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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 Sarasota / Venice. 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 Sarasota / Venice

Professional flooring refinishing near you in Sarasota / Venice - Footprints Floors.

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

We needed our floors repaired following Hurricane Ian. Don, Victor and the crew were professional, efficient, and a joy to work with! Beautiful results , and on time! We will use the team again for our kitchen remodel.
Kathy Combs 11/22/22 — google
Good business management from start to finish.
Denise Cremer 09/14/22 — google
Great detail work, friendly, prompt and efficient.
John Vanecek 08/18/22 — google
I originally wanted to see about getting my engineered wood floors refinished. Don came and determined the floors were too thin. He suggested LVP which is what we went with. He was easy to work with through the entire process from determining which product to purchase to helping me save some money with the demo and install. His team was great also. Very respectful of our home and neighbors. I would recommend Don and his team to anyone looking for quality work.
Bobbi Cole 08/9/22 — google
Don and his crew worked so quickly it was amazing! I spoke with Don just a few minutes after sending a request for an estimate for putting new floors down in my home. He quickly set up a time to come out to give an estimate and bring flooring type samples based on what I told him about my living situation with pets and a wheelchair bound mom. The estimate quote was half the price and time of installation of a competitive installer. Don was communicative through our the time leading up to installation. His crew was amazing and friendly. My mom really enjoyed their company and was astounded at how quickly the project was completed. I will be using this great company again in the future for sure!
Wendy Baker 08/2/22 — google
Great team, no issues. We were short a little flooring and they waited with no charges for us to run and pick up rest. Great quality and fast.
Brian E Carroll 05/30/22 — google
We solicited 3 bids to install 1000 square feet of new vinyl planks over our 20-year-old tile floor. Footprints Floors estimated the cost within $300 of the final cost for labor. They estimated 3 days to complete the work, but they finished the job within one long day. The floors turned out better than we had hoped, and we are highly satisfied with the finished product. We would recommend Footprint Floors to anyone considering any additional work on their floors.
Victor Kallin 05/16/22 — google
Guys did a great professional job! My floors look fantastic!
Almost There 04/14/22 — google
Very professional from start to finish! Don was great to work with as was his crew of installers. Extremely happy with the result! I would highly recommend this company.
Phillip Stevens 03/18/22 — google
Footprints Flooring installed both vinyl flooring and tiles. Both crews did amazing work. They arrived on time, worked at a steady pace finished in the promised timeframe and cleaned up everything perfectly. I had good communication with owner, Don and he addressed any questions or concerns. Pricing was competitive with other estimates. I highly recommend.
Alexander Gish III 03/18/22 — google
Had Footprints flooring remove some old tile and install vinyl plank flooring. The new flooring had to match up with existing flooring that was in the house when we bought it. Victor and his crew did an awesome job. The owner Don is responsive and came to the job site at the beginning and end of the job. Thanks Don and Victor and crew for a job well done!
Rick Jones 02/24/22 — google
Amazing service!!! From estimate to start to finish in floor. So professional and offered great suggestion on designing the layout. Fabulous! Would recommend them to everyone!!!!
Lisa Heffentrager 12/16/21 — google
The service was professional from start to finish. Don was very good explaining what we needed to have and how the work would be done. Victor and his crew were wonderful!!!! They were extremely efficient and did what they promised. I enjoyed the communication with the guys even if I don’t speak Portuguese and they were not well versed in English. We all enjoyed a good laugh.
Nanci Huff 11/15/21 — google
Excellent work and really good crew.
Bruce Bowen 11/8/21 — google
We had LVP purchased from Home Depot installed by Footprints Floors and they did an excellent job. We had a special issue that needed addressing with our slab that Home Depot would not deal with. Don was very helpful and offered various options to treat the issue. We are very pleased with the installation and will use Footprints Floors for future projects.
Christina Gordon 09/24/21 — google
Very professional, clean and the back splash he installed looks amazing
Christine OReilly 09/16/21 — google
I highly recommend this company for replacing tile work in bathrooms. They were very clean for a job that is messy. I also put tile over my sinks and toilet which are 10' high. Both bathrooms turned out absolutely beautiful. Don, the owner, is very personable and consistantly checks on the workers progress and keeps you informed during the process. Their prices are reasonable as well...You definitely get your money's worth!!
Sandra Anderson 09/4/21 — google
We are very thankful to Don. The tile setter was professional and on time. His work gave our kitchen the "wow" factor! We love it! We would definitely call on Don again for our remodeling needs!
Diane Spencer 08/27/21 — google
Don was a total professional and would highly recommend..We installed LVP flooring and his crew, Victor and Octavio were very knowledgeable about the product and installation was done quick and precise from start to finish. We love our new floors...thank you...Paul and Nancy F
Nancy Freitas 07/22/21 — google
Great people to work with!
Carole F. 07/3/21 — HomeAdvisor

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