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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 Woodstock / Kennesaw 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.


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 Woodstock / Kennesaw 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 Woodstock / Kennesaw 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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I now have a beautiful tile floor in my downstairs bedroom thanks to Tim & his wonderful crew. Davon & his son did an absolutely wonderful job. Scheduling was somewhat difficult due to Coved but Tim always kept me informed & updated. I can't speak to value because it is all expensive to me but I do know that it was worth it. Thanks guys!
Suzette Landau 08/8/23 — google
First class experience. On time, fantastic communication throughout, and excellent craftsmanship. Highly recommend Tim and his company!
Terry Phillips 06/26/23 — google
Tim and his team refinished my hardwoods that were in rough shape. They did an amazing job, finished on time, and keep me in the loop the whole time. The floors look better than they did when they were brand new. I would highly recommend them!
JR Downs 06/8/23 — google
Great service, competitive pricing, great quality. Tim and his team were great to work with. Professional in every way, definitely recommend.
Trey Moon 03/30/23 — google
Tim was very personable and knowledgeable and the customer service was awesome. The crew he has is A+. I will be using them again soon for my tiling job. Highly recommend Footprints Floors.
Sandra Tant 02/23/23 — google
We used Footprints Floors to remodel the main staircase in our home and we would do it again in an instant! Tim, the owner, was very responsive, courteous, and helpful throughout the whole process. The work was beautifully done and I am beyond happy with how it turned out. The work was also done for the agreed-upon price, and there were no increases at all to the estimate. The price Tim quoted was the price we paid. The work crew was very thoughtful and diligent and treated our home and everyone in it with the utmost respect. Whenever they left for the day, they cleaned after themselves so well that we could hardly tell they were there, hard at work tearing out and replacing a staircase. The whole experience was wonderful and I would call them again if I ever needed any flooring work done at my home.
Matt Ramsey 02/21/23 — google
Footprints Floors is amazing. Tim Busbee is a great guy…answered all my questions, provided a competitive estimate and was present throughout the project. His “team” installed my new wood floors quickly and beautifully. They were professional, timely and pleasant! I would definitely recommend Footprint Floors.
Karen F 02/2/23 — google
This is the second time we have used Tim for a flooring project. His company is on time, does quality work, and is very responsive. I trust him and his crew in my home. I would recommend him to work in your home as well.
Danean Milligan 11/4/22 — google
They did a great job installing my new lvp flooring in my home. Tim and his staff were very knowledgeable and helpful throughout the entire process and their communication and updates were on point. I would recommend.
D King 10/20/22 — google
Tim with Footprints Floors did a wonderful job in our home. We are extremely pleased with the work. We had the existing wood floor refinished and had wood floor installed in an extra room. He updated us on each step throughout the process and was always available for us if we had questions or needed anything. We love our floors and we highly recommend them.
Angie Weldon 10/19/22 — google
Wow...just WOW. Tim and his team were extraordinary and my ugly, 1990s red oak floors are now perfect, modern, and prettier than I thought possible. They went above and beyond in every way, and I was a very "high maintenance" client. Any company can have a website that says things like "We care" and "We'll make you happy." These guys really, truly cared that I was not just happy, but completely over the moon for my floors. Trust me, they'll take care of you.
Dawne Michael 06/16/22 — google
I cannot say enough good things about this company. On the first visit, Tim, the owner came out to our home, and was very nice and friendly, not overly pushy and really knowledge and personable. Within 48 hours, Tim emailed me a quote. He communicated with me from the initial visit to the day of installation perfectly. 2 guys came out to my house on the day of installation that were so efficient and FRIENDLY. Tim was there in and out all day to ensure everything was moving smoothly. My flooring is PERFECT, and I couldn’t be more pleased.
Jessica Hill 04/13/22 — google
Thoroughly enjoyed working with Tim and his crew. They seamlessly added floors to an extra room next to older hardwoods that have been here for at least 30 years. They did a fantastic job and I'd totally recommend them.
jason field 04/13/22 — google
Footprints Floors of North Atlanta came out to our residence to do new engineered flooring throughout 80% of our home. They were competitive and fair on their pricing. They always showed up when they said they would, and as soon as something wasn't going as expected (floor setting or finish dry time - all weather and humidity dependent) the crew leader was on the phone with me letting me know about the issue and how we should move forward. There were many factors in my decision to work with Footprints Floors of Northern Atlanta but the biggest factor was that the owner, Tim was at the house to get his crew started everyday and was in constant contact with me throughout the process, and I was able to go to work and not have to manage his crews; like I have for almost every other residential contractor I have ever worked with. The finish product looks amazing and the quality of work is absolutely unparalleled. There isn't a single high/low spot or any sock unravelling joints or corners. The floor finish is consistent throughout with no blemishes. All-in-all this was a great experience and I would highly recommend them to anyone that is willing to listen.
Taylor Morris 03/24/22 — google
Could not ask for a better experience with a vendor. Did exactly what was agreed upon, did it without flaw at competitive price.
Jerry Paris 11/26/21 — google
Great experience. Tim and his team did a great job and were very accommodating with my schedule. Great value and good quality work. Will use again for sure!
Kevin Blond 10/25/21 — google
Tim's team did a great job on the installation and there were no surprises when the job was complete. I will be using again.
CHRISTIAN HATCH 09/28/21 — google
Great results. Good value. Tim and his crew were very professional and personable. They refinished all our our hardwood floors, repairing a few places where the floor had buckled from being wet. I highly recommend Tim and Footprint Floors.
Suzy Rabun 09/20/21 — google
Tim and his team were amazing and worked with us every step along the way.
Christina O. 06/28/21 — Thumbtack
Tim and his crew did amazing job on our floors. He was here overseeing his crew and was very prompt. I would use him again!
Kyle Harris 05/28/21 — 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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