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Chandler flooring specialist sees uptick in business

December 9th, 2021 development
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Chandler flooring specialist sees uptick in business

Santan Sun News Staff

Matt GiIstrap’s business gives him the chance to demonstrate his passion and skill for remodeling and designing.

The Oregon native last year moved to Chandler and also opened Footprints Floors – a business that makes it easy for people to buy flooring and accent walls without ever leaving their home.

“I have always had a passion for remodel and design,” Gilstrap said. “I love learning about the customers’ vision for the project and working together so see it come to life. I was drawn to flooring because there are so many choices and it makes such an impact. It’s the foundation to any great remodel.”

Gilstrap specializes in installing luxury vinyl plank flooring, laminate, tile flooring, tile showers, backsplash and accent walls

Though he has no storefront, he said, “We offer products using our mobile showroom that we bring to you or customers can use our ‘visualizer’ tool on our website to shop from home.

Not surprisingly, he hardly skipped a beat during the worst of the pandemic – particularly as people stayed home and got to pay more attention to their surroundings and where they might spruce things up.

“When the shutdowns first happened, we saw a little slow down but it didn’t last long,” Gilstrap said. “Once customers were confident in our safety precautions and we could go back into homes, business picked back up.

“Between the real estate boom, people relocating, and people spending more time working and learning from home, they began tackling projects and re-investing money back into their homes. We haven’t slowed down since. Year over year, we’ve seen an increase in revenue.”

And one of the areas in their homes that people tend to notice quickly is the condition of their floors, he said.

“As people continue to work and learn from home, it’s easier to notice the projects you’ve overlooked or improvements you’ve been putting off. Because floors are such an integral part of rooms, floors are one of the first places people start,” Gilstrap said.

Yet, the pandemic-driven supply chain disruptions have taken a toll.

“Right now there is a national shortage of glue, which is affecting some of our installs,” he said, “but we work with great vendors and partners that make sure our customers get their new flooring even if a little delayed.”

While he said “I’m looking forward to expanding my territory, giving back to the Chandler community, and hiring a production manager,” Gilstrap also saves time for other priorities in his life.

“As many business owners will tell you,” the challenge of running your own shop is “maintaining a good work life balance.”

“The business is obviously a huge priority, but so is making enough time for my family, friends and hobbies.”

Information: footprintsfloors.com/chandler.

 

I have always had a passion for remodel and design, I love learning about the customers’ vision for the project and working together so see it come to life. I was drawn to flooring because there are so many choices and it makes such an impact. It’s the foundation to any great remodel.– Matt GiIstrap

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