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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 to help you with your decision-making process. If you want more information, check out our web pages dedicated to different kinds of flooring.

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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 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

The crew produced a fantastic finished product that certainly met our expectations.
David L. AVERY 08/15/22 — google
I had kitchen backsplash tile installed by Footprints. From the in-house measurement all the way through the install, the entire crew was fantastic. Good communication, on-time, courteous, craftsman quality work, and thorough clean-up. I will absolutely be calling them for my next tile/flooring project and recommend them without hesitation! AF
Arlen Flax 08/13/22 — google
Great experience with Footprints floors. All of their installers and staff were prompt and easy to work with.
Tim Lomas 08/9/22 — google
Very professional and helpful. Got the job done quickly and it looked great.
Beth McGraw 08/5/22 — google
Great experience! Jesse is a really good project manager. The team was incredibly good and committed to doing a great job! I would definitely use them on future projects!
Robert Colletti 07/28/22 — google
Excellent service from Sales, Install/Refinishing and all extra work. Namita from Sales, Juan the Installer and Jesse the onsite Project Manager were all excellent. Jesse/Juan went above and beyond to ensure field work had fabulous customer service. Jesse was amazing ensuring all of my extra requests were met. Would definitely use Footprints again for my other properties.
yvonne manns 07/20/22 — google
These guys do what they say and they have a crew that was very responsive even though I’m picky. Definitely using them again. Thank you !!
Jeremy L. Yoakam 07/14/22 — google
So glad we got hooked up with Footprints for our wood floor refinishing. Everything went just as Todd and then Jesse, our Project Manager, described. Jesse followed up before, during, and after for quality assurance and to make sure his crew had all the information and materials they would need to complete the job seamlessly. Communication was great. Freddie, our craftsman, was a real pro! You could tell he had lots of knowledge, experience and great technique. He was timely, efficient, and a real pleasure to have around. Dust was minimal, their cleanup was excellent, and my floors are beautiful! I’m happy!
Becky H 07/11/22 — google
Footprints refinished my wood floors and installed tile in the kids bath. They were able synchronize both jobs and finished on the promised day. The contractors knew their stuff and footprints project manager kept on top Of the work from beginning to end. Will use their services again.
Allen Banick 07/9/22 — google
Very satisfied with the work. Had three different wood flooring companies come and look at my 100 years old floors. Footprints Floors was the only company that was confident on working on such a classic style parquet floors. Very profesional and quick. Was surprised on how little sawdust was left behind for such an intense job. Floors look amazing. Crew was friendly and answered any questions I had. Would recommend to my friends.
Jose Campos 07/8/22 — google
Installed luxury vinyl plank in living room, dining room, kitchen, bathroom and hall.
Gary Nadeau 07/7/22 — google
I had a great experience, everyone was exceptional to Ricardo and Jesse. I will be using them in the future for any flooring needs. Wonderful people.
Amy Eagen 07/1/22 — google
Very pleased with all aspects of our flooring repair. I recommend them.
Jeff Bahde 07/1/22 — google
I hired these guys to install new vinyl planks in my kitchen and downstairs hallway. It all looks great! The were very professional and completed the work relatively quickly. We're looking at selling in the next year, so this will definitely add value!
Matt Chalupsky 06/29/22 — google
Footprints did an incredible job on our wood floors and tile. Grant was exceptional at managing our overall experience. While the end result turned out great, Grant is the reason I'd come back again on our next project. He's an exceptional project manager.
Layne Solheim 06/23/22 — google
Jesse and Juan were great to work with! Went above and beyond to get our floors done on a quick turnaround so that we could move in to our new home. Floors look incredible!
Bjorn Olson 06/18/22 — google
We had a very good experience with Footprint Floors refinishing our floors. Todd the sales person was professional throughout the process. Jordan was our project manager with superb customer service. From our experience with the company I gladly recommend Them.
Jesus Perez 06/17/22 — google
They were prompt, patient as I dithered over hardwood floor stains, and fast. Jesse, the foreman, was great to work with. And the crew, Fidel and Modesto, were wonderful as well. Very pleased with my newly refinished floors!
Coral Scherma 06/16/22 — google
This is the second time we’ve used Footprints Floors for work in our home. We used them for tile prior, this time we used them for wood floor lacing where they refinished our original wood floors and laced in new wood to extend our wood floors to the entire main level. Our project manager, Jesse, was amazing and checked in with us throughout the process with status updates, advice, and helping keep the installers on track. He went out of his way and above and beyond to help make sure we were happy with our stain choice and the final product. He personally checked in with us each day and managed the project well.
Manda True 06/12/22 — google
Jesse Nicholas and Marcos were great to work with and very professional. An excellent team.
Rod Henderson 06/8/22 — 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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