floors did an AMAZING job on my new floors. We had some porcelain tiles installed after a flood ruined the vinyl floors we had previously and this guys came in and got the job done quickly and with great quality and attention to detail. I’m recommending them to everyone I know!!
Chris Jones 09/7/23 — google
Great experience with Footprints, very quick scheduling and installation, good communication, great care of the details in the execution.
Nicola Fachechi 09/6/23 — google
These guys were great. Billy the sales rep. was especially helpful and kind. The installation went great. The guys were on time, respectful and did a great job. I will be using them in the future.
Joseph Long 08/28/23 — google
I'm extremely happy with the outcome of my project. The installers were very professional and worked tirelessly to complete the project. They are a true credit to their craft.
Bob Offenbacher 07/10/23 — google
Good professional crew.
Daniel Twardy 06/15/23 — google
The whole crew was professional and courteous with excellent workmanship. Would definitely recommend!
kdzimnicki 06/12/23 — google
Amazing job!
Cheri 05/25/23 — google
This is an excellent company. The tile backsplash they installed is perfect. They were also very professional and gave us a fair price. The owner truly cares about making sure you are happy with their work. I will be using them for future projects.
Lesli Walsh 05/24/23 — google
We would hire them again. Excellent service and good communication. They sanded and repaired1000 square feet of oak floors.
Victor Ratkus 05/15/23 — google
Adnan and his crew were very professional. We enjoyed working with them. They installed a walk in shower floor and tiled the entire shower. They also installed in floor heating and tile on the bathroom floor. The crew always checked with us to make sure, what they were doing is what we wanted. They completed the job before the timeline they gave. There were a couple of mishaps but they were right back out to make the repairs. We would 100% work with them again.
Colleen Haney 03/16/23 — google
We just had our floors refinished by Adnan’s team RJ & Kel and guys. We cannot begin to express how grateful we are to them and what an amazing job they did on our floors!!! They were timely, efficient, very courteous, helpful and knowledgeable. We highly, highly recommend Footprints Floors Metro Detroit and will happily refer family, friends and anybody that needs any flooring needs to them. Thanks so much guys!!! Blessings, Chris and Zoë
Zoe Miller 03/16/23 — 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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