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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 Orlando 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 Orlando 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 Orlando 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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Extremely professional and knowledgeable staff. They made this experience very easy for me!
Lisa Murray 12/7/22 — google
Really good workmanship. Reliable, great pricing and did not make a mess. Would not hesitate to use them again. Very happy with their work.
Cathryn Cawley 10/14/22 — google
Floyd, Roger, and the crew were extremely personable and timely in working with us. Hurricane Ian caused some flooding that required much of our laminate flooring to be replaced and these guys handled it inside of one day while being respectful of us, our property, and our dog. Highly recommended.
Catpurran 10/14/22 — google
Had a great experience with Footprints Floors. Will work with them for all of my future needs.
Sara Herrick 08/11/22 — google
I love this company. They do excellent work and I would recommend them to anyone. They repaired the original hardwood floors from 1957 and refinished them. They turned out beautiful and everyone I show them to couldn't agree more.
C Hatch 08/10/22 — google
After two bad experiences with shady handymen who originally started, but did not finish, a kitchen backsplash project in my home, I was beginning to lose faith as to who could professionally do the job. The backsplash was half completed and not professionally installed by either handyman who worked a day or two and never came back to finish the job. The kitchen was in disarray for three weeks. It became obvious these gentlemen were in over their heads and not able to professionally install the tile I had picked. I was at a loss on who to hire to finish the job they left undone. I contacted Footprints Floors for a proposal to complete the backsplash. Floyd, the owner of Footprints Floors, brought his tile man, Cesar, to evaluate the job. Once done Floyd provided a firm proposal for the completion of this job. We all agreed the existing tile would need to be removed and the job started again from scratch. Upon receipt of a project price and time to complete, I hired Footprints Floors to start work and they successfully installed the backsplash to my satisfaction in two days’ time! I found Floyd at Footprints Floors to be honest, ethical, dependable, and reasonably priced. Cesar who installed the tile was courteous, neat, efficient, on time and did an outstanding job installing the backsplash. Both Floyd and Cesar are fantastic people to work with and I would absolutely recommend Footprints Floors for any of your project needs.
James Powers 08/4/22 — google
Floyd and his team installed about 1200 SQF of luxury vinyl plank for me, over bare concrete, and also installed the baseboards. The project went smoothly and although it has only been a couple weeks since the install, I don't see any buckling, etc in the new floor. They also did a professional job on the baseboards, using scarf joints on the long runs where two boards had to be joined together, and caulking the boards.
John W. 07/8/22 — Thumbtack
Excellent communication and fast responses. Floyd was a pleasure to work even thou we live out of state and most communication was text or emails. Repaired wood flooring look incredible.
Tytypie Banque 02/15/22 — google
Floyd and Footprints Floors were very impressive from start to finish. Everything was performed, completed in a professional manner. The installation crew was very efficient and every person in the crew did their part of the project professionally and expediently. They replaced our Great Room, Dining Room, Master Bed Room, MBR Closet carpet with Mannington Restoration Anthology Parchment Laminate in approximately 7.5 hours. This is the best flooring crew I have seen in many years. The crew leader Rogerio, has his crew fine tuned to do a job right the first time . Call Floyd today and experience floor installation the way it should be. Thank you Footprints Floors, Floyd, Rogerio and Crew for a job well done!
Barry Vaught 11/12/21 — google
They did an amazing job. Would highly recommend them.
Frances G. 07/8/21 — HomeAdvisor
Footprints Floors refinished my Brazilan Cherry floors. They did a fantastic job. Jonathan was amazing, a hard worker and considerate in answering my questions. I have no problem giving them the highest rating for the job they did, quick and thorough. You should use them no question.
Clyde Moore (I LUV Winter Park) 06/18/21 — google
As someone who is often in wall-to-wall meetings, I appreciated that Floyd and I were able to do most of our business over text message exchanges - it allowed things to move along much more quickly than if I’d constantly been needing to find time to return calls. He was very communicative and the entire job was done quickly and efficiently. It looks great!
Jessica C. 06/14/21 — HomeAdvisor
Excellent price and installation of tiles was done within a reasonable time period. Floyd did everything he could to keep me satisfied.
Louis D. 06/5/21 — HomeAdvisor
Floyd and his team were great. Customer service and communication was top notch.
Marco S. 05/28/21 — HomeAdvisor
Very professional, great job, great communication
Manfred H. 05/4/21 — HomeAdvisor
Floyd was excellent from the first visit to do the estimate until post-completion. His crew was punctual and efficient. The job was completed earlier than expected. Very happy with the results. Absolutely recommend Footprints Flooring.
Edward C. 04/27/21 — HomeAdvisor
Very professional. I've already hired them to do more work!
Mark G. 04/21/21 — HomeAdvisor
Best tile installation team in Orlando!
Mark Goodale 04/13/21 — google
This is an awesome flooring company. The owner is a great guy, treats his customers with respect and is extra commutative. I would recommend them for all your flooring and tiling needs. Amazing tile work, amazing!!
Sherry Peterson 04/5/21 — google
The tile installers were more like artists! They did such a beautiful job and installing the marble tile in our new shower! We just love it! Not only were they always on time… They were also so kind ..... and we really really appreciated how they cleaned up each day when they were finished… So impressed! We also appreciated the punctual communication with Floyd. We would absolutely recommend this company.
carol stein 03/3/21 — 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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