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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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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

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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