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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 Louisville 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 Louisville 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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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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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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