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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 to help you with your decision-making process. If you want more information, check out our web pages dedicated to different kinds of flooring.

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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 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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What Our Customers Say

Another awesome job by Footprints Flooring...Peter is by far the best...second job he's done for us and we will definitely be calling him for a third job...highly recommend Footprints Flooring for all your Flooring needs.
Betsy Rieman 07/25/24 — google
Our experience with Rebecca and Footprints Floors was top notch! They did a terrific job of sanding and sealing our 120 year old maple hardwood floors and gave them new life. We are very pleased we chose them to do the work.
Bill Buss 07/25/24 — google
Matt is just AWESOME💯. The level of service Matt offers to his clients is just unparalleled💯. I just met Matt due to an emergency that I had with my floors and he came through on short notice like a hero💯. My speaker pads made Inbedded marks on the radiant heated hardwood floors🤦🏽‍♂️. I’m forever grateful for your expertise, skill and client service💯. Will definitely be utilizing your services again and for sure referring you to clients and friends💯
Antonio Matier 07/24/24 — google
Cynthee is amazing when it comes to customer service. She was great at answering all of my questions when I had them and she is not afraid to get her hands dirty to figure out solutions to probems. I will definitely be recommending Footprints Floors in the future for all floor and bathroom remodeling needs.
Natasha Hebert 07/24/24 — google
Carson and his team did an awesome job installing a tile backsplash in our kitchen. The whole process from requesting a quote to completion of work was only a couple of weeks. Install went off without a hitch. Crew cleaned everything up at the end of the day. We couldn’t be happier with the way everything turned out. Would absolutely work with Carson again for any future tiling projects.
Jake Waxman 07/24/24 — google
I had such an incredible experience with Footprints Floors. I scheduled work with them on a Saturday, and they started work the following Monday. They finished so quickly, and everything looks amazing! They leveled our kitchen floors, then installed LVP. They also refinished our hardwood floors, and they look incredible! Justin was so accommodating and worked to get everything done as quickly as possible. I’ve never seen such quality work done so quickly! 10/10 recommend!
Megan Marsden 07/24/24 — google
We recently hired Footprint Floors to do our hallway. It took us a year before we located the right wood flooring. However, Jesse kept in touch and scheduled the work, within our time frame. Travis Bailey was the technical person on the project and jointly with his contractor Luis, did a professional job, that we couldn't be more proud of. Kudos to the team!
Anil Pinto 07/24/24 — google
Was so awesome to work with Footprints! Our shower looks amazing and their attention to detail was fantastic. They are super responsive and wanted to make sure I was 100% happy. Everything felt seamless, even when we had a few unexpected things happen with the tub install (done by a different company). Grant, James, and Saul are the best!
Kristina Funck 07/24/24 — google
We had our floors done by them and they repaired the floors when we had our sewer replaced. Great work from these guys.
Brendan Nash 07/24/24 — google
The team did a great job, Ruben and his team were detailed oriented when installing our backsplash and we’re very happy with the end result!
Kathryn Johnson 07/24/24 — google
The team that installed my flooring were quite professional and did great quality work. They were very detail oriented. We love our new floor!
Marilyn nelson 07/24/24 — google
Finding a contractor who delivers on the promise of quality workmanship and integrity is like finding a needle in a haystack these days, but with Gene and his team… I found that needle! Excellent communication from start to finish. I will, without hesitation, use this company again and recommend to any neighbors or friends who are in need of flooring installation. The new flooring looks great!
Hubbard 07/24/24 — google
We needed to have a bath and a half titled. Footprints did a great job! They were fast and the work was excellent! I would highly recommend them.
mike serrano 07/24/24 — google
The estimate was very detailed and since I needed old carpet pulled up and we had no idea what was underneath, I appreciated knowing the options/ possibilities. The work was done quickly and looks amazing. The only downside was having to move all the furniture out, so they could do the work ;) Would highly recommend and will use them in the future
Michelle Deneau 07/23/24 — google
Great company!! Jimmy was very helpful, very responsive and the tile work was amazing!!
Shannon Highsmith 07/23/24 — google
Colton did a lovely refinish of my 90’s oak hardwood floor. He has an eye for detail and did very meticulous work. Excellent correspondence during every step of the process. I’m 100% happy with Footprints Floor!
Carol Archer 07/23/24 — google
Had my floor tiles done. Smooth process, good quality work, reasonably priced. What more to expect… Highly recommend.
Yuriy Shulhan 07/23/24 — google
Jeff was prompt and great with communication. His guys were polite and efficient. Our floors look awesome! I went through Floor and Decor, and requested Jeff with Footprints Flooring. From estimate to floors complete in less than a week...and the work was done in 5 hours, start to finish! I highly recommend
Tara Echeverry 07/23/24 — google
Greatest experience, workers was helpful and Hector responded quickly to any questions.
subaru08STI 07/23/24 — google
Chuck was very thorough with explaining the whole process and his team did a great job of refinishing our wood floor.
Kelly Karns 07/23/24 — 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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