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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

Oliver is so easy to work with, the job we had done needed floor replacing and he matched it so perfectly that we can’t tell what was replaced. I highly recommend the him.
Billy Downing 07/18/24 — google
Great company! They were responsive and easy to work with. We had a busy summer and they were happy to work with our schedule. Quality work! We had an issue with one of the floor boards and they were right out to fix it. Definitely will use them again.
Camille Heidbrink 07/17/24 — google
Just got my father’s bathroom floor redone and I couldn’t be happier. They were so helpful with all of my questions, from the estimate all the way to the end (and there was zero pressure in the sale, which I really appreciated.) Everyone was so friendly, accommodating, and they had really good price points. The tile job itself is immaculate, the way it’s cut so perfectly around the toilet and pipes, those guys did 10/10 work. And the place was left spotless! Will definitely use again.
Greta McMonagle 07/17/24 — google
They finished early and knew we were in a hurry to move in before the end of the month. They did everything right.
barbara shashoua 07/17/24 — google
Awesome! Our floors look amazing ! Work so hard over weekends and evenings to get it done quick
Jen Fischer 07/16/24 — google
I had a good experience working with Jordan as the project manager at Footprint Floors. There were a few hiccups along the way, but Jordan was always super responsive and always found solutions whenever there was an issue. He's a great project manager and treated my home and experience as if it was his own.
Solomon Geigle 07/16/24 — google
Our experience with Footprints Flooring was great! Everything from the first visit, to the advice on products selection to the process was impecable. The crew was super hard working, kind and they did a great job. They finished the job before what was expected and all through the process is was supervised by project manager and they took care of all our concerns. We are very happy with the results! New floors look great. We highly reccomend them.
Gabriela Klerian 07/16/24 — google
Scott, Marcus, and their crew provided exceptional service. They were patient with delays and scheduling difficulties on my end and were always quick to to respond to questions. The bathroom remodel was very well done and I couldn't be happier with how it turned out.
Jordan Pittsley 07/16/24 — google
Carson and his team did a beautiful job refinishing our hardwood floors! We have a tricky open stairway they needed to deal with, and they were very patient with me after deciding we needed to change the stain color which added some time. They also removed and replaced our banged up base shoe; it looks like new. We couldn’t be more pleased - thanks to Nelson and crew!
Kristin Garcia 07/16/24 — google
What a great company to work with. Always in communication and great skilled workers. Kevin was SO easy to work with and went out of his way to make sure we got the floors we wanted!
Wanda Belline 07/16/24 — google
I contracted with Tim at Footprints to resurface our red oak wood floors. The prep and process was easy as he guided us on what to do and what to expect. We thought there would be a lot of dust and at the end there wasn’t! His crew cleaned every day and were super nice. They had to move all our furniture out and back from the garage and damage nothing! The results exceeded our expectations and we couldn’t be happier! I recommend Tim and his team anyone! Stan
Stan Shaffer 07/16/24 — google
Had two bathroom floors tiled by Footprints Floors. Ron had Ben on the job. He demo’ed the existing floor, made repairs as needed, and completed the job in 3 days. Quality of workmanship was excellent.
Steven McCurley 07/15/24 — google
Replaced linoleum in kitchen, laundry room, and powder room with ceramic tile. Completely satisfied with all aspects of project. Will do more projects with Footprints Floors.
Kerry Daniels 07/15/24 — google
Our old tub tile was replaced with beautiful new tile. The price was very reasonable, the service was impeccable from beginning to end. Jordan and his crew went above and beyond to make sure we enjoyed our experience with Footprints Flooring. Thank you!
Kathy Eichenberger 07/15/24 — google
The floors look fantastic and my mother is very happy. The owner is extremely responsive and helpful.
Frankie Jones 07/14/24 — google
I highly recommend FootPrints Flooring I am very pleased with the beautifully laid tile entryway to other flooring projects that owner Rich and his team of courteous, skilled workers did for me. Thanks FootPrints
Shirley Wallace 07/14/24 — google
Excellent job! Very pleased with the installation team! Highly recommend!
Jennifer Bishop 07/14/24 — google
Professional installation, will definitely use for all our flooring needs. Great job Rich!
Joyce Williams 07/13/24 — google
Very professional and timely installation, awesome customer service. We would definitely use this company for our flooring needs. Great job Rich!
Joyce Williams 07/13/24 — google
From the sales team, to the execution of the work. We had a great experience the floors look great!
Sheila Chado 07/13/24 — google

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