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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 San Antonio to help you with your decision-making process. If you want more information, check out our web pages dedicated to different kinds of flooring.

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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 San Antonio 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 San Antonio 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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This is my second project with Eduardo and his team. Both times have been a positive experience and a job well done. I appreciate the attention to detail and understanding of my needs. The team is on time, professional and make every effort to please the client. I will use them again to complete my ongoing project.
Althea 09/14/23 — google
So very happy with our vinyl plank floors that were installed. My husband had started the process in our kitchen, after "You Tubing" the process . But,it was taking a long while, as we forgot we are not young things anymore! So, we had footprints come in to complete the job, and wish we'd used them sooner!! The two rooms were done expertly and quick. They absolutely amazing and we love them. We had purchased the flooring at Costco and were fortunate to catch it on sale too! The floor needed leveling and we wouldn't have known had we forged forward without getting the professionals in!. Edwardo was very responsive to communication and having dealt with previous contractors on other home projects this is a premium quality. We got several quotes, but we just really liked the Edwardo, and Herman who actually did the work was excellent! And quick!! They helped us move some furniture so that was very kind, and cleaned up with great precision. We will be using again for our other rooms!
Michelle Anderson 08/29/23 — google
Eduardo was quick to provide a quote and very competitive. The quality of the workmanship was excellent, and they made every effort to minimize the mess from removing the old flooring. No hesitation in recommending Footprints for your flooring needs
John Walter 07/27/23 — google
I am so glad I picked Footprint Floors to do my stairs and loft remodel. Eduardo was timely, very professional and his team member always arrived on time and did the project in 2 days. It came out looking wonderful. I would highly recommend using this local small business for your project needs! Very pleasant, fast, good quality! Thank you Eduardo. Adrian
Aga Guzik 04/30/23 — google
I was very impressed from start to finish with Eduardo and his team. Very professional and high quality work. The guys were very nice and kind and left the work area clean. The new shower install is beautiful and I’m already excited to have them come back and install floors. Great work and I will use again. I highly recommend. Thanks!
Melanie Ellsworth 12/1/22 — google
If you need your floors done, do not hesitate to use Footprints Floors. The work they did was fantastic! They had to demo tile flooring in my living room and dining room and install luxury vinyl flooring. Eduardo is very professional and keeps you "in the loop" during the whole process. He even gave me a shopping list to take to the store so I would get everything! The guys were in and out, cleaned everything and did it with a smile on their face. I recommend them highly.
Diane Pfeil 11/9/22 — google
We hired Footprints Floors North San Antonio to sand, stain and refinish our existing hardwood flooring. Eduardo, the owner was professional, and prompt with communication. He is very thorough in explaining his process and setting expectations. He is very easy to talk to and he will make time to answer all of your questions. He has high standards and he did a final walk through prior to final payment. Client satisfaction is Eduardo's priority. Jorge, Project Manager, was great to work with and very professional. He visited the job site everyday to make sure the floors were on schedule and done to the high standards that this company sets. He was very concerned that we would be happy with the end result. Benito and Alejandro were the individuals that sanded, refinished and stained our floors and they were amazing. They were Perfectionist in making sure the floors were done properly. Our floors turned out beautiful, flawless and new looking. They went the extra mile with every detail. They replaced a bad board and made sure it had the necessary support below the flooring. They were always on time, neat and they were such hard workers. They got the job done within the timeframe that was discussed. They were very respectful and friendly. A pleasure to have in our home. We highly recommend Footprints Floors and their team to make your hardwood floors look new again.
sharon wagner 10/3/22 — google
Footprints did an awesome job with our hardwood floors. We are very satisfied with the results.
John Gonzales 09/7/22 — google
I can’t recommend this place enough, Eduardo and his team were extremely professional and they did a wonderful job installing our floors.
Carla Lambert 08/11/22 — google
Wonderful company to work with. Excellent communication, excellent service, & beautiful work. Very pleased. C Tanner
Cheryl Tanner 07/1/22 — google
Had great experience with these guys, no surprises, explained things well, did what they said they would.
kathy gates 06/23/22 — google
Excellent work. Professional employees. I will have them come back out for another project.
Bart D 06/22/22 — google
Found this company on Google & compared with 2 other companies that were referred by neighbors. Not only they were most attentive & responsive, they were also most reasonably priced too. They always showed up within the time window & finished the project on time as promised. The house we just bought has screaming red cherry wood floor that outdates the house & I couldn’t decide whether to sand it down & keep natural color or stain dark. They were very patient & show me every stain colors (8 to be exact) I was interested on the floor for me to see & choose. We’re so happy with the end result (natural with 3 coats of satin Bona Traffic HD)! There are only a few tiny areas that need final touches and Eduardo has already agreed to take care of it (just need to set a date/time for them to come back to work on it)
Letty Richardson Kwon 06/18/22 — google
Eduardo is very responsive and easy to work with! We were able to schedule (tile installation in a shower) quickly and the crew did the work lightning fast. More importantly, the tile work was beautiful. I'll definitely work with them again as soon as I have another job.
Ginny Garcia 05/28/22 — google
Great experience from start to finish!!! Eduardo and Herman did an exceptional job on our floor installation! Very easy to work with and a great value for their work. Very happy with this company!
Joseph Alvarado 05/2/22 — google
My home had major foundation work that required holes opened up in the interior of the house and destroyed all of the existing flooring. I was referred to Eduardo by a friend who used him in the past in her historic home. Eduardo and his crew were professional and timely. They removed all of the existing tile and glue down wood flooring. They ensured the subflooring was level (they had to grind down in places and add floor leveler in others). They installed a new floating floor with that looks amazing. Recommend Eduardo and his crew on your next project.
miles mcneal 04/20/22 — google
I was so impressed with this company. Eduardo came out and took measurements and assessed the work to be done. He provided a detailed estimated invoice with individual tasks and the prices for each on the same day. We chose to do demolition ourselves so we set a date that would accommodate the time we needed to complete the demo. They arrived on the agreed upon date and completed the job within the timeframe agreed upon. The crew was very professional, on time and best of all the tile job was beyond beautiful. I am super happy with this company and their work but the amazing thing is that my husband was equally impressed.
Jean Gonzalez 04/5/22 — google
Wow! I cannot say enough good things about footprint floors. They did an absolutely amazing job refinishing my hundred year old hardwoods. they had to strip off old laminate flooring, carpet, and then underneath that there was plywood and even more old vinyl. They worked their tails off. Then once they got off all this old flooring, they sanded and stained my long leaf pine and it looks amazing. Benito , Who did the floors, is a master craftsman. Eduardo who bid and oversaw the job is incredibly communicative and thorough. These are consummate professionals. On top of the sanding and staining, they repaired parts of the floor that were damaged, and installed transition pieces. The work is impeccable and my floors look amazing. Furthermore, they are very reasonable, particularly considering the quality of the work, and now my floors are just pristine. I really cannot say enough good things. If you have hardwood floors that you need redone, these are your guys.
Jack Hopper 03/27/22 — google
We found this company through HomeAdvisor, and were contacted by Eduardo of Footprints Floors. He was prompt in giving us an estimate, and he kept us informed throughout the project of any delays or changes. He told us who would be working in our home and what to expect as they worked. He worked within our budget. The tile masons did an excellent job, and all of them were friendly, courteous and professional. The project was completed in a timely manner, and they took care of the cleanup. The result was an amazing transformation to our home. We would highly recommend this company!
Shirley Petmecky 02/6/22 — google
Eduardo and his team were great communicators and worked expertly and efficiently on installing new RVP flooring throughout my home. The flooring turned out great and I was very happy with their services. They were incredibly considerate of my family and worked at finishing the job on time. Eduardo provided expert advice on how to proceed with our install and was very detail oriented throughout the entire process. Would definitely recommend these guys to friends and family.
Alex Thola 01/9/22 — 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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