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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 Richmond 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 Richmond 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 Richmond 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

Footprints did a great job with my floors and staircase. The crew did a great job walking me through any issues and were always punctual.
Mark McKinley 04/3/24 — google
Scott is a great guy, a real gentleman, and really knows his business. He listened to what we needed done. He gave us the estimate then & there. He put in our floor three years ago, but now we needed some closets floored. Thank goodness we kept left over planking. Jonathan Gonzalez was our project manager. He kept in touch with me during the weeks before our scheduled time. On the job date he let me know when he & his crew would arrive & they were right on time. They installed flooring beautifully & cleaned up after they were done. All the crew was professional & courteous. My husband and I highly recommend Scott and Footprints Flooring.
Lauren Clark 04/1/24 — google
Footprint floors did a great job! They did everything on schedule and the quality of work was excellent!
Donna Bowman 03/28/24 — google
I would confidently give the flooring experience a 4/5 for an overall great experience between quote and outcome. However, Jonatan brings the score up to a 5/5 easily with his incredible customer service and project management.
Chandler Johnson 03/27/24 — google
This company was excellent to work with. They did an outstanding job on the floor, were punctual, and were very considerate. They sent text messages to keep me informed of their schedule so I never had to wait around for them. I highly recommend Footprints Floors. They really know their business.
Barbara Maury 02/26/24 — google
Footprints was competitive price wise and did a great job of installing LVP for me. They were good at communicating, were flexible, and did beautiful work. They exceeded my expectations.
Stewart Wise 02/19/24 — google
Fast communication from start to finish and we were kept up to date on the progress. Bathroom floor install was beautifully done. Would highly recommend them and will use them again for other projects.
D T 02/4/24 — google
Footprints is a wonderful company. The quality of the repair of my wood floors was outstanding. I also compared pricing and they beat competitors. Finally, their customer service was unsurpassed, i.e. answering all sorts of questions and special requests and changes. Awesome.
Shelly Elliott 01/26/24 — google
Excellent work at a reasonable price!
Eric Nost 01/24/24 — google
From the estimate to the execution, Footprint Floors was excellent! I am big on communication during these types of projects and you get your own project manager (Jonatan was excellent!) who keeps you updated and informed throughout the process. I was blown away by the work. They are perfectionists with sanding and staining. My newly refinished floors are a dream in my 100 year old original wood home. I cannot say enough good things about Footprint Floors. Highly recommend!! UPDATE: I accidentally got a stain on my new floors while stripping paint on my steps. I texted my project manager, Jonatan, and he asked around before providing me the best solution for the stain. That method didn’t work so he came out to sand it down and refinish it. This was weeks AFTER I paid and left a glowing review. This company truly cares about their customers and goes above and beyond. I’m blown away by the exceptional service.
Jessie Barford 01/16/24 — google
Every aspect of the installation was flawless. Highly recommend Scott with Footprint Floors. He sent Jonatan and his team, and they were excellent in all aspects of the job.
Tom/Ann Swift 01/12/24 — google
Had a great experience with Footprints Floors. They are very knowledgeable and did a great job with my floors!
Lauren Rush 01/11/24 — google
We were really pleased with Scott's proposal and expertise. We were also very happy with the project manager Jonatan and the crew. They showed up promptly and finished our floors in one day. They were engaging, courteous, and finished the floors to our liking. The floors look great and we continue to receive compliments from our friends and family. We would highly recommend Footprints floors Richmond for flooring repair and other flooring services. We look forward to using them for another project.
Lewis Stockdale Jr 12/26/23 — google
Fast, courteous, neat, and went above and beyond for the project. Fair price too!
raven songs 12/8/23 — google
Excellent work. Professional and high quality. Would use/recommend
Eric McArdle 12/7/23 — google
Johnathan arrived on time.. He and his crew were polite, pleasant and cleaned up all of the mess and did a terrific job!!! Very pleased with my kitchen floor and steps and will definitely consider Footprints Floors for future projects!!!!
Action M 11/15/23 — google
From quote to execution, Footprints Floors was very responsive and professional. The tile installation was perfect! I definitely recommend this company.
Evelyn Pertz 11/11/23 — google
Very professional and I would recommend this business to anyone. My backsplash looks beautiful 😍 . They score a 10 with me.
Sheila S Robinson 11/10/23 — google
Footprints Floors did an excellent job refinishing kitchen hardwood floor and laying new hardwood floor in the family room. Did a perfect job in weaving the floors together with using a perfect stain. I highly recommend this company.
Cynthia Carey 11/10/23 — google
Footprint Floors is a rarity in the wild west of construction. My job required some out-of-the-box thinking. Instead of the standard no we can’t do that response. Scott the owner said “I’ll figure it out and make it happen”. Which is exactly what they did and I ended up with a gorgeous ceramic floor in my new Florida room.
Alice McCabe 11/10/23 — 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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