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So you know your floors need help—but how do you know if they need to be restored or just refinished? There are several factors to keep in mind when making this decision and finding professional hardwood floor refinishing in Sandy Springs. Understanding the needs of your hardwood floors can save you thousands of dollars and a good deal of stress.

Determine What Your Floors Need

There are three main factors to consider when determining if you need floor refinishing or restoration: the condition of your floors, the age of your floors, and the type of hardwood.

Hardwood floors in homes built after the 1940s with light scuffs or scratches, some wear from foot traffic and have lost a bit of shine probably just need to be refinished. Floors installed before the 1940s with more significant signs of damage (deeper scratches from furniture, or floorboards that are warped or cracked, for instance) will likely need to be restored instead.

If you’re not sure what your floors need, consult with a professional hardwood floor refinishing company like Footprints Floors. We’ll be able to advise you on whether your floors need to be restored or just refinished and provide you with a free estimate for the work.

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The Refinishing Process


Broken down, the steps to refinish a hardwood floor are very simple.

  • 1. Strip the floor of its current finishing.
  • 2. Sand or “screen” the floor to remove scratches or other signs of wear and tear from the surface.
  • 3. Give the floor a brand–new finish!

Refinishing a floor is not just a weekend project. Weather, the type of wood and the size of the floors you need refinished are all factors that play into how long a refinishing project takes. Also, despite the simplicity of the steps, a lot can go wrong. Uneven sanding or incorrect application of a finish can make your floors look worse than before.

As a professional hardwood floor refinishing company, the licensed contractors of Footprints Floors can get the job done quickly and correctly, so you aren’t inconvenienced in your home for long. And you can feel confident about the work done, so you don’t have to refinish your floors again for a long time.

The Restoration Process


Restoration of a hardwood floor is more labor intensive than refinishing. Hiring a company that understands different types of wood and how different kinds of damage will impact the restoration process is essential.

Some restoration steps are similar to refinishing—both require stripping away a current finish, sanding and applying a new finish. However, floor restoration involves more significant repairs and may even need patches of complete replacement. Depending on the depth of restoration required, these projects can take more than a week to complete.

Both refinishing and restoring floors are time–intensive, labor–intensive processes involving heavy, dangerous equipment. It is generally much more cost–effective and time–efficient to hire an outside contractor rather than attempt to do the job yourself.

The Best for Your Floor—and Your Budget Professional Hardwood Floor Refinishing in Sandy Springs

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There are many things that homeowners can do to care for the hardwood floors in their homes. For instance, regular cleaning of your floors can help keep them looking nice and prevent long–term damage. Sweeping with soft–bristled brooms, regular vacuuming to remove dirt, and mopping with specialty hardwood floor cleaning solutions can all work wonders on your floors.

Of course, even with care, hardwood floors are not impervious to damage. Your pets might scratch the surface. Water damage might cause a section of the floor to warp or have a loose board that wobbles. You might notice gaps appearing between planks over time and as the weather changes, causing the wood to expand or contract, or you might have dents in the wood from high foot traffic areas. Perhaps your floors just don't look as shiny and new as you'd like. When your own cleaning and maintenance doesn't go as far as they used to, it's time to refinish or even restore.

While it is possible to DIY hardwood refinishing and even restoration, someone without experience can easily damage a hardwood floor. Instead of paying for a costly repair, get it right the first time by calling a professional hardwood floor refinishing company. They'll get the job done right the first time.

Footprints Floors has years of experience working on all kinds of flooring in all types of conditions. From beautiful, rare mahogany floors in Victorian homes to the stunning red oak floors of a mid–century modern suburb house and everything in between, Footprints Floors can do the job right.

We're committed to providing high–quality finishes at the lowest possible rate in a reasonable amount of time. We work to save our clients stress (and money!) as we work to give them floors that look brand new! We won't offer you services you don't need and are confident you will be satisfied with the finished project. Contact us today for a free estimate on your hardwood floor refinishing or restoration project.

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What Our Customers Say

From quote to completion, Noel B and his team were outstanding. I had nearly 1,300 sq ft of various hardwood sanded and refinished. Throughout the entire process Noel was knowledgable, professional and prompt. The entire project took just 3 days and the team led by Alexander was amazing to work with and knew their craft. Would 100% recommend to those considering and work with again if I ever need flooring work.
Brad Mroz 11/27/22 — google
Noel and his team refinished our hardwood floors in our newly purchased house before moving in. He was top notch all the way through the process starting at walking through the house to give a detailed quote on the condition of the floors and giving advice on items that we could modify ourselves to save some money. After getting 2 other quotes Noel was a great value and his detailed quote and walkthrough had us sold. After booking, we worked with him to look at 4 different stain colors for our refinished floors. The process was very seamless and professional. His communication and responsiveness made us very comfortable with the work being completed in a house we hadn't moved into yet and are very satisfied with the final product. After his team finished the refinishing, we had 2 small punch list items we saw and he personally came out the next day to fix them up. We are very happy with the outcome and would recommend him and his team for any flooring project you might have in the future.
Jason Wright 10/28/22 — google
Noel and his crew did an amazing job refinishing our hardwood and repairing sections that were missing. He was very responsive and communicated with us through the whole process. Couldn’t be happier with the results. We highly recommend footprints floors!
Scott Schneider 10/6/22 — google
Noel and his crew did a fantastic job installing LVP in my basement. From the initial consultation and proposal through the installation and cleanup, everyone was professional and easy to work with. They even moved my pool table to install the flooring, a service not always provided. I certainly recommend Footprints Floors for anyone considering this same service.
Tim Harris 08/18/22 — google
The Footprint Floors team is fantastic. They took a hard job on and the finished product is wonderful. I recommend using them for any type of flooring or tile need.
Patrick Clossin 07/21/22 — google
Noel and his team did a great job. Our floors look brand new. They were timely and professional.
Rick Bernstein 05/16/22 — google
Perfect! We hired FootPrints to repair and refinish wood floors that were covered with carpet for at least 30 years. This was one of the best residential service experiences I've ever had. Noel Berwick was easy to communicate with and kept us informed every step of the way. His crew were professional and courteous. The went to great effort to reduce dust and odor during the project. They completed clean up in the middle of the project while waiting for the finish to cure. They moved furniture in and out of the rooms, I would not hesitate to use this company again.
Larry S 05/12/22 — google
Footprints Floors installed hardwood floors in 2 rooms next to existing hardwood floors. The color match is excellent! The team was professional and worked diligently. The project was completed very quickly. I highly recommend Footprints Floors.
John and Lynn Long 02/15/22 — google
I would highly recommend Footprints Floors! From start to finish they were so pleasant and easy to work with. Noel came out promptly to do the estimate then once my floors came in, he was able to get them installed quickly. They did excellent quality work and they look beautiful. Also, replaced some tile and installed baseboards. Great price as well and will definitely use again!
Courtenay Smith 01/19/22 — google
I would highly recommend Footprints Floors! Fromstart to finish they were so pleasant and easy to work with. Noel came out promptly to do the estimate then once my floors came in, he was able to get them installed quickly. They did excellent quality work and they look beautiful. Also, replaced some tile and installed baseboards. Great price as well and will definitely use again!
Courtenay Smith 01/19/22 — Thumbtack
Noel is such a professional! Caring and above all excellent service with quality work! A wonderful experience doing business with Noel and his team!
Paula Campbell 11/19/21 — google
Noah and his team were on time, offered options, left the job site clean every day and fixed one minor imperfection immediately after job was completed. They installed luxury vinyl throughout our basement and did our steps separately with real wood to match the plank. We were so pleased we are having them do our first floor with hardwood. We highly recommend this business. They did what they said they would do and we are very happy with their work.
Annette Kortokrax 09/30/21 — google
Noel and his crew did an amazing job on installing wood floor on our first floor. We are very satisfied!
M. Luo 09/24/21 — google
We bought our new house and had less than two weeks to rip up every inch of existing flooring and get new floors installed before we moved in. I’m so glad we chose Noel and his team to do the job. Noel kept us informed every step of the way. He was willing to work with our timeline as well as our other contractors too. His team is efficient and professional- knowledgeable, always courteous, and on time. We couldn’t be happier with how our floors turned out!
kyra clancy 08/4/21 — google
We went with Footprints Floors after multiple failed attempts by our builder to properly finish and stain our stairs, which resulted in a result that was ugly, uneven and just plain horrible. Noel came to visit our property and provided a very reasonable estimate and timeline for refinishing our stairs. He came with samples of possible finish colors and options, which was a welcome change from our builder. He was professional, prompt with his communication and a pleasure to work with. He got the job done and we couldn't be more pleased with the color and finish of our stairs. Highly recommended!
Dr. Will Shin 07/16/21 — google
Noel and his crew were great! They finished on time and our floors look fantastic. I would use Noel again and highly recommend to anyone considering replacing, refinishing, or installing hardwood floors!
James Roberts 05/6/21 — google
Quality job fast delivery!
Winston N. 04/26/21 — HomeAdvisor
Fantastic job. Laced the floor in perfect and did a great job matching the stain.
Michael M. 02/26/21 — HomeAdvisor
Noel and his crew are fantastic to work with! They are fast, on time, and do quality work. We will definitely use Footprint Floors again!
Darlene Twitchell 12/29/20 — google
Did a great job on our wood floors. Cleaned up very well after they finished this job
Aj S. 12/15/20 — HomeAdvisor

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