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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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Footprints Floors provides flooring installation services for both old and new homes. We handle the demolition and removal of the old flooring, as well as the necessary prep work for new flooring. We will even remove baseboards and reinstall them after completing the flooring installation.

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What Our Customers Say

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
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

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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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