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So you know your floors need help—but how do you know if they need to be restored or just refinished? There are several factors to keep in mind when making this decision and finding professional hardwood floor refinishing in Tampa. Understanding the needs of your hardwood floors can save you thousands of dollars and a good deal of stress.

Determine What Your Floors Need

There are three main factors to consider when determining if you need floor refinishing or restoration: the condition of your floors, the age of your floors, and the type of hardwood.

Hardwood floors in homes built after the 1940s with light scuffs or scratches, some wear from foot traffic and have lost a bit of shine probably just need to be refinished. Floors installed before the 1940s with more significant signs of damage (deeper scratches from furniture, or floorboards that are warped or cracked, for instance) will likely need to be restored instead.

If you’re not sure what your floors need, consult with a professional hardwood floor refinishing company like Footprints Floors. We’ll be able to advise you on whether your floors need to be restored or just refinished and provide you with a free estimate for the work.

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The Refinishing Process


Broken down, the steps to refinish a hardwood floor are very simple.

  • 1. Strip the floor of its current finishing.
  • 2. Sand or “screen” the floor to remove scratches or other signs of wear and tear from the surface.
  • 3. Give the floor a brand–new finish!

Refinishing a floor is not just a weekend project. Weather, the type of wood and the size of the floors you need refinished are all factors that play into how long a refinishing project takes. Also, despite the simplicity of the steps, a lot can go wrong. Uneven sanding or incorrect application of a finish can make your floors look worse than before.

As a professional hardwood floor refinishing company, the licensed contractors of Footprints Floors can get the job done quickly and correctly, so you aren’t inconvenienced in your home for long. And you can feel confident about the work done, so you don’t have to refinish your floors again for a long time.

The Restoration Process


Restoration of a hardwood floor is more labor intensive than refinishing. Hiring a company that understands different types of wood and how different kinds of damage will impact the restoration process is essential.

Some restoration steps are similar to refinishing—both require stripping away a current finish, sanding and applying a new finish. However, floor restoration involves more significant repairs and may even need patches of complete replacement. Depending on the depth of restoration required, these projects can take more than a week to complete.

Both refinishing and restoring floors are time–intensive, labor–intensive processes involving heavy, dangerous equipment. It is generally much more cost–effective and time–efficient to hire an outside contractor rather than attempt to do the job yourself.

The Best for Your Floor—and Your Budget Professional Hardwood Floor Refinishing in Tampa

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There are many things that homeowners can do to care for the hardwood floors in their homes. For instance, regular cleaning of your floors can help keep them looking nice and prevent long–term damage. Sweeping with soft–bristled brooms, regular vacuuming to remove dirt, and mopping with specialty hardwood floor cleaning solutions can all work wonders on your floors.

Of course, even with care, hardwood floors are not impervious to damage. Your pets might scratch the surface. Water damage might cause a section of the floor to warp or have a loose board that wobbles. You might notice gaps appearing between planks over time and as the weather changes, causing the wood to expand or contract, or you might have dents in the wood from high foot traffic areas. Perhaps your floors just don't look as shiny and new as you'd like. When your own cleaning and maintenance doesn't go as far as they used to, it's time to refinish or even restore.

While it is possible to DIY hardwood refinishing and even restoration, someone without experience can easily damage a hardwood floor. Instead of paying for a costly repair, get it right the first time by calling a professional hardwood floor refinishing company. They'll get the job done right the first time.

Footprints Floors has years of experience working on all kinds of flooring in all types of conditions. From beautiful, rare mahogany floors in Victorian homes to the stunning red oak floors of a mid–century modern suburb house and everything in between, Footprints Floors can do the job right.

We're committed to providing high–quality finishes at the lowest possible rate in a reasonable amount of time. We work to save our clients stress (and money!) as we work to give them floors that look brand new! We won't offer you services you don't need and are confident you will be satisfied with the finished project. Contact us today for a free estimate on your hardwood floor refinishing or restoration project.

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What Our Customers Say

Gene and his team with Footprints were amazing! We were given a quote within a day of contacting them, and the work was completed the following week. Highly recommend! Our backsplash turned out beautiful!
Maria Davila Montgomery 11/22/22 — google
Grne Hawk is one of the kindest individuals with whom our family has had the pleasure of working. Prompt, deliberate, determined, and caring, this trustworthy flooring contractor will do his absolute best for all customers.
Dave Clark 10/21/22 — google
I had a pleasant flooring installation experience with Gene and his team! Gene was very responsive to all my questions and got the job done quickly. I am happy with how my flooring turned out!
Nicole Santos 10/5/22 — google
They responded quickly to our request for quote, came in with a good price, finished on-time, and gave us a great new finish on our floors. We had some scheduling issues with other contractors, and Gene was able to rework his schedule to help us out. All vendors should be this easy to work with.
Daniel Majchrzak 10/3/22 — google
Tiffany was so easy to work with and oversaw our office flooring project until the end. The tile job was done quickly and turned out great! Very pleased with it! We would use Footprints Floors again and recommend them to anyone looking to tile floors.
Amelia K. 07/11/22 — Thumbtack
I used Footprints Floors to install new tile in my office. They did a great job and Tiffany made sure we were 100% happy. I highly recommend Footprints Floors.
Amy Kilgo 07/4/22 — google
I highly recommend Footprints. Everyone was very professional and answered all of my questions. I am extremely happy with the final results
Trina Marshall 06/14/22 — google
Dan and his team were amazing to work with. Dan personally called us back and checked on the progress of our bathroom project daily. His tile man was nothing short of a master tile installer. He cut 45 degree angles on our corners (marble) instead of using some clunky trim or a schluter. The marble redo of our bathroom is nothing short of beautiful. I would highly recommend Footprints Floors, You will get a great price and beyond perfect job.
Kris Hannon 06/13/22 — google
They installed my backsplash and porcelain tile master bath flooring about 3 months ago. They did a great job, we’re happy with the finished results, and they have held up nicely! They did it for a fair price, too!
Linda Evers 05/25/22 — google
We had an excellent experience using Footprints Floors. From the time he delivered the quote until the project end, Dan was always in contact to answer questions and address any concerns. Guillermo did a wonderful job installing the tile and we couldn’t be more pleased with his workmanship.
Deb Neylan 05/25/22 — google
Footprints Floors installed tile floors in all the bedrooms in my house. They were incredibly professional and always on time. The floors look amazing and completely transformed my house. I’m very satisfied with their work and would 100% recommend them as a company.
Jason rieder 05/20/22 — google
I found Dan easy to work with, the installation was beautiful, and done very expeditiously. I would recommend Footprints floors to anyone.
Chuck Evans 05/4/22 — google
Dan and his team were quick, polite and did awesome quality work. I definitely recommend them
Ditzig Family 04/1/22 — google
Guillermo was the contractor from Foortprints who retiled our master shower. He has an eye for detail and went the extra mile in his work, including cleaning up well when he was finished. Dan, the owner, provided excellent communication and stopped by daily to check on the progress of the tile installation and answer any questions.
Kristin Shaffer Portillo 04/1/22 — google
Footprints Floors was excellent to work with on our project. We had a strict deadline to complete everything, and they were able to get us taken care of on time. The results are just beautiful, and we plan to have them come back for another project later this year.
Mary Lomaga 03/28/22 — google
Overall great customer experience!! Dan was extremely professional and responsive. Very satisfied with the quality of the work
Fadi Khalil 03/25/22 — google
We were very happy with, and grateful for, Footprints Floors Tampa! We had our walk in shower updated by another contractor first who totally messed up our shower floor and it had to re-done entirely, and due to poor tile cutting, we also chose to re-tile the rest of our bathroom floor. We chose Footprints Floors. Dan was helpful and professional while also being sensitive to our bad experience we had just gone through. He stayed in contact and came by to check on the progress of our job. His installer did a very nice job, our floors look great but most importantly our shower floor now drains properly! And the cost was a fair price! We definitely recommend Footprints Floors Tampa!
Patti Zabicki 03/16/22 — google
Dan does excellent work! I was very impressed with the quality and durability of the project and he was very professional and knowledgeable.
Susanna B. 03/10/22 — Thumbtack
I have never had a bad experience with them and the quality of work is always exceptional. I would highly recommend them to any one looking for professional, high quality work.
Bruce R. 03/9/22 — Thumbtack
Working with Dan was fantastic. His professionalism and integrity were very apparent, and I would definitely recommend him to others.
Dustin L. 03/8/22 — Thumbtack

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