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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 Weymouth / Brockton 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 Weymouth / Brockton 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 Weymouth / Brockton 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.

Covering everything from design and installation to clean up, our team helps increase the value of your property with brand new hardwood floors. Contact us today to request a free estimate!

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What Our Customers Say

This company is amazing. Everything from the quote process up thru the installation/final review process was seamless. Mark, Caleb, and Mag were great to work with. I have some future tile work to be done in my basement and they will be my 1st point of contact for business. Thanks again Footprint Tiles
Donald Jeffrey 11/22/22 — google
Caleb was easy to work with. They did a great job and showed up on time. We will be using them again in the future.
Kelsey Bowker 11/17/22 — google
This company is truly one of a kind! From the initial bidding process to the final result, this company was an absolute pleasure to work with. In fact, the experience was so exemplary that every day I found myself bracing for the inevitable "disappointment" that always seems to accompany projects done by contractors. It never happened. What struck me most about my experience with Footprints was that the crew that worked in my home were friendly and very considerate of the fact that they were working in my home. Always left the house clean, neat and tidy and consistently asked my opinion on things; never leaving anything to chance. I know that I'm gushing here, but after owning an antique home for 17 years and renovating it all the while, I've had some horrendous experiences with contractors. Zach and his team are committed to providing their clients with the very best experience possible and I'm so glad I found them. We have a large project on the horizon for our second floor and you bet Footprints will be here again to work their magic. Shout outs to Zach, Caleb, Ronald and Kevin - what a team!
kevin labonville Scituatema 11/3/22 — google
Every employee that I interacted with was professional. The floors were installed perfectly. Very happy and would recommend.
Robert McKinley 10/15/22 — google
Highly recommended! Zach was so friendly and easy to work with! He gave us a reasonable price for the install of herringbone pattern tile in our mudroom and half bath. He was timely and communicative and responded promptly to any questions during the entire process. Mags and the other workers were meticulous with their process and very respectful of our space, our time, and our two big dogs (who demanded belly rubs several times a day)! We came across some complexities along the way, simply due to how the house was originally constructed but Zach and his crew took the time to explain it all to us along with our options and have us the time to feel comfortable with our decisions. Really couldn’t recommend them more - I would give them 10 stars if it let me. Amazing team that does great quality work!
Lauren S 09/17/22 — google
I can’t say enough positive things about Footprints Flooring. Zach and Caleb are a dynamic duo! I had my kitchen backsplash replaced and the team did a fantastic job! Wood flooring was done upstairs and I had my downstairs flooring refinished. I needed flooring installed to replace a carpeted area too and that came out amazing! These 5 star reviews are all on point. If you’re looking for a company to redo your home, hire Footprints Flooring. You won’t be disappointed!
America First 09/17/22 — google
We are extremely pleased with the work done by Footprints. When I called they came out the same day and gave me an estimate the same day as well. They were incredibly polite and professional. We are very pleased with both projects they did for us. We will be calling them again for our next project!
Daniel Morrissey 09/16/22 — google
Zach and his team are A+++ He guided us in finding the right flooring for our needs and style preferences. He’s knowledgeable, friendly, and always responsive. The quality is top notch and his team is amazing, they work very hard and deliver on time. Wonderful installation and experience. My floors look stunning. I would highly recommend Zach at Footprints Floors to everyone. Cannot express how happy I am with the entire experience. Best team around! Thank you Zach & team 🙏
Jae Heller 09/11/22 — google
I highly recommend Footprints Floors. I had my entire mobile home flooring replaced with laminate. There a couple of issues that added to to the quote, but I was contacted prior to any work being done and was given the option to have the additional work done or not. Zack and Caleb were quick to respond to questions and concerns - even on the weekend or late at night! My floor is beautiful and I couldn’t be happier.
H L 09/2/22 — google
The process was quick and easy. I received a call right away to set up appointment. I started the process Friday and got an appointment for Monday. Zach kept in contact the whole time with updates on when he would be there and during the install, how things were going. He even sent pictures of what was done. He was very professional, brought all the supplies and started and finished when he said he would. I would definitely use them again.
Sandra Loureiro 08/3/22 — google
We asked Zach from Footprints Floors to meet us during a walkthrough for our new home so we could set up a time for him to refinish the floors before we moved it. I stressed that he needed to be prompt because we only had a few minutes in the house. He was right on time, measured the whole space and checked under rugs and vents. Zach went through what he saw - wood floors that were in great shape and since they had only been done a few years before, he said he thought they looked awesome and we shouldn't bother investing our money in another coat. His honesty made us want to use him the future and I know we will (we're putting an addition on in a few years). I would absolutely suggested using their team!
Leah Klein 07/1/22 — google
Footprint Floors did an outstanding job at a very reasonable price. Zach, Caleb and Ricardo lived up to everything that they promised and finished it 4 days ahead of time. Shout out to a job well done.
Richard Rogers 06/9/22 — google
I was extremely impressed with this company. Everything was clearly communicated down to details of price and what was needed. The work was done quickly and efficiently and my floors look wonderful! So happy I went with them!
Anna Skvirsky 05/25/22 — google
We are still in the beginning stages of repairing our floors but I can already tell this is going to be a lovely experience. Caleb is incredibly kind, knowledgeable, and respectful! My family is a bit wild and dysfunctional but Caleb has been very patient with us to insure we are receiving exactly what we want. I'm very impressed by the timeliness and respect that radiates from him and the company. I'm excited to see the finished results! For now, I've included a photo of my dogs with some of the sample floors. Normally they are very rowdy and loud but they've come to really enjoy Caleb's presence and the idea of getting new floors to play on.
Athena Hall 04/9/22 — google
I am extremely pleased with the kitchen tile floor that Footprints Floors Southshore installed for me. The project was done in a very timely manner, and the crew was on time every day and did an amazing job. The Project Manager was here every day to ensure that everything was being done to my specifications.. I would highly recommend this company to anyone,.
Karen Darcy 03/5/22 — google
Zach and his team were great. Zach showed up took a look at my job which wasn’t huge by any means but made us feel like it was as big as any of his jobs. He was quick and fair with his proposal and the team led by project manager Caleb did a fantastic job installing our laundry room tile. They were very communicative of any issues and always ran uncertainties by use before proceeding with anything. The job was delayed due to a snow storm which is no one’s fault and Zach very graciously sent us a Starbucks gift certificate as a result of the delay! Completely unnecessary but a great touch. Class act and great work. Will hire for next job when we need it.
Richard Perreault 03/2/22 — google
My experience was absolutely perfect end to end. I reached out to Footprints after a horrible experience with Home Depot. The Footprint team was professional, friendly, and a great price for our flooring project in our basement. I plan to use them for future flooring projects.
Laura Kline 12/22/21 — google
Did our kitchen flooring in one day, thoughtful detail. Happy with the installation of our new vinyl flooring.
Brandon Mattos 12/18/21 — google
They came back to fix the issue with my friends flooring.
Gary Biscane 12/15/21 — google
After having several contractors tell us that our hardwood floor was not able to be refinished due to its condition, we found Zach. Not only was he very professional, he was also very honest in addressing all of our concerns. He told us that he felt it could be restored and the results are amazing! They took meticulous care in sanding and applying the finish - including inside the closet - and it is beautiful. They are very easy to work with and have the utmost pride in their work. We would not have anyone else do our flooring work and look forward to working with them on new projects in the future. They brought our 50 old floor back to life! Jean & Bob Drapeau
Jean Drapeau 11/28/21 — 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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