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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. 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

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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

Awesome crew did a Amazing job my floor looks Great! Glad I went with Footprints Floors
James Broughton 12/5/23 — google
Had hardwood floors resurfaced and then added in new flooring to replace existing carpet. Mike and his team did a fantastic job. We did this before moving in and they communicated daily with pics and did everything they said they would. Highly recommend their service
Tom Lucas 12/5/23 — google
Great to work with, flexible, honest and follows up! Would highly recommend them
Laurie Laverdiere 12/5/23 — google
I chose Jeff Harris with Footprints Flooring to install my flooring for living room, dining room, and kitchen. There was conflicting information on how to install the flooring. Jeff made a second visit to my home. He was courteous and assured me on the installation. His team arrived on time, did their job without a lot of noise. Cleaned up all the debris and left my home with my new floor in tact. I'm recommending Jeff Harris to anyone needing floor work done in their home. Thanks Again Jeff. Mary H Olive Branch, Ms
Mary Hopper 12/5/23 — google
Footprints Floors Utah County are phenomenal to work with, Joseph is attentive listens to your concerns and works to answer all questions. The floor technicians are outstanding and address the individual needs of your floor, very professional. I was so impressed and extremely satisfied with my floors.
Sandra Negley 12/4/23 — google
Communicative, responsible and efficient. We had a great experience (we put luxury tile that looks like hardwood installed in our basement) and highly recommend.
Sandra Jaggi 12/4/23 — google
Footprints did such a beautiful job on our kitchen tile install. They were super responsive and also flexible when we ran into a delivery issue on our end. We had hand painted ceramic tiles which they installed perfectly. Thanks!
Lana Hefner 12/4/23 — google
Excellent work. Very pleased with results. Extremely professional staff. Would recommend this company 100%. Ini, the owner or head supervisor, worked very well with me to ensure my needs were met His staff even repaired items in my home that I didn't even ask to be repaired, which goes to show the distance they are willing to go to please the customer. Ladies if you need flooring installed in your home, this is the company to call " Footprint Floors". Take it from me 100% satisfied.
Terri Smalls 12/3/23 — google
We've had Keith complete multiple projects in our home, laying wood floors and tile. Having said that, his workmanship is never in doubt. Couple that with the fact that he's a good person and that's the magic equation for my business. He has integrity (his word means something and he's dependable), and he has the ability to look and think 'Big Picture' which means he has options and alternatives that I may not have seen/considered!
Mark Broda 12/3/23 — google
Mick and his crew were fantastic!! service was great, always accommodation and had great ideas. Was very easy to work with. They take pride in their workmanship and it shows. Mick was not afraid to give his suggestions, having many years in the business, and they were all good. His resourcing and ability to get special parts for our particular needs was excellent-- and at a very fair price too!! We had recently redone our kitchen back home so we were familiar with pricing, design, workmanship, promises, and delivery of contractors and Mick was spot on!! fair, honest, did what he said he would do, was on time, and within budget and the work shows-- completely satisfied, would and have recommended him to our friends and neighbors-- what more could you ask for? A picture's worth a thousand words-- betcha you cant tell the difference between the original tile work and the work Mick did--
aron kain 12/3/23 — google
We recently had them install a vinyl tile floor in our 3 season porch. The installation took less than 4 hours. Jeff coordinated everything to accommodate our schedule. We are very pleased with the installation.
Jana Swan 12/3/23 — google
Great company! Mike and his team did an amazing job! Super high quality installation!
Tim Frank 12/1/23 — google
Loved working with these guys! From working with Jordan on the sales side, he was super knowledgeable and friendly. We were able to come to a fair agreement that worked for both sides without too much back and forth. During installation, we spoke with Dustin to cover what Jordan and I got discussed. All was heard by Dustin and we were on the same page for the duration of the project. During walk through we identified a couple minor things to get taken care of and they fixed it in a highly expeditious manner. I highly recommend this group as they’re very friendly, fair, and knowledgeable while providing exceptional service from sales to final product. As an added bonus, the vendors that were needed throughout the course of the project were also very communicative and also very friendly to ensure we got our selected finishes delivered in a timely manner prior to starting the project.
Nick Kroll 12/1/23 — google
I know Josh and Footprint floors professionally. Josh is a hands on owner and great takes pride in providing quality service. You won't be disappointed.
Vibhu Sethi 12/1/23 — google
We went with Brandon because he was on time to the appointment and paid attention to the small details. Our floor looks great! Highly recommend!
Jamie Bethune 12/1/23 — google
Footprints Floors did a wonderful job with our new tile floors. From the very beginning Alan was so responsive and professional and I was very impressed. A detailed estimate was presented in writing and every change was documented and signed off on. The crew that installed the tile was so good. Not only were they skilled, they showed up every day on time and worked hard all day. Brice was a great project manager and checked on the progress every day. I would highly recommend Footprints Floors for your flooring needs!
Valerie Studer 12/1/23 — google
Mike Goff with Footprint floors deserves all 5 stars. After meeting a few vendors Mike was a standout choice. Mike provided us options and was very detail oriented from start to finish. Our project used a pre fished wood and some custom made steps from Mike to match our existing hardwoods. Mike put a lot of time and effort into making sure our floors came out perfect. Very personable, respectful, and experienced in his field. Thank you to Mike & Footprint Floors!
Tess Bilbrey 12/1/23 — google
Kyle at Footprints has done work for me twice in two different homes. His work is fast and excellent. He is wonderful at communicating and responding and if I ever need more flooring I can’t imagine hiring anyone else.
Chris Burgess 11/30/23 — google
Martin Petty and his crew were outstanding and professional. They did a great job taking the old carpet away and laying down new flooring. I would highly recommend them.
Richard Harris 11/30/23 — google
Jeff was a pleasure to work with everything he promised he came thru with ,guys he work with very professional team all around great experience will definitely will work with again snd sure to spread the word About great company experience!
Marcus Lurry 11/30/23 — google

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