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Every aspect of a home plays an important role in your comfort. You want your home to reflect your personal style, as well as meet the needs of your daily routine. Choosing the right flooring is a huge part of that.

So, how does one choose the right flooring? Should floors be lighter or darker than the walls? Should every room have the same flooring? How often do you want to clean it? Read about the different types of flooring and find the answers to these questions below.

Once you know how to choose flooring for your home, Footprints Floors is here to provide professional installation. Contact Footprints Floors today for a free estimate!

Types of Home Flooring

There are many different kinds of flooring to reflect every kind of style. Choosing flooring for your home - or even a particular room - depends on a number of lifestyle and environmental factors. Here is a brief overview of five different kinds of flooring:

Solid Hardwood


Hardwood is a classic for a reason. Adding hardwood flooring to your home can add to your home value, potentially increasing the resale price. It’s hypoallergenic and easy to clean. If you want to change the color at any point, hardwood can be sanded and refinished - something Footprints Floors can take care of for you.

Hardwood floors come in a variety of colors and finishes for every style, and offer different levels of durability depending on where they’re located in the home (and whether or not you have, say, toddlers or pets running around). Hardwood floors can be glued directly to concrete and have some insulation properties that may help lower energy bills over time.

Laminate


This material is budget-friendly, easy to clean, stain and scratch-resistant, and super durable. It can be installed over most existing floors if you want to change up the look of your home without having to rip out old flooring. This material is a great option for sunny rooms because it resists fading from UV light.

Engineered Hardwood


If you live in a place with high humidity or greatly varying temperatures throughout the year but love the look of solid hardwood, consider engineered hardwood instead. Engineered hardwood expands and contracts less than solid hardwood, meaning it can even be used in a basement and with radiant heat. It’s available in a variety of colors and finishes, and it costs less than traditional solid hardwood.

Ceramic, Porcelain and Stone Tile


Tile is waterproof so it's the favorite for use in kitchens, bathrooms and basements. Tile is low maintenance and can increase your home’s value. From the material to the look, tile provides tons of options for style, color and textures - even tile that looks like wood if you like the look of hardwood but want something different. It can even be installed outdoors on a patio, or in direct sunlight, and it’s easy to repair.

Luxury Vinyl Plank or Tile


Vinyl is making a comeback. It comes in a variety of colors, patterns and textures; it’s durable, attractive and affordable. Vinyl is a great option for homes with lots of pets or kids because of its durability, and it’s also a quieter option than ceramic or hardwood floors (no click-click-click of heels or dog toenails). Vinyl can be installed over most floors, so if you want a change you don’t need to remove existing flooring. All vinyl is water-resistant and some of it is even waterproof, making it a great option for bathrooms and kitchens. It’s easy to clean and stain resistant.

If you’re someone who loves to cook big meals, vinyl is more shock-absorbent than other flooring, making it good for standing for long periods (or accidentally dropping dishes. It happens).

The Right Flooring For You


When you’re wondering what flooring to choose, there’s always the big question: Should you use the same flooring throughout your home? The answer? You can if you want to. However, some rooms require different flooring based on moisture content. For example, even if you love the look of hardwood, it’s probably not the best choice for your bathroom.

You should keep the look of your flooring consistent in one continuous space, but feel free to change it up at naturally existing barriers like walls or doors. If you feel strongly about having the same look throughout your home with your floors, picking something like laminate or vinyl that works in every room is a great option.

As for colors, darker floors next to lighter walls can help make a room feel more spacious. However, if you have low ceilings, a floor that is lighter than the walls can create an illusion of height. In the end, it’s up to your personal preference, and what you think will look best with already existing decor.

Now that you know more about different kinds of flooring, it's also time to consider your lifestyle. How often do you need to (or want to) clean? Do you have young children or pets that make messes?

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If you are searching for floor installers near you, you have come to the right place. Footprints Floors has some of the highest ratings, thanks to our quality craftsmanship and incredible customer service.

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Whichever kind of flooring you choose, Footprints Floors is here to provide you with professional-grade installation. Footprints Floors only hires qualified, licensed contractors so you can feel safe about having us in your home. Footprints Floors is also able to offer incredibly competitive prices.

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What Our Customers Say

I hired these guys to install new vinyl planks in my kitchen and downstairs hallway. It all looks great! The were very professional and completed the work relatively quickly. We're looking at selling in the next year, so this will definitely add value!
Matt Chalupsky 06/29/22 — google
Footprints did an incredible job on our wood floors and tile. Grant was exceptional at managing our overall experience. While the end result turned out great, Grant is the reason I'd come back again on our next project. He's an exceptional project manager.
Layne Solheim 06/23/22 — google
Jesse and Juan were great to work with! Went above and beyond to get our floors done on a quick turnaround so that we could move in to our new home. Floors look incredible!
Bjorn Olson 06/18/22 — google
We had a very good experience with Footprint Floors refinishing our floors. Todd the sales person was professional throughout the process. Jordan was our project manager with superb customer service. From our experience with the company I gladly recommend Them.
Jesus Perez 06/17/22 — google
They were prompt, patient as I dithered over hardwood floor stains, and fast. Jesse, the foreman, was great to work with. And the crew, Fidel and Modesto, were wonderful as well. Very pleased with my newly refinished floors!
Coral Scherma 06/16/22 — google
This is the second time we’ve used Footprints Floors for work in our home. We used them for tile prior, this time we used them for wood floor lacing where they refinished our original wood floors and laced in new wood to extend our wood floors to the entire main level. Our project manager, Jesse, was amazing and checked in with us throughout the process with status updates, advice, and helping keep the installers on track. He went out of his way and above and beyond to help make sure we were happy with our stain choice and the final product. He personally checked in with us each day and managed the project well.
Manda True 06/12/22 — google
Jesse Nicholas and Marcos were great to work with and very professional. An excellent team.
Rod Henderson 06/8/22 — google
They refinished our hardwood floors, Grant was great to work with, good communication and follow through. Work was done per agreement and price. Would recommend and would use again!
Bruce Dorr 06/3/22 — google
We had a great experience working with Jordan and Fidel with Footprints Floors. The quality of the work was great. They showed up on time and communicated throughout the entire process. We would highly recommend them.
sara yoder 05/31/22 — google
Footprints flooring are an amazing outfit. After a dishwasher leak damaged our hardwood flooring I called them, in a very timely manner I received a call from Hunter and came over gave me an estimate, very reasonable, I then scheduled the work. Hunter was very thoughtful and helpful throughout the project. Travis the superintendent insured that the work was completed in a high quality and professional manner. Every thing they said they would do, they did! The floors look wonderful and on every occasion that I contacted them they responded never leaving me wondering what was going on. I hope that I never need their services again but I would recommend them to anyone needing hardwood flooring done!!
Larry Schamp 05/31/22 — google
I highly reccomend Footprint Floors! They worked on our shower remodel and did some tiling around our soaking tub. Junior was our installer. He poured a new shower pan, installed a new niche and tiled our shower to perfection! He took great care to make sure everything was done right! I really appreciated his kind, respectful personality! He was always willing to talk things through with me. Very professional! I hope to be able to use him on future projects! Jordan was our project foreman. He was extremely kind, professional and very helpful! He came every day to check on the project!!! He continually told me that it was important to him that I was satisfied with the quality of the work and happy with the experience. He was very mindful of the deadline we had requested and made SURE our project kept moving forward inspite of a few hiccups. Both Jordan and Junior were GREAT to work with! Thanks guys for caring about your work and customers! You made the experience a pleasure!
Sylvia Schow 05/31/22 — google
Jesse and his Team were AWESOME! They went above and beyond to make this installation easy on me! Thank you Jesse, Douglas and Jackson!
Holly Spitz 05/25/22 — google
Footprints installed hardwood flooring in our master bedroom and did a tremendous job. We had concerns in matching the color and finish to the existing floors throughout our home. It turned out perfect! We are moving forward with another bedroom and our office. From their salesperson Todd, project manager Jesse to the installers Juan and Byron we are absolutely thrilled with our experience. It a pleasure these days to be able to give a positive review and this company is well deserving of it! Keep up the good work Footprints!
Randy Fetzer 05/21/22 — google
Jesse & Fidel were great. They were a great team & each handled their part of the project extremely well.
Edward Geddes 05/12/22 — google
Grant was very easy to work with and was able to take care lof ast minute issues quickly. Victor the on-site lead and Abraham were absolutely amazing, they were extremely professional, accommodating, friendly, knowledgeable, skilled, and have the strongest work ethic and strive for perfection that I have seen in a long time. I can not recommend these two guys enough. They did a great job. Thank you for everything and tge amazing installation of are vinyl hardwood floors.
Chris Demarest 05/9/22 — google
Very pleased. Footprints Floors installed two mosaic tile bathroom floors for us (in one they also installed underfloor heating -- kids + cats love it!) and the new floors are fabulous. Travis was our manager and Junior our installer, both were delightful, friendly, great with kids + pets, and super quick to answer my questions. Actually, everyone with whom I dealt at FF were friendly, responsive, helpful. I spoke with many installers and Footprints was by far the most prompt and most professional. Would absolutely recommend.
Kb Wayne 05/6/22 — google
Jesse from Foot Print Flooring is amazing. He is so respectful and professional. He is a good asset for the company. There was a small piece of baseboard that did not look great. He came out the very next day himself and repaired the baseboard for us. Our floors look amazing. They were able to match our main floor wood flooring exactly. Thank you!
James Kulp 05/5/22 — google
This is the 3rd time I used Footprints flooring and they have once again been nothing short of amazing. Victor showed up on time and was like a family member. My fiance and our kids loved him and his crew and the flooring looks amazing. I went from really not liking my house to absolutely loving it, because of Footprints. I will be back soon and I know they will do more amazing work. Thank you again!
Richard Lee 04/29/22 — google
One word! Expertise! Footprints Floors provided the superior knowledge and professionalism lacking in the construction industry. The in-home estimator knew what industry standards are according to the National Wood Flooring Association. The crew using industrial grade equipment, stains, and finishes. Our home now has a exquisite look and feel to the hardwoods. Thanks you Footprints Floors!
Chris Curtis 04/26/22 — google
Jordon Murphy from Footprints arranged to install wood floors in two rooms last year. They did an incredible job. They have the best workers so I arranged another install and Jess was the new supervisor. He had his men out promptly and the floors are amazing. I have never worked with such incredible people and they are also so kind and caring. I consider Jordan and Jess my family now. Jess was an amazing supervisor too. Footprints also was on the spot in the quotes while I had to wait for over a week and a half to get folks to inspect for quotes from other companies and then one company took weeks to send the quote. I highly recommend this company. They are blessed to have the workers that they have.
Barbara Kirby 04/25/22 — google

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