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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

The wife found Footprints on FB marketplace trying to locate a flooring company that could help us with a remodel. Right off the bat from the beginning everyone we came in contact with was so friendly and knowledgeable and listened to all of our needs for the project. We could not wait to get started. The project is all done and we could not be happier! The whole team, Matt, Melissa, Rueben and his teammate did a phenomenal job. They helped us with scope that we were not sure of how to handle and went above an beyond with every request! We are already discussing the next project and will be using Footprints again!
Juan Romero 02/24/24 — google
We worked with Sean from Footprint floors to refinish the floors of two upstairs bedrooms. We had gotten a few quotes and felt theirs was buy far the most fair. They got the work done very quickly and the floors came out beautiful. Thanks, Sean!
Connor Johnson 02/24/24 — google
My wife and I are very happy with our new floor Carson and his team installed in our home last week. They were willing to work around our schedule, and completed the job in one day from start finish. -Jerry and Jane Trabant
Jordan Trabant 02/24/24 — google
Kyle and team did incredible work! Our whole process from quote to dry beautiful floors was about a week, they made my hardwood maple shine again and made the whole process easy and smooth. I will be recommending them to anyone in my network who needs their floors redone going forward. Thanks so much guys!! Photos show the transformation from old to new in the same area of floor :)
sydney j 02/24/24 — google
From working with Jenny to the men who installed my kitchen backsplash were all very professional and very polite. The work is beautiful and I happen to choose the hardest tile to work with! I appreciate them getting my job done in a timely fashion. Thank you to all for your help..I would definitely use this company again.
KAREN LIGHT 02/23/24 — google
Highly recommend the company and its services. Jared was extremely helpful in providing suggestions for me in order to cut costs but still accomplish my goal. He took his time assessing some issues in my floors and took the time to have an additional person come out for a consultation. The consult and two full days work were done within a week- I could not be happier. Highly recommend and will likely use again when I’m ready to do other work with the rest of my floors!
Caitlin Walker 02/23/24 — google
Went with another company at first that took significantly longer, and did an awful job. I then gave Footprint Floors a call and it was a world of difference. Mark was extremely helpful in answering any questions I had. Pedro, and Angel were extremely friendly and efficient. It only took them a day and a half to refinish my entire upstairs floor. I will alway use Footprint Floors for any work I need done in the future.
Brent Vervalin 02/23/24 — google
I had three contractors come out, one wanted 23k, the others no-showed, then refused to offer a quote or estimate. Eduardo was the most professional contractor I've worked with in years. The tile work is nothing short of absolutley spectacular. Perfect workmanship. Jorge and Jose are craftsman, and made the tile not only look good, but look like it's all original using totally different colors and sizes. Just simply amazing. I just can't recommended them enough.
Colin Buckley 02/23/24 — google
Working with Rebecca was a very smooth, straightforward, effortless, and easy experience. From Day 1 she was hands on and was able to help everyway possible. The whole process for our first floor was 2 days between demo and install. I couldn't of asked for an easier process. I am beyond grateful that we went with her. She is very helpful and walks you through the whole process.
Kayla Huck 02/23/24 — google
I had a wonderful experience with Footprints floors. Jordan and James were great at walking me through the process and communicating throughout each step. They refinished original hardwood floors from 1890! I highly recommend them, and would definitely hire them again.
Erin McShane 02/22/24 — google
Amazing service! They made the process so easy, we reached out and Carson came out the following day and was able to start and finish the project the following week! Efficient and affordable, we highly recommend!
Teanna Haas 02/22/24 — google
Excellent service!
Sawyer Thommes 02/22/24 — google
We’ve used Footprints to re-do all of our hardwood flooring as well as for a bathroom tile install. They are so easy to work with, reasonably priced and the process is quick and seamless. Jesse is great to work with and easy to get in touch with when we have questions. We will definitely use Footprints again for future remodels!
Emily Hellwig 02/22/24 — google
They were very professional, honest, and always on time.
Jorge Mtanous 02/22/24 — google
Thrilled with the outcome of the refinishing of my abused kitchen floor. Looks like new. Meticulous and neat workers. Oliver great at answering all questions about color, finish etc. great experience. Highly recommend.
Linda Zuckerman 02/22/24 — google
I want to thanks footprints floors for the job thay done for me with a fear labor Cousts and the timing was fast and on time, I really appreciate you (matt) to make it easy, fast and beautiful job done. Good job
M Y 02/22/24 — google
Aaron was fantastic - explained everything, offered wise options. His crew knocked the job out quick and the finished result was beyond expectations. Highly recommend.
David K 02/22/24 — google
We have a new home! They turned our 30 yo dark floors into smooth, light stained floors. Placed new baseboards and shoe moulding. Skilled craftsman, careful, and hard working crew. Got it done ahead of schedule. Not a speck of dust in the house. We could not be more pleased! Amazing job. Worth every, reasonable penny. Thanks
Terrie Van Buren 02/22/24 — google
Had 2 bathrooms remodeled. Excellent workmanship. Both bathes are so beautiful!!! I still have 2 bathrooms and a kitchen to remodel. Will definitely use Mike Brown at Footprints Floora of Middle GA.
Kim Wendler 02/21/24 — google
My wife and I recently decided to remove the carpet from our bedroom and replace with hardwood-style laminate. Neither of us have ever looked into any sort of “flooring” job, and had no idea what to expect, as far as cost, timeline, options, etc. We came across Footprint Floors, and decided to get a consult from them. Simply from the consult, we immediately knew we wanted to go with Footprint! Amanda came out and spoke with us, patiently answered all of our questions, and explained everything thoroughly. She had samples, talked us through the different styles and what worked best for us, and helped us settle on the perfect one! Only a short (roughly) two-weeks later, and the entire job was completed with perfection! Between the consult, the ordering process, the initial work, and the final completion, Amanda and her team were phenomenal, and updated us every step of the way. They were quick, incredibly communicative, and cost efficient! The floors in our bedroom look incredible, and we could not have asked for a better experience. 10/10 job, and would definitely recommend to anyone that has interest in redoing their floors. Next time we need any flooring done, we will definitely be calling Amanda back!
David Britt 02/21/24 — 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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