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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

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
Footprints Floors did an excellent floor installation. We got a accurate measurement. The crew showed up on time and got the job done quickly and efficiently. I highly recommend Don and his crew for your floor installation.
Josh Braunstein 06/15/21 — 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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