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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

I had Footprints Flooring install laminate flooring in our entire home. Joelle and Alex did an outstanding job. They are very experienced in replacing hardwood and laminate floors. I would recommend them to everyone. They were always on time and took extra time looking over their work. Very polite. Jessie is a great supervisor and always communicated with me and always returned my phone calls. We plan on using Footprints again for upgrading our bathrooms.
Wesley Munger 01/25/23 — google
They are responsible in price have professional and friendly staff and back their life time warranty. I definitely recommend them for their installation and resurfacing of hardwood flooring!!
Bill MUISE 01/24/23 — google
I'd highly recommend this group. I worked with them over the course of a couple months and couldn't have been happy. Super responsive and flexible to my budget. Great quality and excellent customer service.
Zach Hagopian 01/24/23 — google
Great quality work, accommodated our schedule.
Joslyn Brownell 01/17/23 — google
I would find it hard to use another company for tile and/or vinyl flooring installation. They did my backsplash and put in an entirely new floor. There were some boards that didn’t sit right and they replaced the entire section at their own expense. Backsplash couldn’t have been done better. The real value in this company is their responsiveness and dedication to quality. If you notice an issue after installation which is common regardless of who installs given the nature of the work they 100% will fix it at their expense. This is very rare in the industry and the principle reason I will use them again in the future.
Lee Replogle 12/8/22 — google
Great work by Alonso, Alfonso and their team. Highly recommend, they ensured that the work was done properly and up to high standards. Fair pricing + Great Job = Fantastic Company!
Dani Sal 11/26/22 — google
This was my first time using Footprints and I was very impressed. As a family owned company, their customer service is top notch and everyone was very attentive. The crew arrived on time and finished ahead of schedule. Jordan came by to inspect everything and even to pick up the deposit and final payment. The work was perfect and they even cleaned up after. Definently recommend if you need floor work done.
Sunni Benoit 11/25/22 — google
Just wanted to give some kudos to Dustin for taking charge in a difficult floor refinish and stair install and make it smoother in the outcome. Dustin communicated when there was an issue and always followed up.
Tom Amen 11/22/22 — google
Beautiful tile work around my fireplace.
Kat Meezan 11/21/22 — google
Jesse was very available and helped us with getting the vinyl plank flooring to transition to carpet. Joaquin was good when he was here. Wished he could’ve stayed and just worked on our project. He stayed late fixing a leak behind the fridge and made sure the job was finished before thanksgiving dinner.
Tamcon Quinn 11/21/22 — google
When my project began a month ago, it was plagued with mishaps. Jesse stepped in to give personal attention to the corrections required. He maintained constant communication and was onsite daily to ensure everything was being performed properly. His follow up was unquestionably instrumental in keeping me at ease with developments. I hope Footprints appreciates his concerted efforts…he is a gem of a service professional!
Ellen Marshall 11/14/22 — google
We are so glad we worked with Footprints Flooring to refinish our floors and install laminate in our kitchen. We gave them a truly difficult task and they exceeded our expectations. Not only was the end product absolutely stunning, but the team was communicative, resourceful, kind, and accommodating. We added an area on mid-project thinking it would need to be a separate project, but they were able to fit us into their schedule and have the entire project completed even sooner than we expected. Will be showing off our floors and recommending Footprints for years to come!
MacKennea Broyles 11/9/22 — google
We can't say enough good about Jordan in sales and Dustin in production. It was no small feat getting everything together to do a large flooring job for us. We live up in the mountains.... getting all the crews up here to work was no small task. Footprint did a great job of hiring people to come out and work to get our project done. Of course there were things that went wrong but Footprint was always there to take care of the situation! We kept Jordan and Dustin very busy but they came through each and every time! We highly recommend this company!
Faith Warren 11/3/22 — google
Quick to provide a bid for the work! Great communication throughout the whole process. Having a “project leader” and talented installers made the whole process go smoothly!
M Bankirer 11/2/22 — google
Fast, clean and impressive floor refinishing and repair of water damaged boards
Jeff Collins 10/25/22 — google
Footprints was awesome. We originally started our kitchen tile project working with a home improvement store, and was quickly disappointed with their knowledge and customer service. I am a novice when it comes to tile work, and needed professional design and installation services. I then searched for another company who specializes in tile work and found Footprints Floors. They were professional, extremely knowledgeable and the workmanship was exceptional. I can't say enough about this company. If you want to make your tile work "pop" and want it done right the first time, I highly recommend Footprints Floors.
Harvest “Galloway Ranch” Moon 10/14/22 — google
This is the 2nd time we have worked with Footprints floors. They are very professional and do exceptional work. They are fair and of good value. There salesman, Jordan, communicated with us effectively and listened to our needs and cares and even chipped in with his own efforts in helping move furniture. Couldn’t be happier. Nice job Footprints!!!!
Bruce Eckley 10/11/22 — google
Footprints did a fantastic job refinishing our oak floors. They quite literally look like new! Price was reasonable, work was completed early (yes, you read that right), and the whole team was very professional. Highly recommend!
T Stevenson 10/10/22 — google
Footprint installed two rooms of maple flooring. They resurfaced our damaged 18 year old maple. They did a fabulous job! Our house feels new and beautiful. You cant tell which is old, which new. I definitely recommend this company!
Joy Meyers 10/4/22 — google
Jordan was great to work with. My backsplash turned out beautiful. Thank you
Wendy degroot 09/30/22 — google

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