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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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Scott and his team did an overall excellent job at making sure that my wife and I received a new hardwood floor and tile finish that we were happy with. Along the way, we had a few bumps, but I think in this line of business, you’ll find that anywhere and at anytime. Scott quoted the job pretty perfectly and always informed us of change orders when needed. When additional attention was needed on certain areas, Scott and his team came back right away to address the areas. Thank you for such great floors and a good overall experience.
Randy Bernard 09/13/22 — google
We purchased a house "as-is" from a bank as a foreclosure that included improperly installed laminate all throughout the first floor. It was so bad that there were multiple "bubbles" that rose up six to eight inches off of the subfloor and, as it was a severe tripping hazard, needed to be replaced immediately. We contacted Footprints and Scott came out quickly to look at the damage and give us an estimate. We were happy with the cost and Scott's professionalism and got on his calendar. The install was done quickly and we were impressed with both the project manager Jose and his workers. They leveled the floor, which had not been done by the prior contractors, and now we have beautiful LVP that is no longer a safety issue. Thanks Scott!
Ethan Blake 09/12/22 — google
Scott has an infectious can-do attitude. He gave us a vision for the process, the results, and the path to get there. His crew was professional and thorough. It all got done sooner and for less cost than expected.
Andrew Miller 09/9/22 — google
I’m completely satisfied with the entire experience. Everyone was professional and the work was done timely.
Brenda Kontinopoulos 08/22/22 — google
Wonderful workmanship! The Footprints crew did beautiful work - they were professional, friendly and extremely talented. I would highly recommend them to anyone looking for quality tile or backsplash installation.
Cathy Pegram 08/2/22 — google
The whole staff and crew were superb in all interactions and business arrangements, and flooring installation. I would recommend this company to anyone over and over again. Scott, Jose, and Marvin, thanks for a job well done!!!
Xavier Lewis 07/11/22 — google
I couldn’t be happier. Done in 3 days 4 rooms. Floors look amazing. Glad I got them done. I feel the price was fair. Would use this company again.
Diana Smith 06/5/22 — google
The consultation was great. Advice that saved me money. Timely work
faye pyles 06/3/22 — google
I had a squeaky floor from incorrectly installed subflooring. No other floor company would even attempt a fix. Scott found a wonderful contractor that came up with a solution that worked. I am now proceeding with additional repairs. I highly recommend Footprints Floors!
Brian Kennedy 04/1/22 — google
When my old gas stove was removed there were no floor tiles behind or under it. The guys who had laid the tile floor and worked around the stove. I called around and no one was interested in the small job. Luckily I found Footsteps Floors and the receptionist responded quickly, friendly and soon the owner showed up to assess the job, and later sent a man who did a beautiful job on the floor and wall. Thanks to them I was able to install the new stove without much delay. Thanks Scot!
Hans Tischer 03/24/22 — google
We hired the team to do a full shower install and tile floors in our master bath. They were responsive and very professional, asking my opinion during the whole install to make sure it was exactly as I preferred. I would definitely recommend them and use them again. Great value and great to work with.
Stephanie Snider 03/24/22 — google
Worked directly with the team members Jose and Silvan to install bamboo flooring on the first floor of our ~1500 square foot home and they knocked it out in 1 day. We were extending the same flooring that had previously been installed elsewhere, and Jose took the extra time to determine that if we would have laid the flooring in the same direction as the previous owner it would have voided the warranty. Super thankful for the extra care taken and the experience that Jose, Silvan, and his team took to do the job right the first time.
John Gaglio 01/28/22 — google
The Footprints crew was extremely professional and worked well as a team. The job was complete earlier than I expected and looks great. They went above and beyond expectations as well. I would recommend them to anyone who needs new floors installed.
Jeannie 01/25/22 — google
I can’t say enough good things about this company. I found them on Angi and I’m glad I decided to have them come out and give a quote. My floors look amazing installed in one day. The installation crew was very professional.
Gigi 01/10/22 — google
Footprints Floors installed LVT in our kitchen. Jose went above and beyond to make sure we were satisfied with the project. He was very responsive to following up on small details. This company is highly recommended. Hope we can use them in a future project.
Mollie Morris 01/8/22 — google
Footprint Floors replaced some water damaged kitchen floor that was in reality a small repair job but they treated us and the job like it was a whole house install. Any time you can feel good about your contractor after the job is done is a noteworthy experience and we feel like we have become good friends ! Footprint Floors is a company that is rooted in integrity and craftsmanship wrapped in a blanket of great service ! You don’t get any better than this !
william kinnan 01/8/22 — google
We chose Footprints Flooring to refinish the wood floors in our recently purchased home and, WOW, am I glad I did! Not only did they do an exceptional job but, they did not try to up-sell us as in staining every floor to look the same throughout the house. The professionalism was exceptional as well as the communication to keep us apprised with the time table. The gentlemen who did the floors were very courteous and reduced the amount of ‘dust’ as much as possible. Their pricing was great and I would HIGHLY recommend them for any flooring needs. Should we need any help in the future with other projects that they handle, they will be first on my list to call! The Romero’s
Mary Romero 01/8/22 — google
Footprints Floors installed ceramic tile in our kitchen and vinyl tile on the landing in our garage and in our pantry. They did a wonderful job! And at a lower price than we had been quoted over a year prior. They worked quickly and completed the job in the estimated time. The workers were friendly and professional. Highly recommend Footprints Floors!
Linda Stewart 01/8/22 — google
Footprints was able to come in and do a beautiful job on tiling my bathroom after my original contractor left me high and dry. They finished it quickly and neatly. Looks great!
Sara Haggerty 01/8/22 — google
We had tile in our entry way removed and replaced with wood, then had the entire downstairs (5 rooms) refinished. Footprints provided us with excellent counseling as we scoped the project, completed the work on schedule while we were on vacation, and did a thorough cleanup afterward. We came home to beautiful floors - we were very pleased with the results! We'd highly recommend considering Footprints Floors for your next flooring project.
Suzie Thompson 01/8/22 — 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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