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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 Sarasota / Venice 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 Sarasota / Venice 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 Sarasota / Venice 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

Great to work with and very happy with the quality of work. Would recommend them.
Kevin Meagher 06/30/24 — google
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

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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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