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How to Choose Flooring

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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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What Our Customers Say

Had a great experience! Lori Ruggs was amazing! Very detailed and explained the process from start to finish. Clint and the install crew delivered on everything they had promised. I highly recommend this company for all of your flooring needs. They are without a doubt the best!
Jerry Lawarre 04/24/24 — google
Alissa and her team at Footprints Floors did a great job installing backsplashes in our kitchen and a bathroom. They worked with us through the entire process. The workers were professional and efficient. We are very happy with our new backsplashes. High quality, resonable price, great communication!
Vladimir Polski 04/23/24 — google
Working with Kevin and his team was amazing. The crew arrived on time and stayed late to get everything completed timely.
Adrienne Taylor 04/23/24 — google
Oliver and his team at Footprints were great! They installed Luxury Vinyl in the basement and patch & refinished the hardwoods throughout the main level. Oliver was great to work with. He always communicated & made sure his team did a great job completing each project. They were very easy to work with and I will definitely be using them again for future projects. Thank you!!
Ryan Kellogg 04/23/24 — google
100% recommend!! Michael and his crew are very professional and do amazing work!
Jamie Brown 04/23/24 — google
We had to have some oak floor replaced due to water damage. Found Foodprints Floors online with 5 star reviews. Miguel came out, gave us a fair estimate and Leo and his crew had the work completed in short time. The floor is beautiful. We would definitely use this company again for any floor replacement.
Ken Scott 04/23/24 — google
I scheduled an appointment with Bob Linda for a repair for a hardwood floor damaged during a recent move in. I appreciated Bob’s integrity, advice and service.
marilyn Benson 04/22/24 — google
Unbelievably gorgeous floors! Refinished our red oak floors with silver grey which took out the red leaving it a light warm and beautiful. Super fast too.
Lexi Street 04/22/24 — google
High quality work. Extremely efficient. Met my time needs and requirements. Was available to talk about the job and any point. I would recommend this company to anyone.
Trevor Scott 04/22/24 — google
Great job, very professional and completed in a timely manner.
LaMont Swift 04/22/24 — google
Great company to work with, they take pride in their work and the quality shows it. The wood floor is beautiful!
Cheryl Ashelford 04/22/24 — google
Visiting from out of town and I noticed my 99 year old mother's floors were sagging. Spoke with Austin that came out immediately and gave an estimate. Austin, Kyle and the work crew did a wonderful job and the floor look AWESOME!. I would 100% recommend this company in the future.
Juanita Hall 04/22/24 — google
Brandon and his team are the only ones I would want working on my flooring projects again. Very thorough, great communication, and the end result is great!
Michael Bauer 04/22/24 — google
I am so happy with my floor! The team is professional and took the time to do the project right. Jordon is truly knowledgeable and made sure my questions were answered throughout the process. I would highly recommend Footprints Floors and use them again.
CC Beach 04/22/24 — google
Responsive and professional. Perfect job fixing the floor. One cannot tell there is any patching done.
Madelyn Kahana 04/22/24 — google
Love my hexagon tile! They were great to work with. Super nice and fairly priced😁
Carissa Feld 04/21/24 — google
I had a great experience with Footprints Foods! Aaron was quick to respond to my request for a quote and was able to meet my schedule with no problem. Juan, the installer, did a wonderfully job and my floors look great. Aaron was easy to communicate with and came by each day to check progress. All in all a great experience.
Elizabeth McTernan 04/20/24 — google
Excellent work, completed in one day!
Michael Hall 04/19/24 — google
We have loved our time working with Brandon, Juan, and the whole team. They did a great job
Jessica Baldrica 04/19/24 — google
Quick, communicative, and amazing job! Truly know their stuff and treat you like their most important customer.
Exal Iraheta 04/19/24 — google

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