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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 Tampa 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 Tampa 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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Great job very pleased we th made backsplash❤️
Julie Alexander 02/18/24 — google
We had a great experience with footprints floors. Gene was able to come out to our home quickly to give us an estimate. We were given great recommendations on where to get our flooring and were able to pick a date to get our floors installed in1-2 weeks. We had two bedrooms redone with laminate which was completed in 1 day. Floors look great. Would highly recommend this business
Jaisa Miller 02/15/24 — google
Gene, Vic, and the crew from Footprints were awesome. Recommended great product, great communication, and installed with excellence, even working over-time to get the project done on our timeline. Definitely recommend!
The Lyrical Lawyer 02/5/24 — google
Great experience from start to finish! We had a vague idea of what we wanted for backsplash and after sharing some images with Gene they found this for us which is perfect. We love the variety and the pop it gives to our kitchen. Diego & Bruno were excellent to work with day of: on time, friendly and did a fantastic job. Everything was cleaned up and put back as if they had never been there - minus the beautiful backsplash they left behind :) Thank you Footprints Floors for giving our kitchen new life!
Kathleen Carpenter 01/11/24 — facebook
Great experience from start to finish! We had a vague idea of what we wanted for backsplash and after sharing some images with Gene they found this for us which is perfect. We love the variety and the pop it gives to our kitchen. Diego & Bruno were excellent to work with day of: on time, friendly and did a fantastic job. Everything was cleaned up and put back as if they had never been there - minus the beautiful backsplash they left behind :) Thank you Footprints Floors for giving our kitchen new life!
Kathleen Carpenter 01/11/24 — google
Newsome high school appreciates your great work and professionalism. Highly recommend!!!
Jill Rintoul 01/7/24 — google
Wonderful company who supports the community too. Thank you for your tile work at Newsome High School!
Jennifer Collis 01/7/24 — google
Footprints Flooring came through for us when NO ONE else could! Highly recommend!
Christina McMillin 12/19/23 — google
Gene goes out of his way to accommodate and ensure he brings the customer's vision to life. Expectations exceeded!
Kym Taylor 12/18/23 — google
Prompt and impeccable service. Fully recommend.
Kate Quesada 12/18/23 — google
Gene and his team are amazing! Their level of professionalism is remarkable. I appreciated the level of communication throughout our entire project. Highly recommend!
Danielle Triplett 12/13/23 — google
Quality work and easy to do business.
Tim Kip 12/6/23 — google
Great experience with Footprints floor. The owner, Gene was hands on during the entire project! My floors are absolutely gorgeous! He and his team are knowledgeable and extremely professional!
TR Clements 12/6/23 — google
5 Star Quality work!! This company sets the example of what work ethic and integrity means. The customer service, communication and craftsmanship is unmatched in the Brandon/Tampa Bay Area. Gene Hawk(founder of Footprints) is the Master of the craft with Victor and his excellent crew at the helm. Footprints is my highest recommendation for flooring. Bravo!
Kellie Hawk 11/29/23 — google
Very knowledgeable and trustworthy. Gene was so kind. Was genuinely interested in my questions/concerns I had about my old floors.
Alex Smith 10/18/23 — google
I had my tile in my townhome done by Gene and his crew. Gene was great and respectful in his demeanor and communications. They kept me abreast of all the work through text and pictures. They looked for ways to save me money, adjusted their schedule to accommodate an error I made in purchasing the wrong materials, and worked with me through minor issues that popped up. They gave me all of the advice and knowledge that only pros in the trade have. They also converted my stairs from carpet to hardwood. I’d work with them again.
Glenn Surpris 10/13/23 — google
From the time I spoke with Gene Hawk, it was a pleasant and positive experience. Gene was always responsive to my questions and concerns. When he and his team, Arturo & Byron, arrived for my tile installation, all were friendly and professional. They were so adept and the small job I had took them no time at all. They kept the area tidy as they worked. I am completely happy with the installation and would 100 % recommend Footprints Flooring! Thank you, Gene, Arturo & Byron for a job well done!
Sheila Smith 10/9/23 — google
Gene and the crew are responsive immediately, helpful, and focus on actually doing good installs, not cheap fly by night work. Highly recommend.
Francisco Menendez 09/16/23 — google
Outstanding Tile Installation We had the pleasure of working with Gene and Diego at Footprints Floors for a shower tile installation, and we are thrilled with the results. The experience was exceptional, and the craftsmanship speaks for itself. Gene took the time to discuss the design, materials, timeline and communicated with us throughout the whole project. Diego demonstrated a remarkable attention to detail. Every tile was placed with precision, ensuring perfect alignment and symmetry. We are beyond happy with the final result. Thank you Gene and Diego!
Angie Park 08/30/23 — google
Gene Hawk and Footprints Floors do an amazing job. They installed a new kitchen backsplash at our home, and it turned out great. Gene’s team is professional and courteous, and they pay great attention to the details. Thank you!
Ross Spano 08/29/23 — 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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