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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 Lakeland / Brandon 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 Lakeland / Brandon 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 Lakeland / Brandon 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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What Our Customers Say

Awesome crew! Extremely professional and results are amazing. We specified what we wanted and they delivered! Highly recommend.
James Hester 06/15/24 — google
Very patient and accommodating when it came to project timelines! Professional service and high-end finishing. Will be using again and recommending to anyone looking for quality work!
Jay Listerman 06/12/24 — google
Highly recommended!!! Gene got us taken care of on very short notice. The whole process was hassle free and the crew that took care of the job was very professional.
Nicholas Anderson 05/22/24 — google
From our initial inquiry to a beautifully finished floor, the guys at Footprint Floors were top notch. They were extremely helpful, knowledgeable, timely, and just incredibly pleasant to work with. Our new floor is GORGEOUS and we couldn't be more pleased with the final product at a very fair price! They are craftsmen of the highest degree - we will be back for more!
Sherri Buete 05/20/24 — google
To start, let me say I wanted my master bath remodeled and had a terrible time finding a contractor (they either wanted to charge enough to build a whole house or they never called back). My son happened to find Footprint Floors online and took a chance calling them for me. Gene showed up at my house on time, very professional and respectful. I could tell from the start, that he was very knowledgeable and was going to be great to work with. I actually cancelled another estimate and just went with Gene, once I got his very reasonable quote. Gene gave me a start date much sooner than I expected, and communication was great and consistent throughout the job….Then, Diego showed up! That man took my vision and made it come to life! He worked until the job was done, even late some days. He was also so patient with me when I changed the vision slightly. His workmanship is absolutely the best, my bathroom is now about to be the best room in my house! It’s not quite complete yet or I would post a picture. Gene and Diego are magic together, and I HIGHLY recommend them! I was sad to say ‘goodbye’ .
deborah pickett 05/14/24 — google
I was very pleased with the whole experience with Footprints Floor. Gene came out quickly to help me sort out what was needed, he provided a quote later that day for me and had me on the schedule as soon as we confirmed everything. The crew that came out was very professional and did a great job. I couldn’t be happier with how the floors turned out.
Dee Rodriguez 05/8/24 — google
From the first encounter with Gene, i knew he was a great guy with great intentions. Not the contractor or person looking to screw you over but someone who legitimately wants to do great work. With that said, they didn’t disappoint. Floors came out great!!! Dont have a single complaint about these guys. Top notch company. Give them a shout and you wont be disappointed!!!
Yaxel Castaneda 04/16/24 — google
The job was done well, and everyone was helpful in working with us. We appreciate what Vic and his team were able to do.
Brendan Cook 04/16/24 — google
Excellent customer service and professionalism. I have used them for two homes now, they have the best prices, but more importantly is the quality and skill. In just half a day, they carpeted two bedrooms and a staircase. Lupe and his workers were professional and workmanship was impeccable. Previously they did luxury vinyl in my house. The previous installer did such a bad job, it was ripped out, the floor leveled and new flooring installed. I was done with better materials and better job for less money. Highly recommended.
Suzie Baylis 04/2/24 — google
The installation team is one of high quality and caliber. I ordered engineered maple glue-down floors and polished tile for a small bathroom. Vic, crew chief for the wood floors is probably in the top % of installation experts for quality of work and people skills. He is hard working, dedicated, and won't leave a job unfinished. I had some delay in material shipping, and he came back to ensure final touches were complete. For the tile work. Diego was the "guy". Just as high quality of workmanship and caliber as the wood flooring crew. Gene orchestrated the entire process from ordering the floor to the final installation. My time was a bit crunched, and Gene met the demand with swiftness of time and products. Highly recommend Footprints Flooring in the Tampa Bay area. Only one other small-owned shop in the area comes close to the quality of this team but is significantly more expensive. I will definitely use Footprints again!
km km 03/28/24 — google
Excellent service. They did a wonderful job on my porch. Can’t recommend them enough and will use them again.
Al 03/22/24 — google
Jon installed my backsplash in my kitchen. He did excellent work. The job was completed in a very timely manner and he did a wonderful job. Love my new backsplash!
Maria Lowry 03/8/24 — google
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

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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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