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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 Pasadena 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 Pasadena 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 Pasadena 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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Everything was super great. Alfonso was flexible with me, I got an initial quote but wasn't ready for installation for a few months after we spoke, he was patient, didn't rush me and helped me with the steps of buying the right materials. The final result looks awesome, I had a smaller project that was completed in one day. It's as good as I could have hoped for, thanks for the team for doing a fast professional job and having great communication along the way.
Han Sayles 05/31/24 — google
Alfonso and his staff did an excellent job preparing, sanding, staining, and applying the top polyurethane coatings to our bedroom floor. Attention to the details and care in executing the work was top notch. I would highly recommend his services to all customers who need floor refinishing expertise.
Dianne Claisse 11/1/23 — google
Timely, Professional. Courteous.
John Waldrip 10/5/23 — google
From the initial quote Alfonso was a pleasure to work with, always professional and on time, courteous and listened well to what I wanted. He was very helpful in obtaining the correct materials for my job as I wanted to match existing flooring in other parts of the house. He showed up to the job everyday to check on progress and address concerns. His crew was also a pleasure to work with. They were respectful of my house and family and cleaned up each day since we were still living there. They brought in more crew to finish the job on time since the demolition portion took longer than expected. When they hit an issue they made sure to do the right thing and not just the fast thing even though it changed the scope of the project I would highly recommend Footprints Flooring and will use them in the future if I need to.
Sherri Merideth-Cheatham 03/22/23 — google
Footprints Floors Northern LA Valleys installed solid bamboo flooring in my 112-year-old home and did a fabulous job. The most significant selling point for me? The integrity of owner Alfonso Ferreira and his two-person crew. They kept me informed and offered solutions at every step of the way. While demoing the kitchen floor, for example, they discovered thick plywood had been glued and screwed to the original tongue-and-groove subfloor. It had to be removed, or it would interrupt the continuous flow of bamboo flooring throughout the house. Though it added an extra day to the job, they managed to pry off the plywood and smooth the battered subfloor. The guys did an amazing job. They were communicative, respectful, and honest. In short, I trust Footprints Floors and would strongly recommend them to anybody looking for a reliable and trustworthy flooring contractor.
Sandra Barrera 12/6/22 — google
We contacted "Footprints" when we were looking for someone to refinish/repair existing hardwood floor and to install new laminate flooring. Alfonso came out and gave us a quote for both jobs. The price was very reasonable and the quality of work was first class. Very happy with the results and it was a pleasure to work with Alfonso and his team.
Christine Santillan 12/5/22 — google
Alfonso and his team were amazing! I hired them to refinish my house's hardwood floors and replaced damaged areas. They gave me a great price, delivered excellent results, and finished faster than estimated. Five stars all around.
Alex Ordonez-Chu 08/5/22 — google
Alfonso and his team has been very professional in all respects, they did an impeccable job on time and within the budget. Very happy, totally recommend to anyone.
Tobias Weber 08/1/22 — google
Alfonso & team did a great job! Was extremely happy.
Daniel Kronovet 05/12/22 — google
I requested for a quote and someone came out right away! I was given detailed information about my request.
Laura F. 04/18/22 — Thumbtack
Alfonso, the estimator-rep is very personable. The quote was very reasonsble as compared to the 5 others. I had a experienced 20+ year installer work on the flooring. Watching him do a true professional job was awesome. Everything was cleaned up when the job was completed. I would recommend this company again! Thanks Alfonso. And, thanks to Edgar, the installer.
Elaine Lee 04/5/22 — google
Footprints Floors refinished my hardwood floors in less than four days. Their quote was reasonable and they treated my home as if it was theirs. They also moved my furniture both in and out, without any damage. They also replace my old baseboards with more modern ones. Alphonso worked with me on the timing for the job so we could ensure good weather. I needed them to return after the job was completed to fill in one, minor gap. And they did so within a few days. I highly recommend Footprints Floors for their professionalism, co-operation, competitive cost and quality work.
Donna Mize 03/21/22 — google
I was always dealing with Alfonso from the estimate to setting up when the job would be done and completed. He was very professional answered all my questions and concerns. I felt he understood how important this job meant to me. The crew that actually did the job was very good. They made my hardwood floors look brand new. The job was estimated to be a three day job but it was done in two because of the number of men assigned to doing the job.
Kathy Cash 02/4/22 — google
Alfonso and the team were top notch. the project was done in a timely manner and they were compete professionals. I felt the pricing was fair and they did excellent work installing new bamboo flooring in my family room. They did all nosing on the steps as well. They did a great job. I would use them again.
Deborah Boone 01/18/22 — google
I had expensive solid hard wood flooring installed in the entire house by Footprints Floors and the results were excellent flooring installation. The quality of work done by Alfonso's employees was true quality. The guys working in my home always made sure all trash and debris was cleaned up before leaving for the day. They moved my furniture and safely put it back when the floors were finished. I fully recommend Alfonso and his employees with Footprints Floors, they are the best!
prince dog 12/2/21 — google
We used Footprint floors to do three bedrooms and a hallway. They were professional and extremely responsive. They allowed us to adjust what we wanted a few times to get the work/price that we were comfortable with. The whole process was very smooth and the team actually ended up finishing a whole day ahead of schedule because of the work ethic.
Ryan Tengel 11/15/21 — google
Their work is so good, I was actually FLOORED! The response time was beyond fast when I posted a request on Angi, and was even able to schedule a bid for the project the same day. Alfonso and George stopped by and inspected the small outdoor patio and adjoining guest room that I wanted to remove the carpet and replace with terra cotta tile. We purchased the house from a flipper, and had no idea what lay under the squeeking carpet. The charge to level the room for the tile was lower than we expected. The bid was right on point and the craftsmanship was top notch. I also appreciate the attention that Afonso and George took during the project to make sure everything was going smoothly. I am already planning another project with them! HIGHLY RECOMMEND! Photos are of Before & After
Bv Vaughn 10/14/21 — google
Alfonso and George did an amazing job!! Resanding, repairing and continuing my hardwood throughout the house!
Karen Brobeck 10/5/21 — google
George and Alfonso were very professional from start to finish. They were involved with overseeing the entire project. Nery and Jose did a beautiful job on my shower tile, and bathroom floor. They made sure my staircase carpet was covered, and everything around the project was protected. They cleaned up nicely afterwards as well. I highly recommend this company for any tile or flooring jobs needed.
Wendy Lisa 09/20/21 — google
Everything went great. They were very responsive and finished installation two days ahead of schedule. They were able to match the new flooring almost perfectly to the other flooring that was in the remainder of the home. Great work!!!
Emma Perry 09/17/21 — 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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