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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 Omaha 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 Omaha 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 Omaha 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

I have done several projects with Brandon and have been impressed each time with the professionalism and service provided by Footprints Floors. The floors looked great and was very impressed with the quality of the finished product. I’d recommend for anyone looking to start a flooring project
Luke Gnad 02/18/24 — google
From start to finish it was a great experience. They refinished our existing hardwood floors. The crew was obviously an above and beyond type crew; minimizing the mess, maintaining excellent communication throughout the job & giving advice. We are so impressed with the outcome that we turned around and immediately contacted them to come back and put hardwood on our stairs. You can't go wrong with this company.
Sandi Vote 01/23/24 — google
The floor came out great. The job was done fast and on time.
eathon walters 12/20/23 — google
Completely satisfied with the work replaced floor in living room and hall. Have had many compliments on the work. The installers were professional and very courteous. Jake fulfilled every expectation .
Sally Peers 12/8/23 — google
We went with Brandon because he was on time to the appointment and paid attention to the small details. Our floor looks great! Highly recommend!
Jamie Bethune 12/1/23 — google
Brandon did a great job on my project. I highly recommend him for any flooring installation.
Jon Jahnke 11/14/23 — google
Brandon made sure everything was done how we wanted it and communicated well with us throughout the whole process. I would definitely recommend him to anyone.
Zachary Kaup 10/25/23 — google
Brandon and his crew were great to work with for our kitchen flooring. He was on time and responsive. I would use them again.
Eric Klitz 10/17/23 — google
We had our floors refinished and they look absolutely beautiful!
Michele Marsh 10/7/23 — google
Jake is very professional and informative about what to expect from the beginning of the job through the end and beyond (the timeline, cost, how to care for the floors, fading, etc. etc.). He communicated well throughout the duration of the work, I was confident that everything would go smoothly and it did! Raul, who did the refinishing of my floors, was timely, professional and hard working. He takes pride in his work and it shows, my floors are beautiful! I highly recommend Footprints Floors of Omaha!
Jean Denker 08/21/23 — google
Jake did an amazing job with our floors! He was very professional and knew what he was doing. He kept us updated throughout the process with any imperfections his team found in the floor and did not try to hide anything. He recommended stains that would look best in our house and that would cover up stains in the wood the best. Overall, we are very impressed with our new floors and are so happy we went with Jake at footprints!
Corianne Holman 07/31/23 — google
Jake was great to work with and the install crew (Ian and Tanner) were fantastic. Couldn’t have been more pleased with new wood floor in dinning room. They had to sand existing wood floor in the kitchen and new floor and stain both. Thank you for the quality work and professional service.
Jeff Ladwig 07/26/23 — google
Very fast paced and all the seams and edges looks great and flush.
Melanie Aust 07/12/23 — google
Very professional, worked with our schedule and finished the job on time. They gave us good advice on the type of floor to get and answered every question that we had.
Joshua Tharp 06/29/23 — google
Footprints flooring installed my LVP flooring. Everything went very smooth from the beginning to the ending of the project. Jake was very responsive and quick to provide an estimate. He showed a lot of knowledge in flooring and I trusted him to install the floors. I don’t know much about flooring and Jake helped me figure out what pieces would be best. Adam did the flooring and he was very detail oriented. He made sure to take the time to make sure everything lined up right. My floor needed extra leveling, and Adam made sure that it was the right height before continuing. I was kept updated throughout the project. I would definitely recommend Footprints Flooring and Adam for any of your flooring needs.
Sarah M 06/17/23 — google
Footprints Floors was amazing to work with! Jake was always on time, honest, responsive, and professional. His flooring crew did such a good job! They made sure our floors were level, they were so efficient, and made sure any mess was cleaned up. Our new luxury vinyl looks absolutely beautiful. When Jake came back for the final walk-through, he made sure we were 100% happy with the install and gave us tips on how to clean and take care of our new investment. We would recommend Footprints Floors to anyone and would definitely use them again.
Angie Chadwick 06/1/23 — google
Great experience working with Jake!
05/10/23 — facebook
Installers were exceptional! Communication was excellent. High quality work and couldn’t be happier with the results. After meeting Jake, I knew his company was the one we would choose. Jake is amazing to work with. Very professional and at an affordable price. Don’t go anywhere else!
Chris Urzendowski 05/9/23 — google
Highly recommend Footprint Floors. Jake’s team did an incredible job extending our floors in 3 rooms and refinishing the existing floors to match. Couldn’t be happier with the results and the team.
04/30/23 — facebook
Footprints did an amazing job refinishing our wood floors and replacing a few damaged wood boards in our kitchen, eating area, dining room, and living room. The results are gorgeous and better than we imagined! Our floors are red oak, and had a reddish-orange look, plus heavy wear from dogs, a busy family, and water damage. It now literally looks like we replaced all the wood, not just a few boards. Jake, the owner, and his crew are very pleasant, reliable and efficient. The whole process took only 3 days and created very little dust. It went very smoothly! We have used a different company in the past, and Footprints was faster, cleaner, and our floors look much better than with the other company. We highly recommend Footprints for your next flooring project! 5 stars!!
Coree Garfoot 04/28/23 — 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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