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So you know your floors need help—but how do you know if they need to be restored or just refinished? There are several factors to keep in mind when making this decision and finding professional hardwood floor refinishing in Louisville. Understanding the needs of your hardwood floors can save you thousands of dollars and a good deal of stress.

Determine What Your Floors Need

There are three main factors to consider when determining if you need floor refinishing or restoration: the condition of your floors, the age of your floors, and the type of hardwood.

Hardwood floors in homes built after the 1940s with light scuffs or scratches, some wear from foot traffic and have lost a bit of shine probably just need to be refinished. Floors installed before the 1940s with more significant signs of damage (deeper scratches from furniture, or floorboards that are warped or cracked, for instance) will likely need to be restored instead.

If you’re not sure what your floors need, consult with a professional hardwood floor refinishing company like Footprints Floors. We’ll be able to advise you on whether your floors need to be restored or just refinished and provide you with a free estimate for the work.

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The Refinishing Process


Broken down, the steps to refinish a hardwood floor are very simple.

  • 1. Strip the floor of its current finishing.
  • 2. Sand or “screen” the floor to remove scratches or other signs of wear and tear from the surface.
  • 3. Give the floor a brand–new finish!

Refinishing a floor is not just a weekend project. Weather, the type of wood and the size of the floors you need refinished are all factors that play into how long a refinishing project takes. Also, despite the simplicity of the steps, a lot can go wrong. Uneven sanding or incorrect application of a finish can make your floors look worse than before.

As a professional hardwood floor refinishing company, the licensed contractors of Footprints Floors can get the job done quickly and correctly, so you aren’t inconvenienced in your home for long. And you can feel confident about the work done, so you don’t have to refinish your floors again for a long time.

The Restoration Process


Restoration of a hardwood floor is more labor intensive than refinishing. Hiring a company that understands different types of wood and how different kinds of damage will impact the restoration process is essential.

Some restoration steps are similar to refinishing—both require stripping away a current finish, sanding and applying a new finish. However, floor restoration involves more significant repairs and may even need patches of complete replacement. Depending on the depth of restoration required, these projects can take more than a week to complete.

Both refinishing and restoring floors are time–intensive, labor–intensive processes involving heavy, dangerous equipment. It is generally much more cost–effective and time–efficient to hire an outside contractor rather than attempt to do the job yourself.

The Best for Your Floor—and Your Budget Professional Hardwood Floor Refinishing in Louisville

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There are many things that homeowners can do to care for the hardwood floors in their homes. For instance, regular cleaning of your floors can help keep them looking nice and prevent long–term damage. Sweeping with soft–bristled brooms, regular vacuuming to remove dirt, and mopping with specialty hardwood floor cleaning solutions can all work wonders on your floors.

Of course, even with care, hardwood floors are not impervious to damage. Your pets might scratch the surface. Water damage might cause a section of the floor to warp or have a loose board that wobbles. You might notice gaps appearing between planks over time and as the weather changes, causing the wood to expand or contract, or you might have dents in the wood from high foot traffic areas. Perhaps your floors just don't look as shiny and new as you'd like. When your own cleaning and maintenance doesn't go as far as they used to, it's time to refinish or even restore.

While it is possible to DIY hardwood refinishing and even restoration, someone without experience can easily damage a hardwood floor. Instead of paying for a costly repair, get it right the first time by calling a professional hardwood floor refinishing company. They'll get the job done right the first time.

Footprints Floors has years of experience working on all kinds of flooring in all types of conditions. From beautiful, rare mahogany floors in Victorian homes to the stunning red oak floors of a mid–century modern suburb house and everything in between, Footprints Floors can do the job right.

We're committed to providing high–quality finishes at the lowest possible rate in a reasonable amount of time. We work to save our clients stress (and money!) as we work to give them floors that look brand new! We won't offer you services you don't need and are confident you will be satisfied with the finished project. Contact us today for a free estimate on your hardwood floor refinishing or restoration project.

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What Our Customers Say

Ben did a great job of supervising and coordinating the hard work of Jeff the tilest!!! Fantastic job), Laura from Prosource who picked me out the tiles and the plumbers who removed and replaced the toilet. I will definitely use Footprints again!! Thank u for all the hard work on everyone’s part!!
Anne Reed 11/17/22 — google
Great company! Quality work, done very timely. I would highly recommend them!
Adam Ashley 11/14/22 — google
Beautiful job installing my mosaic tile back splash in the kitchen.
Dennis Raif 11/12/22 — google
Fantastic communication & wonderful work. Will use again.
Mike Rose 11/6/22 — google
These guys are awesome. Footprints replaced all the flooring on the entire first floor of our townhouse—living room, dining room, kitchen, half-bath, laundry room, and closet. Tile and laminate both. Everything looks GORGEOUS now. Ben and his crew had more than a few challenges with our place, but they handled them all with professionalism and good cheer. Super nice folks and extremely good at what they do. We’re already making plans to hire them next year to make our upstairs floors look beautiful, too. Thanks, Footprints!
Elizabeth Bevarly 11/1/22 — google
Ben’s team at Footprints did a wonderful job of refinishing three rooms of white oak flooring at my home. They were always on time and professional, minimized the dust very well, helpful with stain color choice, the price was reasonable, and the finished product was perfect and beautiful. Highly recommend!
Cindy Simpson 11/1/22 — google
Ben showed up and was on time for the estimate. Some other contractors were not. He was knowledgeable about product and flooring installation. The estimate was a little more than others but it included more services. The Team showed up and was on time. They worked without piddling around. Did not ever catch them on their phones. Very helpful and listened to my concerns. Answered my questions politely and professionally. Swept the floor and left the furniture in order before leaving. I could not be happier.
Terry Stinnett 10/21/22 — google
Had the pleasure of working with Ben and Eddie on a project for our screened porch. They were incredibly easy and pleasant to work with from beginning to end. Their work is great: quality work, efficient, honest, and thorough. We will absolutely work with them again in the future. 6/5 stars - we definitely recommend them for your next project!
Kaitlin Daniels 10/20/22 — google
Ben was great to work with and my floors came out absolutely amazing! Definitely recommend this company for refinishing or installing new flooring!
Dortha Griffith 10/17/22 — google
Footprints Flooring are wonderful to work with. They provided fair pricing and helped connect me with a good flooring supplier as well. Installation was an easy, smooth process. I fully intend to hire them again soon to do the flooring in a different area of my home!
AMBER HENRY 10/13/22 — google
The quality of workmanship was unparalleled. Eddie who did the work knew exactly what to do to bring out the beauty of our parquet floor (28 years old). It honestly looks like a new floor was installed. I highly recommend this company.
Allen L. Sr. Harris 10/7/22 — google
Footprints installed flooring in our business and did a really great job. Very responsive to any issue we had and completed the work in a timely manner with as little disruption to our business as possible. Many thanks to Ben and his team!
Grant Davidson 09/27/22 — google
Jerry installer was very professional, he goes over each step and will answer question, even when he is very busy. Ben, Great Customer service. He stays in touch throughtout the entire process. Want to install hardwood flooring contact these guys.
Marshall Hadley 09/26/22 — google
Ben and his team refinished the original subfloors in our home in Louisville from the 1940s. It looks absolutely amazing and they were a pleasure to work with. Highly recommend!
emmasvn 07/28/22 — google
Everything looks amazing, love my new floors. The only big issue we had was the job completion not being on time and way behind schedule. This project was estimated to take 1 week. Starting Monday June 20th and ending Friday June 25th. There were a few hiccups out of our control so final touches were completed today July 8th. Putting painting and texturing behind for us. This is my only real complaint. Beyond the long process, my house looks amazing, and over all I'm very pleased with the work completed. Ben was easy to talk to during the entire process and did his very best to make us happy. I will recommend his company to others in the future.
J Dog 07/8/22 — google
The crew arrived on time, were courteous and cleaned up anything left from the job! I appreciated that they took time and explained the difference between vertical and horizontal laying of the floor. Chose vertical and my great room looks more open and airy! Men did a fantastic job! Recommend Footprints Floors Kentucky with no hesitation! They are great!!!
CharlesEtta Nana 06/22/22 — google
Was very pleased with the workmanship, timing and quality of my refinished floors. It has been 15 years since they were installed and now they look new again. Would highly recommend Footprints Floors for any project you might have.
Ann Schwartz 06/1/22 — google
Very pleased with the prompt response and scheduling of our work. Ben is a great contact person and communicates well.
Janet M 05/3/22 — google
Very professional, knowledgeable, and courteous.
Kim Metzger 04/12/22 — google
Ben and his team at Footprints Flooring were extremely professional and helpful. The floor installation process was smooth and quick and outcome exceeded my expectations. Definitely recommend and will be using their services again.
Erin Brinley 04/5/22 — google

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