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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 Nashville / Brentwood 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 Nashville / Brentwood 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 Nashville / Brentwood 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.

Covering everything from design and installation to clean up, our team helps increase the value of your property with brand new hardwood floors. Contact us today to request a free estimate!

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What Our Customers Say

We have a new home! They turned our 30 yo dark floors into smooth, light stained floors. Placed new baseboards and shoe moulding. Skilled craftsman, careful, and hard working crew. Got it done ahead of schedule. Not a speck of dust in the house. We could not be more pleased! Amazing job. Worth every, reasonable penny. Thanks
Terrie Van Buren 02/22/24 — google
The beauty they create in just one day is astounding. They completed a floor replacement much sooner than expected. The crew is absolutely wonderful to work with -- tireless, helpful, very skilled, well-trained and precise. Without a doubt, I would not hesitate to contact Footprints Floors again to complete any flooring and tile work.
Juliet Cordova 02/19/24 — google
I had a broken shower pan in a second floor bathroom that was leaking to the living room on the first floor. I called Footprints in and they assessed the problem and gave me several options to move forward. I chose to redo the entire shower stall. Scheduling was easy and fast. The work took a week and I was in the loop on progress and next steps throughout the project. The installation and attention to detail were spectacular on the final tile install. Any issues were brought to my attention immediately and rectified in an agreed manner. I could not be happier with my new shower. It has elevated my bathroom and is really just beautiful! I could not be happier with Saul and Marvin and the team!
Anjou Tepper Gerhardt 02/13/24 — facebook
Miguel was absolutely amazing he is a absolute machine! They were upfront with everything and extremely easy to deal with! FIVE STARS!!!!
James Adams 02/5/24 — google
WOW SAUL AND HIS TEAM ARE AWESOME PEOPLE TO WORK WITH I LOVE THEM NEVER GOTTEN THIS MUCH CONCERN AND RESPECT FROM A CONTRACTOR IN MY LIFE HE'S VERY PATIENT UNDERSTANDING GREAT PERSONALITY SO ARE HIS TEAM VERY RESPECTFUL WILL ALWAYS RECOMMEND THEM CO. THANKS A BUNCH SAUL
Debbie Moore 01/21/24 — google
Book NOW with Footprints Floors! They came out, did a free estimate, provided me a list of items to purchase from Floor & Decor and had me scheduled for installation with the same week. My installer name was Marvin! He was ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL! He worked at a fast pace and got the job done in one day. Marvin was a perfectionist! He made sure everything was accurately placed. He even cleaned up and brought his own tools to work with to get the job done. Kyle the project manager was a delight as well. He came and made sure everything was purchased and ready for install. Then he came back again to check on the progress. I would definitely do business with this company again. I had a kitchen backsplash installed.
Shilon Pirtle 01/16/24 — google
We had our entire downstairs completely refinished. Kyle was the project manager and communicated with us throughout the entire project. Miquel and his crew was outstanding. The floors look amazing. I highly recommend Footprints for your flooring needs.
James Isaacson 12/22/23 — google
Footprints did such a beautiful job on our kitchen tile install. They were super responsive and also flexible when we ran into a delivery issue on our end. We had hand painted ceramic tiles which they installed perfectly. Thanks!
Lana Hefner 12/4/23 — google
Footprints floors has to be the best in Nashville. I have used them on multiple projects from backsplash to tile showers, tile floors, wood floors, laminate. These guys know how to do it all every member of their team is extremely friendly and accommodating. The guys in the house doing the work were very respectful and take care in protecting our home. They clean up after themselves and are there when they say they’re going to be there. do yourself a favor stop scrolling and get footprints a call.
TheJdcline78 11/16/23 — google
I was so happy and impressed with Josh grim Footprint Floors. Friendly, very knowledgeable and dependable. Showed up quickly and on time and was able to determine a difficult problem and it’s solution immediately. Provided a fair and reasonable quote at the same time without any delay. Best of all, he is a local contractor who stands by his work. I love supporting local businesses and will happily refer Josh to friends and family.
Farah Morton 08/16/23 — google
Saul and his team did an awesome job! We had water damage from a refrigerator leak and they were able to repair the damaged wood flooring while matching the existing stain perfectly. Highly recommend!
Ben Hale 07/22/23 — facebook
We had some water damage from a broken refrigerator that caused damage to our existing wood floors. Saul and his team did an awesome job repairing the damaged area and matching the existing wood stain perfectly! Highly recommended.
Ben Hale 07/21/23 — google
The workers did a wonderful job and they were respectful to me and my family
Janice Mitchell 07/19/23 — google
i am glad to choose Footprints to make business with and how they were on time and finished the project on time. Saul was such a great person to deal with he was the project manager on site who used to come everyday twice to check on the guys. the installers themselves were clean and installed the tile perfectly as I asked for. Grout lines were clean and sharp as well as the installation materials were high quality.
Maria Mansour 06/29/23 — google
If you are searching for a flooring company - your search is over! We have been so pleased with Footprints and each of their employees! They are magnificent! It’s refreshing to find a company with integrity. They are my flooring company for life.
Peggy Mullins 06/29/23 — google
No surprises; great communication; expert advice; and quality work. Austin, Greg, and team were fantastic.
Will Hughes 06/1/23 — google
Outstanding job! High recommend using this company!!
Anthony Mcduffie 05/15/23 — google
Very happy that I went with Footrprints for my floor project. Gayle, Saul, and Miguel were all a pleasure to work with and I appreciated their expertise and professionalism! The crew was also super fast, efficient, and did high quality work! They flattened out a few dips in my subfloor, refinished existing hardwoods, installed new hardwood and finished to match seamlessly, and also installed tile in my laundry. They were quick to resolve any concerns I had throughout the project quickly and professionally. The price was comparable to other quotes I received and I’m confident I got the highest quality work available! Photos are white oak, no stain, satin finish.
John Collier 05/12/23 — google
The Footprints Floors team was amazing from start to finish! Gayle is the absolute best - she took the time to thoroughly walk through the plan/vision with me and made sure I had all the info I needed before the project started. Then Greg was our project manager and he rocked! Our tile pattern was a bit different and Greg and the team took the time to walk through the pattern with me before lay down so we were all on the same page. It came out even better than I had envisioned! Thanks y'all!!
Abby Comfort 04/24/23 — google
I’ll start with saying I don’t leave reviews much if ever. But if you are looking for advice on this company I say they are solid. Started with having the hardwood floors expanded into the kitchen. They matched the existing perfectly and stained the entire house so they were all one color. Turned out amazing! Then decided to have them replace all the baseboards and now the space is completely transformed. Saul was great managing the process the entire time as well as other members of his team. For such a large job it was stress free the entire time and damn do they work quick. Save yourself the overthinking and give them a call
Justin Borden 04/23/23 — 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.

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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