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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 Stamford / Norwalk to help you with your decision-making process. If you want more information, check out our web pages dedicated to different kinds of flooring.

No matter the flooring you choose, you can trust the qualified contractors hired by Footprints Floors to do the job right.

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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 in Stamford / Norwalk 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 in Stamford / Norwalk 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

Fixed the floor without needing to take out the boards!
Dan Berring 07/18/24 — google
Lee was very responsive to my situation from the beginning. I had a difficult pattern, marble tile backsplash that had been started by another installer, who unfortunately wasn't up to completing the task. Lee sent over Mauricio who was amazing. He was efficient; diligent; neat and very respectful of my property. I highly recommend Footprints Floors of Southern CT.
Theresa 06/7/24 — google
Excellent service, very personable! The floor looks amazing!!
Claudia Thomas 05/14/24 — google
Lee and Footprints Floors were a pleasure to work with from start to finish! I will definitely be using them again and recommending them to friends and family. Do yourself a favor and start your flooring project with Footprints Floors!
Cindy Lupkey 04/19/24 — google
Footprints did a fabulous job installing our backsplash tiles. Lee was a pleasure to work with and his installers did a fantastic job. They also work very cleanly, and the price was right. I wouldn’t hesitate to use them again.
Chris Tella 03/21/24 — google
We are very happy with how our floors came out! Lee was very personable, punctual, and explained everything in detail. We will definitely hire Lee and his crew for any future projects!
Rosemary Aquila 02/15/24 — google
Lee and his team did a very good job with our flooring! They were very quick organized and clean. Lee was always on site every day and very communicative during the whole project!
Bryant White 01/5/24 — google
Lee and his team are very professional. They provide five-star service and craftsmanship. The bathroom exceeded our expectations. The project ran smoothly from start to finish and was done on time and within budget.
Bongkot Benedict 11/21/23 — google
We removed carpets and put hardwood floors in. The team finished the work in timely fashion .. they were all great to work with.
Anita Oehley 11/8/23 — google
I was floored by the sight of my floors! Absolutely beautiful. Lee has great energy that shows he loves what he does and is appreciative of the crew he has. He is very easy to work with recommend Footprints highly.
Maria McDonald 11/7/23 — google
Customer service top notch. They stand behind their work.
Town Planner Community Calendar LOWER Fairfield 11/6/23 — facebook
The entire experience of working with Footprints Floors was exemplary. The salesman/estimator Lee was extremely helpful and responsive, and the project was completed in a very timely matter. The team of sanders/finishers did an excellent job restoring my older pine floors and I couldn’t be happier! They were very tidy and there was a minimum of dust and cleanup. The entire team seemed very interested in having a successful resolution to the project, and making sure I was comfortable with all the decisions regarding finish selections. I highly recommend this company!
Patsy Rupp 10/6/23 — google
Footprints Floors refinished some floors and the work was high quality and at the right price point! Lee and his team were organized, meticulous and pleasant to work with! I highly recommend Footprints Floors!
Bill Bidell 09/28/23 — google
I found Footprints Floors of Southern CT on a floor finishing forum. The community App Next Door had several people recommending their services. My needs had been a bit unusual as I had only a small area of a wood floor damaged when I rented out my house for a photo shoot. Footprints Floors worked with me on a solution that would repair the small area without having to refinish the entire room, hallway and closet floors. They did a great job. The owner Lee Becker was always available. He is skilled, responsive and professional. I would hire Footprints Floors again without hesitation.
Steve Rifkin 09/15/23 — google
Lee and his team are a pleasure to work with. My floors look amazing.
John Anello 06/19/23 — google
Clean and efficient. Willing to work with you.
Dale Burgess 06/16/23 — google
Great experience all around. Excellent communication throughout the process and reasonably priced. Highly recommend
eric nishiyama 06/9/23 — google
We contacted Footprints Floors for two projects: Replacing kitchen tiles and refinishing a basement floor in vinyl wood. Our timeline was very short, and Lee and his crew were able to accommodate us, start immediately, and even work on weekends to complete the jobs during our timeframe. They were very professional and knowledgeable about flooring options and recommended the best solutions for our home and budget. One of the things we really appreciated was Lee’s excellent communications skills. Ahead of starting the project until after it was completed, Lee was very responsive, patient and helpful with our questions to ensure we find the right and best materials, and ensured we knew exactly what to expect from beginning to end. The crew arrived on time every day and Lee was there in person each morning to check in and communicated at the end of every day. Throughout the project, Lee kept us informed about timing and cost status. We were particularly impressed with the quality of the work and the attention to details that has completely transformed our home! We couldn’t be happier with the final product, and we would highly recommend Footprints Floors to our friends, family, and anyone looking to complete a flooring project!
Nada Kandil 05/26/23 — google
Footprints did a fantastic job refinishing our floors. They were more than accommodating to our time frame. I highly recommend.
Jennifer Snyder 04/12/23 — google
Lee and his team did our shower tile floor and wall. It looks very professional. They did an amazing job!!!!
Anagabriela Tuccella 03/23/23 — 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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