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Professional hardwood floor refinishing in Sarasota / Venice.

Floor Refinishing vs. Restoration


Professional Hardwood Floor Refinishing in Sarasota / Venice

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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.

Footprints Floors providing beautiful, professional hardwood floor refinishing in Sarasota / Venice.

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

Absolutely thrilled with every aspect of new flooring installation, from initial meeting with Don thru project completion by Victor and his crew. He and Marcio were conscientious, careful of our property, and Victor was very open to our myriad of questions and concerns, offering suggestions to help insure our long term satisfaction with the new flooring and their efforts. Only regret we have is that we waited so long!!! Wholeheartedly endorse and recommend Footprints Floors, Don, Victor, and Marcio!
BnB Temple 05/28/24 — google
Great company. They replaced flooring in three bedrooms with engineered hardwood. They were punctual, moved our furniture and accomplished the job in just two days. They cleaned up each day and moved our furniture back. The floors look stellar. I would highly recommend Footprint Floors.
Jan Stinson 05/2/24 — google
Footprints did a great job on our shower remodel. They brought great ideas along with expertise to our project.
Nick Kristoff 04/6/24 — google
Kwan and his crew were nothing short of fantastic. Right on time and with a great attitude. They went above and beyond to get the job done. Would highly recommend them. David Dries
Dave Dries 03/27/24 — google
Carlos is a perfectionist. Very easy to work with. Wilson, a great team member. I am very pleased with their work.
Wayne Knepper 03/18/24 — google
Polite, on time, did a great job, highly recommend
Ellen Flynn 01/15/24 — google
I couldn't be more pleased with the workmanship that the installers did. Britton was very professional, polite and efficient, as was his helper. Don was very pleasant to work with. He was always very considerate of returning calls, following up before, during and after the job was done. I never felt that I was being disregarded like some contractors do. I would highly recommend Footprints Floors.
Laura 01/13/24 — google
Very pleased with their service. They came to give a quote and we’re able to complete the job two days later! Super professional and clean work. Would definitely use them again in the future.
Affinity Hernandez 12/20/23 — google
Don and Doug and their crew worked very hard for 5 days. They did demo on tile from hades,installed new flooring and base in whole house and fixed front door. We are giving them more projects you should to!
William Doot 12/7/23 — google
Very happy with our bathroom remodel. The crew worked diligently, carefully and respectful of our time. Even though a plumbing issue caused increased worry and anxiety, Don and the crew helped find a solution so we could move forward in a timely, cost effective manner. So happy with the end result. We would gladly recommend Footprints Floors for any bathroom remodel.
Luann Lambright 11/13/23 — google
This was by far the best experience I have had in a long time. They are punctual and honest and have very high standards. I would highly recommend this company
Shelley Broome 10/23/23 — google
Love this place
McMike Mcmike 10/19/23 — google
Our fitness Center floor looks fantastic now. Thanks Don and Matt!
Will Coleman 07/19/23 — google
The crew was fast and professional. The floor looks amazing. They also installed new baseboard. There was an issue with base board installation but don came out and made it right. These guys know what they are doing.
tim Mitchell 06/8/23 — google
Footprints Floors of SW Florida did a great job replacing old backsplash tiling with new marble tile that we purchased from Floor & Decor. Don Brammeier made the process go very smoothly. His crew of installers was fantastic. Very hard workers, they were meticulous in their work, and they cleaned up carefully when finished. We are very happy with the result.
Allan 04/6/23 — google
I would highly recommend this company. The owner was prompt, friendly and did not try to upsell. We felt totally comfortable with his knowledge and estimate. The installers were fantastic. They had such a positive and calming attitude. Their work ethic was above and beyond any others we have dealt with. There was hardly any waste due to the fine workmanship. If you're looking for a floor installer, look no more. You will be very satisfied.
Carol Gravius 03/17/23 — google
The husband and wife team from Footprints did an exceptional job with our kitchen mosaic and laundry tile backsplash. The tile was completed in one day and it looks beautiful! It was easy to do business with Don from Footprints and I would highly recommend this company.
Johnni Gullo-Brown 03/15/23 — google
The true test of a company is when there is a problem… And we had a slight install problem. Don, the owner was responsive, took responsibility and remedied the problem to our full satisfaction and we now have a beautiful new wood floor!
Scott Sinclair 02/22/23 — google
Don, the owner, was very involved, both before and during the installation. He was very responsive to all questions. His team of installers; Victor and Octavio were very professional and skilled. They did an awesome job installing our floors. We couldn't be more pleased! Thank you so much!
mary addison 12/21/22 — google
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

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