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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 Sandy Springs 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 Sandy Springs 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 Sandy Springs 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

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
It’s hard having your things moved and people in your home sanding away and making a mess, but they were very respectful and professional. I’m a difficult person, and I appreciate how they handled me. ;-)
Nicole I. 12/6/20 — HomeAdvisor
They were great
Frank H. 12/5/20 — HomeAdvisor
They were a pleasure to deal with. They were on time and did a wonderful job ( plus a little extra) for the agreed price They cleaned up the job site and took care of everything I would not hesitate to hire them again or to wholeheartedly re commend them to anyone.
Bruce M. 12/3/20 — HomeAdvisor

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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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