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Professional hardwood floor refinishing in Nashville / Brentwood.

Floor Refinishing vs. Restoration


Professional Hardwood Floor Refinishing in Nashville / Brentwood

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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 Nashville / Brentwood. 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 Nashville / Brentwood

Professional flooring refinishing near you in Nashville / Brentwood - Footprints Floors.

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

Footprints Floors did an awesome job refinishing my floors. They took the time to make sure the floors matched previous color and were very careful moving the furniture. They even came back to redo a spot where my dog left paw prints! Miguel and his crew worked hard and efficiently. They were very polite and cleaned up when finished. Saul was very communicative which made the process easy. I would very definitely recommend this company and would use them again.
Jamie Reid 07/20/24 — google
Prep and installation were excellent. Attention to detail was outstanding.
Brick Emerson 07/19/24 — google
I've been in construction for over 20+ yrs. These guys did a fantastic job. They removed our furniture, installed new hardwood where we had tile, refinished our floors and moved furniture back in place. Saul kept in contact with pics, texts and calls during the entire process and answered all our questions during and after completion. I highly recommend these guys and would use them again.
Jeff Webb 07/11/24 — facebook
They. Right on time and helped with things. They were professional and very kind. I would highly recommend them.
Martha Hathaway 07/4/24 — google
I am so thankful to Saul for organizing everything for my LVP install and ensuring all was going smoothly throughout the installation. Saul was a pleasure to work with and was very communicative and prompt. He checked in and followed up and was able to accommodate the specific things I wanted (something NO OTHER installers who quoted me could do) saving me a lot of stress! And to Wilson and his crew…another huge THANK YOU!!! They did phase 1 of my install last year and I was really hoping to have them again for phase 2. When Saul confirmed it would be then, I knew I was in good hands! They are a very hard working group!! They stayed an additional 2.5 hours (making for an almost 12 hr workday!) making sure my additional requests were complete. They are very punctual, professional and I love that they put an emphasis on putting things back exactly as they were and maintaining a clean worksite throughout the install. I just can’t say enough about everyone involved!! Oh, and I should add, their pricing FAR exceeded every other company I asked for a quote from!!! They were also the ONLY company able to accommodate exactly what I wanted! Highly highly recommend!!
Rachel Longcrier 07/4/24 — google
I used Footprints Floors for a recent outdoor patio project. They put down travertine paver tiles for me and exceeded my expectations in terms of quality of work, cost effectiveness, and thorough communication throughout the duration of the project. They did such a great job on the patio tile that I asked them to do new tile in one of our guest bathrooms. They did a great job on that project as well. I plan to utilize their services during two more bathroom remodels. I highly recommend Footprints Floors!!!
Rob Vincent 07/1/24 — google
We recently had Footprints Floors remove old carpet and refinish the hardwood floors that were underneath the carpet. Austin clearly explained what would be entailed and arranged for the work to be done. Email communications were helpful in preparing our space for the work. Kyle was the crew supervisor, and he was responsive to my questions and requests. The floors are absolutely beautiful! We are very satisfied with how well Footprints Floors completed our project.
Carol Krau 06/29/24 — google
All the staff did an amazing job! Everything was completed within a week of me going on Angi’s List (Getting estimates, set up work appointment and two days install) The installer Marvin did a beautiful job. We plan on using them again when we remodel other projects also!
Lisa Hendrixson 06/27/24 — google
work comlpeted quickly and done well. would use them again.
P Curtis 06/24/24 — google
Omg these people at this company are simply amazing! They did 2 main floors in my newly built townhome. They were fast and did the best work. I am so happy with Footprint Floors! Thank you so much.
Katrina Harris 06/20/24 — google
Footprints, outstanding job, sanding, staining and finishing my oak hardwood floor. Then when there were a couple of incidents like furniture, scratches and stains, they responded quickly quickly and efficiently.
Patrick Lavin 06/18/24 — google
Had a great experience with Footprint Floors. Our project involved 3 phases, which Austin was able to price separately, Saul was our project manager for phase 2 and did a great job of communicating without the project. Miquel and his crew were efficient and able to get the job done in a day less than anticipated. Love the Floors. Phase 3 later this Fall
Neal Spencer 06/14/24 — google
Had Footprints Floors install the backsplash on my new house. It turned out great! They were very professional and easy to work with. Very prompt in responses and getting the free estimate done and they were able to get the work scheduled very quickly. It took Andy one day to complete the backsplash and he did amazing!
Cayla Bostic-Bixby 06/12/24 — google
We had our hardwood floors refinished and from start to finish the customer service from Footprints Flooring was phenomenal. Saul came out and prepared our quote and reviewed with me prior to leaving. We were having other work done at the house so it took a while for us to be ready to set a start date. I asked Saul to reach out on certain occasions to see where we were and he did. A few days prior to starting the project they came out a placed sample colors on the floor for us which was absolutely necessary because the shades can look completely different from the display colors once on the floor. When we decided all of our top picks wouldn’t work Saul suggested we try one more color, and it was perfect for us! The crew and Saul arrived on time to start the work. Miguel was the crew manager and they got right to work. We rented a local Airbnb so we were able to stop by frequently to check out the progress. Once complete Saul did a final walk through we us and there were a couple of spots we needed addressed and those were promptly handled. We are so happy with the final results on our floors!! The communication and and customer service we received from Footprints Flooring is the best we have experienced with any company we have ever worked with. I highly recommend them to anyone for their flooring needs.
K W 06/3/24 — google
Kyle and team were great! I love the way my new floor looks! I would definitely work with them again.
Karen Fairbend 05/31/24 — google
Josh and his team are amazing! We damaged a hardwood floor with a piece of heavy furniture and it looked irreparable. Less than 24 hours later, it would take special glasses to see the mark and the price was shockingly, amazingly fair. So fair, in fact, I feel I probably owe them a favor.
Justin Leedy 05/30/24 — google
We hired Footprints Flooring to redo the floors in our historic 1940’s home. The previous owners had removed the original hardwood floors and replaced with cheap flooring and carpet which was in pretty bad shape. We were dealing with a few very uneven floors and quirky parts of the home due to its age. The team at F.F. were so reassuring and went above and beyond in addressing our concerns, and were able to completely level out the floors while installing our new oak flooring. The finish work is really remarkable, and you can tell how much time and care they took while installing. We couldn’t recommend them more, and will definitely be calling them when it comes time to remodel our bathroom floors. Thank you!
Hannah Hastings 05/30/24 — google
Great experience, very good craftsmanship. A job well done, I would definitely recommend them.
Ryan Ricks 05/28/24 — google
Saul and his team did a great job with my kitchen back splash and bathroom. They were punctual and attentive. Friendly and professional. Great service I would recommend and I will work with them again if I need any more tile work.
B O.D.A. 05/25/24 — google
Great experience from start to finish working with Footprints Floors. They rescreened the hardwood floors on the first floor of my home and removed all the furniture and returned twice to put back the furniture after 24 hours and the carpets after 3 days. Their work was diligent and well executed, and they were a pleasure to work with.
Daliah S 05/22/24 — google

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