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Floor Refinishing vs. Restoration


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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.

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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

They did a wonderful job installing my slate floor.
Steven Schader 09/23/22 — google
Footprints did a great job and our floor looks fabulous.
Patricia Magerkurth 09/22/22 — google
Great service, very impressed with the job, thank you!
Jeff Rhodes 09/20/22 — google
The carpet was replaced by LVP. Jesse and his crew are really good at flooring. No shortcuts. It turned out beautiful. He also modified my cupboard so my fridge would fit, and installed toe kicks and quarter round. I’m really impressed with Footprint flooring! It was the second project Jesse’s team did for me, and he is doing some tile next. Love them!
Danielle Latant 09/10/22 — google
We were very pleased with Footprints Floors. Their professionalism, knowledge and friendliness were exceptional! The quality of their work was A+. We would highly recommend them if you are looking to have your wood flooring and baseboards installed.
Millie Osborne 09/8/22 — google
Foot prints crew was absolutely professional and demonstrated high quality work on our wood flooring. I would 100 percent recommend them for any of my internal wood or tile projects!!
Koothapiran Madurai 09/8/22 — google
The floor was sanded and stained! It turned out beautiful and they kept their word to make it perfect! Dustin and Juan were very professional and personable.
Linda Neumann 09/7/22 — google
Dustin and Juan were great, the hardwood floor installation went on without any problems and the end result looks fantastic.
Johennie Helton 09/7/22 — google
I requested a bid for hardwood installation, and worked with Jordan and his team. Throughout the scheduling, in-home measurement and bid creation process, Jordan and his team were extraordinarily professional, courteous, and responsive. They communicated clearly, performed each task when they said they would, and treated me very well throughout the process. I highly recommend them!
Ty Echols 09/5/22 — google
We used Footprints Flooring for the refinishing of our hardwood floors & they did a FABULOUS job!!! The guys were on time, efficient & very easy to work with. Our floors look better than I ever imagined! They look NEW!!! They guys were all so pleasant & asked for our feedback along the way. I honestly felt that they strived to make us happy! Never knew “floor guys” could have so much attention to detail!! Hands (or feet- lol) down, I highly recommend this company to anyone needing a quality flooring job!! Footprint Flooring’s 5 STARS are well-deserved!!
Holly Lindstrom 08/24/22 — google
Had a crack / hole in my hardwood. The Team was great. I would use them again. Great job…
Chris Stonecipher 08/20/22 — google
Footprints floors did an amazing job refinishing my hardwood floors they look brand-new. The crew was very nice and started promptly every morning, Dustin communicated great and explained everything to me. I would definitely use them again. Thanks footprints
Michelle Herring 08/19/22 — google
Good crew. Would definitely use again
Kevin Hodge 08/18/22 — google
Thank you Footprint Floors for yet another job well done. The contract team and project manager were amazing. The contract team took great care in protecting our property. This job required them to retain our staircase. This was not a simple endeavor by any means. The team went above and beyond to make our staircase look so beautiful, so amazing and brand new. They were very detail oriented, took great care when cleaning up at the end of each day, and were truly outstanding. This is the third time I've used Footprints and highly recommend them to anyone considering their services. Thank you again!!!
Karla Griffith 08/18/22 — google
The crew produced a fantastic finished product that certainly met our expectations.
David L. AVERY 08/15/22 — google
I had kitchen backsplash tile installed by Footprints. From the in-house measurement all the way through the install, the entire crew was fantastic. Good communication, on-time, courteous, craftsman quality work, and thorough clean-up. I will absolutely be calling them for my next tile/flooring project and recommend them without hesitation! AF
Arlen Flax 08/13/22 — google
Great experience with Footprints floors. All of their installers and staff were prompt and easy to work with.
Tim Lomas 08/9/22 — google
Very professional and helpful. Got the job done quickly and it looked great.
Beth McGraw 08/5/22 — google
Great experience! Jesse is a really good project manager. The team was incredibly good and committed to doing a great job! I would definitely use them on future projects!
Robert Colletti 07/28/22 — google
Excellent service from Sales, Install/Refinishing and all extra work. Namita from Sales, Juan the Installer and Jesse the onsite Project Manager were all excellent. Jesse/Juan went above and beyond to ensure field work had fabulous customer service. Jesse was amazing ensuring all of my extra requests were met. Would definitely use Footprints again for my other properties.
yvonne manns 07/20/22 — google

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