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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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What Our Customers Say

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
Dan has a great eye for quality and detail. You can tell just by talking with him, that he wants you to have the best experience and final result possible.
J.S. S. 03/3/22 — Thumbtack
Dan tackles all of his jobs with unmatched professionalism. The job is not done until the customer is happy, and Footprints always goes the extra mile to ensure that happens. True experts in the field, I’d trust them with my home projects anytime!
Kyle M. 03/1/22 — Thumbtack
Footprint Floors were so awesome. Even when I was not ready for my project they asked if they can call me back and the time frame. The best was they kept communicating with me via text and answer ever time I texted them back. A wonderful job has been done to our bathroom and kitchen floor. I would for sure recommend them and will definitely use their services again. Thank you Dan and to your great staff. Miriam Lopez Clearwater Fl.
Miriam Lopez 02/28/22 — google
My experience with Footprints Floors was excellent from beginning to end. They were very responsive to any questions I had and helped me through the material purchasing process. The owner Dan made sure I knew what was happening each step of the way and personally made sure my floor was done on time! The result is beautiful. I am calling them back to do two more rooms :)
Karen Smith 02/22/22 — 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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